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Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:21 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 6:28 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

One of the most wide-open Heisman races in recent memory has entered the final stage, with the finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy being named on Monday evening.

The following players will be in attendance for the presentation of the award in New York City, in alphabetical order:

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Robert Griffin III
, Baylor
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Trent Richardson
, Alabama

The iconic stiff-arm trophy will be presented to "the most outstanding player in collegiate football" on Saturday evening in the official ceremony hosted by the Heisman Trophy Trust.  The last time five players were finalists for the Heisman Trophy was 2009 when Mark Ingram, Toby Gerhart, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, and Ndamukong Suh all made the trip to New York.   

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Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:20 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

jdusna05, that is exactly the truth.  Griffin is the Heisman winner, but they'll do just what they did to Suh.  The voters will say to Griffin, "Yeah, everything points me to the fact that you had the best season in the country this year.  The eye test, the numbers, how you played in the clutch.  Okay.  I know you're the best player in the country, but why do you have 3 losses?  Couldn't you have stopped the other team from scoring all those points in those losses?"

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:13 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

Why even invite Luck, RG3, and Ball.  They aren't from the SEC.  Are they even eligible to win?  

They should just rename this the SEC MVP Award and then maybe we could just skip the "BCS National Championship Game" and just crown a National Champion at the SEC Championship Game.

Or, they could still play the Championship Game on January 9th but just rename it the "Let's screw Oklahoma State out of a title shot Bowl" presented by Nick Saban

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:12 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

If your argument as to why the SEC is not down this year like most people think is because it has the most NFL talent, I think you should find a new argument.  No one is questioning Alabama's talent.  We are questioning that they only beat 4 teams with winning records.  The SEC this season was a two-trick pony:  LSU and Alabama.  Now that's the title game, even though we've seen it already and one of those teams didn't EVEN PLAY FOR THE CONFERENCE.  LSU should be pissed that they played the SEC title game and Alabama got to rest up and prepare.  Saying the SEC didn't suck this year because of NFL talent is like giving Trent Richardson the Heisman because he'll be a great NFL player.  (Which doesn't make sense either, but it will happen.)

I predict that when we finally get a playoff, people will look to 2011 and this ridiculous All-SEC national title matchup and say, "that was the straw that broke the camel's back."  This is asinine.  There just aren't any other words to describe the big-money facade that is college football right now.  I'll always watch my Huskers, but I'm honestly about to give this sport up here.

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:05 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

"The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity."
So explain to me how a player who breaks the law by testing positive on a drug test DURING THE SEASON and is suspended for a game can be a Heisman finalist? That boggles my mind. While Mathieu might be a good football player, saying his performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity is a joke. I guess the whole Heisman trophy is a joke. Larry Fitzgerald losing to Jason White, Troy Smith winning, Eric Crouch winning. Heisman trophy has become "best player on one of the best teams in the country".

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:58 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

If it goes to the most dynamic player, it has to go to either Mathieu or Richardson. MVP? Griffin or Richardson. Best future NFL player? Richardson or Luck.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:57 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

This is the way I see the heisman trophy race finishing. I am not trying to offend anyone, I'm just giving my opinion.
Finishing 5th is Tyrann Mathieu, suspended for one game, hard for the voters to vote a defender that doesn't set himself apart from the offensive finalist, great athlete with some questionable decision making, will be fine in the NFL as an everyday player, eventual starter, no all pro but a solid everyday player.
Finishing 4th is Montae Ball, he has good numbers but he isn't even the MVP of his own team, he didn't face top defenses, defenses didn't key on just stopping him, didn't see him get the yards after contact that was expected, never saw him carry defenders with him for extra yardage. he will be a decent backup RB in the NFL, he won't be able to run between the tackles effectively in the NFL.
Finishing 3rd is Andrew Luck, His expectations were high this year and he didn't meet up with them, defenses focused on stopping him and it brought his numbers down, He will be starting in the NFL next year and will eventually be in a pro bowl.
Finishing 2nd is Trent Richardson, while his numbers aren't as good as Montae Ball's but defense, but he played against better defenses and rised up and put his better numbers against the top opponents and during nationally televised games, defenses were geared up to stop him and he was consistantly carrying multiple opponents for 5 - 10 yards at a time, he runs strong between the tackles, has the speed to run outside and always finishes off his runs strong, Him and the defense are the reason Alabama is in the BCS NCG, he will probably be back next year with alabama being a heaving favorite for the heisman, eventually being an all pro in the NFL
Finishing 1st and winning the Heisman is Robert Griffin III, while he isn't the same QB that Luck is, He has managed to put his best numbers up when it counts, he hasn't played the strong defenses, he has captured the headlines this year and swept the nation off their feet, I believe he will be in the NFL, but beware he might be a bust, I don't think he has the experience necessary to start in the NFL right away, and he'll most likely be picked high and forced to start for a bad team which will hurt his growth as a QB, I really hope I am wrong about him because he is fun to watch  

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:41 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

Lamichael James would have been in there if he would not have misssed a game or two, probably should have been anyway. Typical East Coast bias.From what I have  seen I would pick Mathieu, he does it all superbly.

Look at that bias!

Montee Ball- not near the East Coast
Robert Griffen III- not near the East Coast
Andrew Luck- not near the East Coast
Tyrann Mathieu- not near the East Coast
Trent Richardson- not near the East Coast

Can we get some love for an East Coast team in the Heisman Race?  No?  What!  The damn West Coast bias is at it again!

(That East Coast bias line is pretty cliche.  If something isn't exactly how you want it blame the East Coast.)

My only complaints would be that Mathieu doesn't belong in this years Finalist's list.  Sure, he's been pretty amazing at times but uh... Matt Barkley, Kellen Moore or LaMichael James should have been in that spot.  Without a doubt Mathieu should be on the preseason watch list but not a finalist.  Not yet.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:40 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

It'll come down to Luck and Ball, and Luck will get it.
I guess it's better to have luck than balls in this game. Who knew?

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:21 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

hahaha dude your drunk. Penn state is good? Look at their schedule. Ohio state? hahahah even funnier that you consider them a good team. Luck would have carved up Michigans st's defense 

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:08 pm

Five players named Heisman Trophy finalists

Had Bucky not lost two games on fluke plays...the only invite to NY would be MONTEE BALL...however, we lost and this is what we get...not only is Montee a stud RB but, a great kid!

1759 yards rushing / 38 touchdowns..oh and by the way...he catches the ball out of the backfield...and throws a nice deep ball too!

Thanks for another GRE@T Season and G@@D luck in the ROSE Bowl!

Good luck Montee


on Wisconsin!

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