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Why Bearcat Wide Reciever Mardy Gilyard Is Heisman Material

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 27:  Mardy Gilyard #1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats is picturedl during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Nippert Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Robert BContributor IDecember 7, 2009

In a year where it seems nobody wants to win the Heisman, there is one many who has been way overlooked by the voters.  Meet Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati Bearcats Star Wide Receiver.  Im gonna give you a stat that is Heisman worthy from his Big East Championship Game Against Pitt 12 touches 377 yards and two touchdowns.  Ya, you read that correctly 377 yards.  With is team down 31-10 with 1:26 to go in the first half Mardy Gilyard took the kickoff 99 yards to pull his team within two touchdowns before the half.  He followed up his performance in the second half with numerous long kick returns, numerous clutch catches, and a touchdown grab.  Now one game does not win you a Heisman, but Gilyard has been great all season.  Against Rutgers, which was the opening game of the season Gilyard turned in 8 grabs for 89 yards and a touchdown.  In South Florida, against a red hot Bulls team, Gilyard had 5 catches for 75 yards to go with 82 kick return yards.  In a primetime game against Uconn, Gilyard gave the defensive coordinator all night with 12 catches for 172 yards and was a major factor in the return game with 5 returns for 145 yards.  To give you a real idea on how good Gilyard has been this season let me show you his all purpose yards compared to a Heisman Candidate's in CJ Spiller.  Gilyard averages 203 all purpose yards a game to Spiller's 193 yards per game.  Now, when you look at the qualities you must have to win a heisman they are all there for Mardy Gilyard.  Gilyard has everything you are looking for in a Heisman winner.  He is on a top tier team, makes some plays that make you go wow, and he is a winner.  The reason he will not the heisman this year is the media hype, it is just not there for him.  I don't know why but it's not Cincy has had a great season and Gilyard has been a big reason why.  So, when a heisman voter fills out his ballot the winner should read not Mark Ingram, not Colt McCoy, not CJ Spiller, not Tim Tebow, but Mardy Gilyard.

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