Heisman Chaos: A Breakdown Of The 5 Finalist.

Dan RegesterContributor IDecember 10, 2009

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Toby Gerhart #7 of the Stanford Cardinal is congratulated by fans, with one holding a Toby 4 Heisman sign, after they beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Gist 

The supposed year of the quarterback huh? With all three finalist and winner returning from last year, it was almost a sure thing one of the big three in Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, and Colt McCoy would take home the hardware. But as fate would have it, defending winner Bradford would go down in Week 1 with a shoulder injury that would plague his Sooners' disappointing season and left experts to question why he returned in the first place. Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy went on to have decent seasons, but nothing spectacular. Both still seemed to have legitimate chances due to leading and "willing" there teams to undefeated records by championship weekend. Since then Tebow's dreams of a second Heisman seem to be washed away with tears of an SEC and national title spot lose. Meanwhile McCoy almost tarnished his impressive career with one play, not knowing the clock stops when the ball actually hits the ground. McCoy is the only one of the three who actually has a chance of winning but seems to be a long shot. 

So if not a quarterback then who? We are in rare territory as it likely won't be a signal caller. All but one of the Heisman winners this decade have been a QB, that exception being Reggie Bush in 2005. A running back could very likely win this years award, whether it be the NCAA's leader in touchdowns in Stanford's Toby Gerhart, or Crimson Tide's Mark Ingram. Add in a little spice with a defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh who just terrorized opposing offenses all year long and is sure to still be in Colt McCoy's nightmares after a 4.5 sack performance. 

The numbers

Tim Tebow - 18 Passing TDs, 13 Rushing TDs, 5 INTs, 2413 passing yards, 859 rushing yards, 31 total TDs. 

Decent numbers but nothing close to his 55 TD Heisman campaign of two years ago. 

Colt McCoy - 27 Passing TDs, 3 Rushing TDs, 3512 Passing yards, 348 Rushing yards, 30 total TDs.

After a slow start McCoy picked up the pace with his highlight performance coming against in state rival Texas AM. 

Ndamukong Suh - 82 tackles, 47 solo tackles, 12 sacks, 1 INT.

The stats are impressive, but his presence on the field each week was unlike anything I've ever seen. He was a dominant force in every game he played in and did not seem to disappear in any game this season even when he constantly battled the double team. 

Mark Ingram - 249 ATTs, 1542 rushing yards, 15 rushing TDs, 6.2 YPC, 30 Rec, 322 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving TDs.

The constant rock in an offense that for most of the season was one dimensional. Looks to become Alabama's first ever Heisman winner.

Toby Gerhart - 311 ATTs, 1736 rushing yards, 26 rushing TDs, 5.6 YPC, 10 Rec, 149 Receiving yards. 

A force that lead the Cardinal to it's first winning season since 2001. Was at his best the last 4 games of the season against Oregon, USC, Cal, and Notre Dame with 13 TDs and big wins over the Ducks, Trojans, and Fighting Irish. 

My Verdict

The Heisman trophy is suppose to go to the best player in college football, not the best player on the best team. That leads us to the two finalist in which I will not have a problem if either one wins, that being Gerhart or Suh. Both delivered week in and week out against top competition in the Pac 10 and Big 12. Essentially it is a flip of the coin, but I had to go with "White Thunder" Toby Gerhart. When you lead college in rushing yards and TDs in addition to being the main key in changing the culture of a losing program I had to give the nod to Mr. Gerhart. However, like I previously said, I will have no issue if Suh takes the hardware. Both were completely off the radar in the beginning of the season, but now are Heisman hopefuls and highly regarded NFL prospects.