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Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

Posted on: December 4, 2009 9:17 am
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Our armchair voters have spoken.
 
If it were up to our readers Stanford’s Toby Gerhart would get the Heisman. That’s the surprising result of the responses I got this week from approximately 150 readers.
 
I posted a request on my blog earlier this week asking readers for their five candidates.  What prompted me was perhaps the closest Heisman race in history looming with one big weekend left. Gerhart was the somewhat surprising winner, beating out Texas’ Colt McCoy. Alabama’s Mark Ingram was a distant third.
 
Gerhart will not be part of this weekend’s flourish to the finish. Stanford completed its regular season at 8-4 after a victory over Notre Dame. He finished with a flourish running for 205 yards and scoring four touchdowns (including one passing). Toby for Heisman seems to have captured the nation’s attention after the senior rushed for 1,736 yards and 26 touchdowns.
 
The tailback received 446 points and appeared on 116 ballots. He got first-place votes on 37 of those ballots. Gerhart has been a fast riser on other Heisman polls but is assumed to be at a disadvantage because his season is completed. The country may have fallen in love late.

He will still have to survive final statements from Tim Tebow, McCoy and Ingram in the SEC and Big 12 championship games.

Surprises: Tebow finished a distant fourth with only seven first-place votes … Houston quarterback Case Keenum was fifth … Nebraska defensive tackle finished seventh with more first-place votes (13) than Ingram or Tebow.
 
Thirty-four players received votes. Nine received first-place votes.
 
The top 10:
 
1. Toby Gerhart, Stanford, 446 points (37 first-place votes)
2. Colt McCoy, Texas, 398 (32)
3. Mark Ingram, Alabama, 194 (4)
4. Tim Tebow, Florida, 170 (7)
5. Case Keenum, Houston, 128 (7)
6. Kellen Moore, Boise State, 119 (4)
7. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, 113 (13)
8. C.J. Spiller, Clemson, 90 (8)
9. Golden Tate, Notre Dame, 22 (1)
10. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, 13

 

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Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2009 7:22 pm
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

Not a bad list.  More realistic than most I have seen or heard.  However I would make a few adjustments personally. 
1. Gerhart--No change--The man is a load to bring down, has exceptional balance, deceptive speed, and is the leader of his team.  It was killing him to come out for even a play against Notre Dame.  While I did see him play other teams prior to that he single handedly dismantled ND's defense (not a tough task, but it was still amazing to watch) This is coming from a ND fan.  I could not have more respect for the man as a player or athlete at STANFORD...hello.

2. Mark Ingram--Played a tougher schedule in a tougher conference than McCoy.  The Big 12 was soooo weak this year and Texas went largely untested with the exception of the A&M scare and the Huskers.  While I think that Florida's D was so overrated, it was embarrissing to see someone gash their defense so badly last night.  Ingram and his O-line had a signature win in that game that might propel him to the heisman if the voters did not see Gerhart play--which would be a shame.

3. Colt McCoy--Great player on a good team.  He has come up big this year for his team, he's got the stats, however I do not see the competition he has gone against?  The only real test for this team will be in the BCS championship.  OU would have been a test had Bradford not gotten hurt (I cannot believe I just some sort of respect to OU.  I feel my skin crawling as I write this).

4. Ndamukong Suh--Unbelievable force on the D-line.  Few have played as dominant as Suh this year.  The only thing that places him so far down on the list is the weakness of the Big 12.  If he had played in the SEC or played some tougher non conference he could have been a defensive choice.

Scramble the last 6 any way you want...none of them matter.  Weak schedules, weaker schedules, and or poor play in any and/or all the games that mattered to their team.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2009 3:46 pm
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

People need to get over Stats. The trophy is supposed to go to the best player, not the person with the best stats. Ingram is a much better player than Gerhart. He plays very sparingly against the weak teams and has his best games against the tough games. He shares the field with 2-3 other RB's. It's not even close between those two. McCoy has big games late in the season and people forget about the early season mediocrity.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2009 7:41 am
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

cwolnowski wrote:   "... In all seriousness, I believe the voters will weigh heavily that Tebow has had such a stellar career and has played his 4 years in hands-down the toughest conference in the land and has been an emotional leader,  a career record-breaker, as well as an all-around great person..."


