As we come to the end of the 2009 college football season, it seems that no one is talking about this year's Heisman Trophy race. Usually this late in the season there are one or two candidates that are the true front-runners for the award. That is not the case this season. Regardless, the award will be given on December 12, 2009.
Tim Tebow started the season as the front runner with Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy rounding out the top three candidates. However, Sam Bradford's shoulder injury ended his season and collegiate career, and Tim Tebow has not been as productive as predicted. Colt McCoy remains a viable candidate, and others have caught the eyes of the college football world.
Here is my list of the Top Five candidates for the 2009 Heisman Trophy. These candidates are presented in no particular order especially since the rivalry and conference championship games have yet to be played.
Yes, Tebow still is in the hunt, and with the SEC Championship game scheduled for December 5 in Atlanta, he has plenty of time to capture the hearts of the Heisman voters. He has much in his favor: he won the award in 2007, garnered more first place votes than any other candidate in 2008, was and will be on national television every week this season, and has the respect and admiration of the Heisman voters.
Will it be enough, or will he have to put the Gators on his back one more time while facing FSU and/or Alabama? This season to date, Tebow has rushed 178 times for 706 yards and 11 TDs, and has completed 145 passes on 223 attempts for 14 TDs and 4 interceptions.
With Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford already owners of the Heisman Trophy, it seemed fitting that Colt McCoy be the sentimental favorite to win it in 2009. He has led the Longhorns to an undefeated season up to this point, and has Texas A&M and Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game to convince voters that he deserves the honor.
Currently No. 4 in Passing, the Senior has a 72.96 completion percentage and has thrown for 3024 yards. However, he has had trouble historically against Texas A&M, and must face Nebraska in two weeks. Will McCoy be able to swing enough voters his way to capture the elusive Heisman Trophy?
Unless you are a Crimson Tide fan, you probably never heard of Mark Ingram prior to the 2009 season. Now he is a household name in the college football world.
In 11 games, Ingram has carried the rock 205 times and rushed for 1,399 yards and 12 TDs. He is averaging 6.82 yards per carry, and 127.18 yards per game.
Ingram now must face rival Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl, and then face Florida in the SEC Championship game. Auburn is ranked No. 88 in rushing defense, but Florida is ranked No. 7. Auburn may look to be an easy opponent, but they are a fierce rival.
Many feel that the SEC Championship game is the National Championship game for all intents and purposes. The winner will most likely face Texas for the National Championship, and Ingram will have two opportunities to show everyone he is worthy of the Heisman.
The Junior QB has had a rough November. First he and the Irish have lost three straight games to Navy, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut, and are on their way to the West Coast to face Stanford in their last regular season game. Worse, after having dinner with friends and family after the Connecticut game, an Irish "fan" punched him in the face and gave him a black eye. Welcome to Notre Dame football.
Through 11 games, Clausen has thrown for 3,382 yards, 23 TDs, and 4 interceptions. It is unfortunate that the Irish defense gives up more points than Clausen and the offense put up; nevertheless, Clausen's production has been stellar, and he does play for Notre Dame. Unfortunately, the press have been more focused on Charlie Weis' inevitable departure than Clausen's Heisman chances.
At least there is something positive coming out of the ACC this season because it surely isn't a football team. C.J. Spiller has been carrying the Clemson Tigers on his back, and has put up some very nice numbers doing so.
Clemson, winners of six straight, face the OBC, Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks in their annual meetings this weekend. Then on to Tampa, FL to face Georgia Tech for the ACC Championship.
Through 11 games, Spiller has rushed 172 times for 940 yards and seven TDs. He even threw a touchdown pass against North Carolina State.
Will Spiller have the opportunity to sway any voters over to his side in these two final games? Personally, I don't think so, but he does deserve consideration.