Just days after the conference championships were decided, the Heisman Trophy committee has announced the finalists for this year’s award. This is the first time since 2004, when USC’s Matt Leinart won the award, that five players have been invited to New York City for the ceremony. The award will be given in a ceremony in NYC on Saturday, December 12, and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Right now, based on media coverage of the conference championship games and ensuing BCS bowl game announcements, it would appear as though Alabama RB Mark Ingram would be the leading candidate for the award following his stellar performance against Florida on Saturday. He is followed closely by Stanford RB Toby Gerhart, as well as Texas QB Colt McCoy, who all but blew his chances in front of a national television audience as he attempted to lock up the award Saturday night. To round out the five finalists, Florida QB Tim Tebow and Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh will give chase and should be long-shots to win this year’s award.
Let’s review some highlights from each of these finalists’ seasons:
Alabama’s Mark Ingram
249 carries for 1,542 yards rushing (6.2 yards per carry) and 15 TDs; 30 catches for 322 yards and 3 TDs
Stanford’s Toby Gerhert
311 carries for 1,736 yards and 26 TDs; 10 catches for 149 yards and 0 TDs
Texas’ Colt McCoy
3,512 yards passing and 27 TDs (12 INTs), good for a 70.5% completion rate; 128 carries for 348 yards rushing and 3 TDs; winningest college QB of all time
This one game says enough about McCoy to summarize the season…
Florida’s Tim Tebow
2,413 yards passing for 18 TDs (5 INTs), good for 65.2% completion rate; 203 carries for 859 yards rushing and 13 TDs
Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh
82 tackles (47 solo), 12 sacks, 1 INT, 10 passes deflected
By far, the Big 12 Championship game against #3 Texas was Suh’s highlight reel for 2009 – 12 total tackles (10 solo) and 4 sacks.
Honestly, so long as former ou RB Billy Sims isn’t on stage yelling “boomer! sooner!” as he did in 2008 when ou QB Sam Bradford won the award, the college football nation should be content with the voter’s decision. As for Eyes Of TX, let’s take a look at the predictions:
Eyes Of TX’s 2009 Heisman Trophy Prediction:
1. Alabama RB Mark Ingram
2. Texas QB Colt McCoy
3. Stanford RB Toby Gerhart
4. Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
5. Florida QB Tim Tebow