There is no question that one can make an argument for all five Heisman Trophy candidates of 2009.
Colt McCoy's 3,500 passing yards, 70 percent completion rate, and 27 touchdowns are nice, especially when they help your team go undefeated and earn its second trip to the BCS title game in five seasons, but what about his 12 interceptions—three of which came in the Longhorns' biggest game? Is that what we want in a Heisman winner?
Maybe, maybe not.
A quick glance below at the remaining Heisman finalists who will appear in New York on Saturday may raise some eyebrows as well.
While Tim Tebow's contribution to college football over the last four years must be appreciated (SEC all-time leader in touchdowns, two national titles, one Heisman trophy to his credit already,) the 2009 edition of Tebow was more like a Gator without teeth...no bite. Tebow was seventh in passing yards and fifth in touchdown throws in his own conference.
Mark Ingram wasn't even the best running back on his own team at times. Against Alabama's toughest opponents, Ingram played his worst: 99 yards and no touchdowns against Tennessee, 30 yards and no touchdowns against Auburn, and 113 yards against Florida.
He did have three touchdowns in the SEC Championship game, but he wasn't the best player on the field that night. That honor went to his own teammate, Greg McElroy.
Ndamukong Suh: Wow, is he impressive. Wow, is he about to be really, really rich. But come on...a defensive player? There has only been one ever.
The argument for Suh is that there is not a true dominant player this year, so let's give it to a defensive guy. Really, is that the criteria for a Heisman winner?
Last, but not least, we have Toby Gerhart. There is no doubt his numbers are Heisman worthy. He leads the nation with 311 carries, 1,736 yards, and 27 touchdowns. He also leads a team that had extremely impressive wins over Oregon and USC. He was more impressive every time I saw him play.
However, I think there are a few players who won't be in New York that the Heisman committee and national media may have missed. Check them out.