Who Deserves The Heisman?

Max GrossCorrespondent INovember 8, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alabama RB Mark Ingram is making a strong case for the Heisman trophy. Ingram has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark in Alabama's victory over LSU on Saturday and leads ESPN's Heisman voting. Ingram has been an impact player all year and is second in the nation's best defensive conference in rushing. Ingram will continue to "wow" opponents and voters as the Tide have an easy road to the SEC championship game.

Currently sitting in second place is Houston QB Case Keenum. Keenum has already thrown  for over 3,000 yards (3,293) including 559 yards in a comeback win over Tulsa. Many may argue that Keenum's outrageous numbers are due to a poor schedule but Keenum has demolished opponents by only throwing for less than 300 yards once. Look for Keenum to rack up close to 5,000 yards this season.

Jimmy Clausen is third in my mind, the Notre Dame QB has thrown 18 TD's to only 2 interceptions. A strong arguement against Clausen is he has not been good against ranked opponents. The Irish QB was unable to win against Navy. Look for Clausen to try to excel in the national spotlight in the next three games.

How can you leave Florida QB Tim Tebow out of the Heisman conversation? The two time finalist and one time winner is at again already collecting 18 TD's in an amazing defensive conference. Tebow's tough remaining schedule could work for him if he is able to put up big numbers.But it could also go against him if he struggles. Look for Tebow to shine in the SEC championship against Alabama, which could end up being a Heisman showdown Ingram vs. Tebow.

The dark horse Heisman candidate is Stanford RB Toby Gerhart. You may think Gerhart should be nowhere near the Heisman conversation, but the PAC-10 leader in rushing has gone over 200 yards twice this season (including 223 against Oregon).This is also one more than Alabama RB Mark Ingram. Gerhart's 13 touchdowns have led the cardinal to a 6-2 record. Look for Gerhart to put up big numbers in the next three games all against ranked opponents.