Heisman Watch Week 13: Toby Gerhart, Tim Tebow, and Colt McCoy Breakout

Bleacher ReportContributor INovember 29, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks to pass the ball downfield against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half at Kyle Field on November 26, 2009 in College Station, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Aggies 49-39. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
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Mark Ingram

Not the kind of performance we’ve come to expect from Ingram in weeks past, as he was even out-rushed by his own teammate, Trent Richardson. Suddenly, it becomes very astounding that Ingram has been held below 100 yards in five of the Crimson Tide’s 12 games, which is a rather large percentage for a Heisman hopeful.

A big game against Florida in the all-important SEC Championship game would likely make all the voters forget about his game against Auburn, and maybe could secure the trophy for him.


Toby Gerhart

Gerhart took full advantage of a national broadcast against the Irish to put on a real show. The Cardinal running back threw for a very important touchdown, ran for three more and rushed for 200+ yards for the third time this year.

As compared to Ingram, who has five games under 100, Gerhart has only two, and none less than 82 yards. The only fault against Gerhart maybe the fact that in a group of undefeated and nationally ranked Heisman candidates, he is on an only pretty good Stanford squad. Gerhart finishes his best collegiate regular season with 1726 yards and 26 touchdowns.


CJ Spiller

In breaking the NCAA record for career kickoff returns, it was lost just how well South Carolina restricted the output of the senior running back on Saturday, limiting Spiller to just 18 yards rushing.

Spiller had better step it up against Georgia Tech next weekend if he even wants an invite to New York City. The loss doesn’t help either, as Spiller sees himself in the same boat as Gerhart in terms of only very good players on very good teams.


Tim Tebow

Senior day at the Swamp was good to Tebow and the Gators, and Tebow did not disappoint in maybe his best performance of the season against Florida State.

Accounting for a combined five touchdowns—two on the ground and three through the air—Tebow showed just why he is still among the Heisman favorites even though his statistics this year have not been up to his usual output.

Just like Ingram, the quarterback’s performance in the SEC Championship Game will be important to his Heisman hopes.


Colt McCoy

Proving just how thankful Longhorns fans should be for him on Thanksgiving night, as McCoy did everything and a little bit more to help the Longhorns stay well entrenched in the national title picture and bolstered his Heisman hopes against Texas A&M.

The senior quarterback had 304 yards passing and four touchdowns against the Aggie defense and definitely helped prove himself to be the best quarterback in the nation in the second half of the season.

Plus, the senior leader had a career high in rushing yards. One more game against Nebraska looms in the Longhorns road to the title game and in McCoy’s route to the Heisman trophy.