I believe your flowery comments  about Tebow winning another Heisman are mostly wishful desires of what you'd like to take place.    I also think Tebow is a very talented and well-mannered young man but your gushing praises of him seem a little over-done.    &
nbsp; And speculating about what all future acheivements Tebow could possibly attain is terribly presumptious if not plain silly.   I don't belive the Heisman voters are quite as infatuated with him as you obviously are and I predict that Colt McCoy will win this year's Heisman Trophy.  (Just think- he already owns the career record of college games won by a quarterback which should nearly guarantee him a Heisman) 



cwolnowski also wrote:   "...Voters love a winner..."

Besides voting for winners and occasionally even making good decisions , over the years the Heisman voters have been guilty of a great many irrationalities.




Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2009 5:45 am
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

Other than LSU, Florida beat a bunch of 7-5 or worse SEC programs (hardly a great conference schedule).   He needs a convincing win over Alabama for any shot at the award. 



Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2009 12:07 am
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

can i hand him the trophy dodd?



Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 5:30 pm
 

Toby deserves it

In addition to having a statistically superior case, his highlights are at least as impressive as anyone else's. Check out this video of Toby running over a Notre Dame cornerback and then carrying the entire secondary on his back. He ran for almost as many yards on this one play as Ingram gained in the entire Iron Bowl:




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:53 pm
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

He has score TD'S in every game, score in 5 different ways and if you were to take him away from Clenson this year they would be 6-6 or worse.I think the same thing can be said for every team that has a heisman candidate this year.  Texas could have lost who knows how man games with McCoy absent.(but we'll never know)  Tebow and the gators the exact same thing. I'm not saying C.J. doesnt have a chance, but I just don't think that is a valid explanation as to why HE should win the Heisman and nobody else should.  Every team has that one player that people think is not replaceable and without him will tank.  But look at Cincinatti this year. When Tony Pike got injured for what... four games?... and  Zach Collaros came in, nobody expected him to perform the way he did.  Tony Pike was a legit Heisman contender, but without him, Cincinatti and Collaros were still extremely good.  1400 yds, 10 td's and only 2 Int.  is not typical of a backup qb for four games.  So how do you know Clemson would have lost more games if he was out? 



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:50 pm
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

He has score TD'S in every game, score in 5 different ways and if you were to take him away from Clenson this year they would be 6-6 or worse.I think the same thing can be said for every team that has a heisman candidate this year.  Texas could have lost who knows how man games with McCoy absent.(but we'll never know)  Tebow and the gators the exact same thing. I'm not saying C.J. doesnt have a chance, but I just don't think that is a valid explanation as to why HE should win the Heisman and nobody else should.  Every team has that one player that people think is not replaceable and without him will tank.  But look at Cincinatti this year. When Tony Pike got injured for what... four games?... and  Zach Collaros came in, nobody expected him to perform the way he did.  Tony Pike was a legit Heisman contender, but without him, Cincinatti and Collaros were still extremely good.  1400 yds, 10 td's and only 2 Int.  is not typical of a backup qb for four games.  So how do you know Clemson would have lost more games if he was out? 



Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:38 pm
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

Suh from Nebraska is an absolute monster and is probably the best football player in college today, so it is not shocking to see him get 7 first place votes.  DTs do not accumulate any "sexy" stats liek QBs and RBs so they get lost in the shuffle but he was about as unblockable as a person can be, and this is coming from someone who can't stand Nebraska and thinks the entire Big 12 is the most overrated conference in all of college football.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:33 pm
 

Gerhart wins readers' Heisman

Another deserving RB got snubbed by the hype machine.   Marshal Falk lost it to that QB...pupming gas in FL somewhere now..


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