2009 Heisman Trophy Race: Colt McCoy Leads Tight Race Into Championship Weekend
Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Heisman race still looks to be a tight one.
With big name quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy topping the list, with conference championship games left to play.
Not to mention overshadowed, but impressive, sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore.
Running backs Mark Ingram and Tony Gerhart have impressed, but do they have the star power to take the trophy?
Let's take a quick look at the top five candidates.
Colt McCoy-Senior-University of Texas
Senior Quarterback Colt McCoy is the front runner headed into the final week of the regular season. With impressive stats and a undefeated Longhorns team behind him, his chances look good.
He needs a solid game in a win over Nebraska to cement his argument for the award.
@ Texas A&M. Colt put up nearly 500 yards of total offense against the rival Aggies. Tossing four touchdowns and running for another, keeping his Longhorns National Title Hopes Alive.
Passing: 310-468 for 3605 yards. 71 Percent Completion Percentage. 29 Touchdowns to 10 Interceptions
Rushing: 111 attempts for 368 yards. Two touchdowns.
Toby Gerhart-Senior-Stanford University
Senior Running Back Toby Gerhart has exploded on the national scene this year on a resurgent Stanford Cardinal team.
He has been the workhorse for a team that was the surprise of the PAC-10 this year.
Foreshadowing this year's production with a solid year last year, he has put up Heisman-worthy stats all season, and has had several big games against noteworthy opponents.
The Cardinal are finished playing for the year, but he did take full advantage of his last opportunity to showcase his talents against Notre Dame.
Statement Game: There are a few to choose from, but his 223 yards and three touchdowns against Oregon stand out above the rest.
Rushing: 311 carries for 1736 yards. 5.6 yards a carry. 26 Touchdowns.
Receiving: 20 Receptions for 149 yards.
Tim Tebow-Senior-University of Florida
Tim Tebow's career at Florida has been extraordinary. Two national championship rings, and a Heisman trophy in 2007.
This is not, however, a lifetime achievement award and should be given based on the merits of this season.
Luckily for Tebow, he doesn't need to rely on past accomplishments as this season has been impressive in it's own right.
While his passing numbers are not on par with McCoy's, his rushing yards do bridge the gap. He is still right in the race going into the final weekend, and has the opportunity to match McCoy's outstanding effort on the big stage in the SEC Title game.
Statement Game: While the best chance for a statement game is this weekend against Alabama, his huge performance in the win route over Florida State turned some attention back to him. Putting up five touchdowns and contributing over 300 yards total offense.
Passing: 162-244 for 2166 yards. 66 percent completion. 18 touchdowns to four interceptions
Rushing: 193-796 yards. 4.1 yards a carry. 13 Touchdowns.
Mark Ingram-Sophomore-University of Alabama
After a solid freshman campaign Mark Ingram has taken the SEC by storm this year.
Leading the undefeated Crimson Tide into the SEC Title game against Florida, with a shot at the National Title on the line.
The adage used to be a Sophomore could never win the Heisman. The last two years we have watched two Sophomore Quarterbacks take home the trophy. Will Ingram be the first running back?
He has the stage to propel himself to the top this Saturday against Florida in the SEC Title game.
Statement Game: Ingram has had several big games this season, and while not his most impressive statically, his 144 yard on 6.5 yards a carry effort in a close win over conference foe LSU stands out.
Like McCoy and Tebow, Ingram has his best chance to put his talents on display on Saturday.
Rushing: 239 for 1429 yards. 6.5 yards a carry with 13 touchdowns.
Receiving: 28 for 246 yards. Three Touchdowns.
Kellen Moore- Sophomore-Boise State University
Kellen Moore followed up his excellent freshman campaign with another impressive season, putting Boise State in position to possibly receive a BCS Bowl bid this year.
While his total yards is down, a product of less throwing attempts, he has thrown 13 more touchdowns and seven less interceptions.
Like Ingram, he is a sophomore, and has two upperclassmen at his position vying for the trophy. While his numbers are impressive an he leads an undefeated team, it has been too long since BSU last big win.
That will be a big hurdle to overcome when it comes time for the votes to be counted. Expect him to be in the race against next year, however.
Statement Game: While he has had more impressive statistical games, the one that stands out is the biggest game of the season for them, Oregon.
Managing the offense without turnovers-zero interceptions- Moore put his team in position to pull off the upset over the now Rose Bowl bound Oregon Ducks.
At 197 yards and one touchdown, it wasn't his most impressive performance, it has meant the most to the team this year.
Passing: 235-362 for 2053 yards. 64.9 percent completion percentage. 38 touchdowns to three interceptions.