Heisman Watch Week 12: Gerhart Shines in a Loss

Bleacher ReportContributor INovember 22, 2009

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Toby Gerhart #7 of the Stanford Cardinal breaks through the line on his way to scoring his first touchdown against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Mark Ingram

Chattanooga looked just silly trying to contain Mark Ingram in the few touches he got on Saturday. Even though the Crimson Tide back had limited action, he still managed to rush fro more than 100 yards for the seventh time, and added two touchdown runs. One of the runs was especially impressive, as Ingram took multiple defenders with him to the end zone during their futile attempt to bring him down.

Toby Gerhart

Gerhart followed his best performance of the season with an even better one on Saturday, but unfortunately for Gerhart and the Cardinal, it came in a loss. Rushing for 136 yards and four touchdowns, the Cardinal running back helped Stanford out to an early lead.

But Cal, despite a running back by committee situation after Jahvid Best was unable to go, scored 24 unanswered. With Andrew Luck struggling the Cardinal offense was dependent on Gerhart’s performance.

And perform he did. After rushing for two big scores in the first half, he rushed for two more—one at the end of the third quarter and another midway through the fourth. But it was all for naught, as Stanford could not make the comeback complete, falling 34-28.

Colt McCoy

McCoy finally got some playing time in an important Big 12 matchup with Kansas, and showed his full potential against the Jayhawks. Throwing for four touchdowns and 396 yards McCoy was efficient as ever and continued a strong season.

McCoy hit eight different receivers on the night and three different receivers for touchdown passes, including Jordan Shipley’s 108-yard, one touchdown performance. With Texas A&M and Nebraska in the Big 12 title game in his future, McCoy will need to use these next two games to make his final statement for the Heisman voters strong.

Tim Tebow

Tebow put in another solid performance on Saturday in the Gator’s cakewalk victory over Florida International, 62-3. Tebow contributed two touchdowns through the air and another on the ground, the latter giving Tebow the SEC rushing touchdown career record. His efficiency continues to be very high in his limited action, which is what he will need in order to keep his name on these lists.

CJ Spiller

On his senior day, CJ Spiller didn’t do a whole lot to boost his Heisman hopes, but he did help get Clemson into the ACC Championship Game, and as we all know a successful team really helps if you want a bronze trophy in your trophy case. Spiller had just 58 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers 34-21 victory over Virginia on Saturday.

Next week’s match up with rivals South Carolina, which will be nationally broadcast, may be a good opportunity for the back to make a big statement.