Pre-Ceremony Projected Heisman Finalist Standings

Ian O'BrienCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 10:  Running back Mark Ingram of the Alabama Crimson Tide arrives on the red carpet before the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards at the Disney Boardwalk on December 10, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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5. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska- 82 tackles, 12 sacks, one interception

Suh had an amazing performance in the Big 12 Championship with four sacks and is considered by many to be a top-five NFL Draft pick. He would be the second defensive Heisman winner in history, but Nebraska's four losses and terrible offense will likely cost Suh the Heisman even though they weren't his fault.

4. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida- 2,413 yards, 65.2 CMP%, 18 TDs, five INT; 203 carries, 859 yards, 13 TDs, 4.2 ypc

Tebow probably cost himself a shot at a second Heisman after Florida lost the SEC Championship. He lost receiving weapons Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy to the 2009 NFL Draft, so that made it more difficult for him to match his sophomore and junior numbers.

3. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford- 311 carries, 1,736 yards, 26 TDs, 5.6 ypc

Gerhart has been unstoppable all year.  Not even Oregon or USC could stop him, and he shined on national TV against Notre Dame with Stanford fans chanting "Heisman! Heisman!" Stanford has four losses, so that will probably cost Gerhart the Heisman just like it did Larry Fitzgerald. None of the losses were his fault, though. If it were up to me, I would give Gerhart the Heisman.

2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas- 3,512 yards, 70.5 CMP%, 27 TDs, 12 INT

Texas sure got lucky last week. McCoy had nothing to be proud of, though. Hunter Lawrence won the game for them, and if McCoy wins the Heisman, he should thank Lawrence for saving his butt. He was the favorite to win the Heisman, but his performance against Nebraska will not likely get him a Heisman trophy. He threw no TDs and 3 interceptions.

1. Mark Ingram- 249 carries, 1,542 yards, 15 TD, 6.2 ypc

Ingram is my pick to win the Heisman because Alabama is the No. 1 team in the nation, and the voters will take that into account as he is their star player. He redeemed himself in the SEC Championship after having a bad game against Auburn.