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My 2011 Heisman ballot

Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:48 pm

In the interest of fair play and ethics, I did actually wait until all the games were played to file my ballot on Sunday. Here, in my opinion, are the three most outstanding players of 2011 ...

1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: The Stiff Arm needs some polishing. RGIII has the shammy.

In the last year, Reggie Bush has had to return the award. There was all the controversy swirling around Cam Newton. I’ll never get out of my head, the image of Newton being escorted by eight – 8! – security guards to his Heisman press conference.

Don’t think Griffin will need that. He is smart, charismatic and absolutely the best player in America. A one-man team? Pretty darn close. Baylor isn’t 9-3 without him.

His Heisman moment came on Nov. 19 with that last-second pass against Oklahoma. His final statement was unforgettable, four total touchdowns Saturday against Texas. He is assured of going down in history regardless. Griffin leads the country in pass efficiency and if his current numbers hold up, he would set an NCAA single-season record.

2. Montee Ball, TB, Wisconsin: Wisconsin pumps out 1,000-yard rushers like Milwaukee pumps out beer. This one is special.

At the beginning of the season, there was more buzz about 2010 consensus Big Ten freshman of the year, James White. At the end of it, Ball become Big Ten offensive player of the year. There’s never anything wrong with Big Ten’s leading rusher playing for the Big Ten champions becoming a Heisman finalist.

In a program that specializes in sharing the ball, Ball currently leads the country in rushing yards (1,759) and total touchdowns (38). On that subject: Ball needs two more touchdowns to break Barry Sanders’ 23-year-old record for most tds in a season. They would come in the Rose Bowl against Oregon. The junior is taking nothing for granted.

“It could be the last team I play, it could be the last camera I talk to,” Ball said. “You’ve just got to embrace it.”


3. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: What’s a little synthetic chronic between friends? OK, that’s not fair. Honey Badger was technically suspended for the Auburn game for a violation of team rules.

After watching this kid all year, frankly, I don’t care. Bush once won a Heisman. I’ll take my chances with Mathieu and his blonde Fauxhawk. Besides, the Honey Badger takes what he wants

Mathieu combines the daring of Deion with multi-purpose ability of Charles Woodson, all in a 5-foot-9, 180-pound package. He has created the “Badger play”. In 25 career games, he has averaged at least one of these per game: interception, punt return for touchdown, fumble recovery, forced fumble.

How ridiculous is LSU’s defense? Fellow cornerback Morris Claiborne is an All-American. Mathieu is a Heisman candidate. 


Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:35 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

So stat padding is what the award is for:  49-3, no 1st team skill position players and more than 1/2 the starting defense on the sideline
23 - 41 for under 260 yds.  
Those are RG III stats after 3 qtrs against the vaunted Okie state D.  
Then when they put up 21 useless points in the 4th and got him over 400 yds they celebrated a 30 pt beating.  


Nobody in college football is more deserving than Andrew Luck or possibly the kid from LSU.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:29 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Griffin was not the best quarterback in college this year.  Griffin's four TDs against TEXAS sure don't count for much.  UT's corners and safeties (especially senior Blake Gideon) got burned most games.  And Robert didn't take his team as far as Luck or Weeden did theirs.  No, Griffin is not Heisman worthy.

Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:29 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Let it go, 19 year olds make mistakes. I'm sure you've made a few and were forgiven.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:29 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I think we can all agree on one thing... How in the world does the Heisman let Dennis Dodd vote??

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:18 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

First of all, Dodd, the Honey Badger also tokes what he wants.

The Heisman Trophy voting has reached the point that what you do on the first Saturday in December has become the deciding factor in who wins it.

Two years ago, Mark Ingram won the Heisman with a great performance in the 2009 SEC championship game against Florida in a matchup between two 12-0 teams.

On the other hand, Colt McCoy had the Heisman won going into the Big 12 championship game against Nebraska later that night, but lost it with a sub-par outing.

Meanwhile, Suh vaulted into an invitation to the Heisman ceremony in New York with a dominating performance in the same game that almost allowed Nebraska to pull off a major upset.

As with Suh, the Honey Badger wasn't in the top five until his two punt returns rescued LSU from a first half deficit against Georgia and sparked a comeback that demolished the Dawgs in the SEC championship game, which earned him an invite to New York.

When you consider that his punt return for a TD against Arkansas the previous week turned another LSU deficit into a rout, Mathieu vaulted over several other players into a serious contender for the award, 

As for RG3, he took full advantage of the Big 12 not having a championship game for the first (and probably only) time in its history by having a big game on the national stage against a mediocre Texas team, which appears to have clinched the Heisman. 

Had the Big 12 played its championship game last Saturday, RG3 would not have been in action that day.
Instead, Baylor would have played Texas earlier in the season on regional television and very few national media types would have seen it. 

Although Ball had been mentioned in the Heisman discussion, his profile exploded with a strong performance in the first Big 10 championship game last Saturday night.

On the flip side, Luck and Richardson didn't play last Saturday, which appears to have killed their chances.

Had Richardson's monster game against Auburn been played last Saturday, instead of the previous Saturday, he would have probably won it because he had the Heisman highlight run late in the four quarter that capped a great performance. 

As with Richardson, had Luck's game against Notre Dame that included four touchdown passes been played last Saturday, instead of the previous Saturday, he would be in a photo finish for the award.

Nonetheless, it is what is, and the simple fact is that in any year there are multiple contenders for the Heisman without anyone being able to separate from the pack, the player that has the best game on the first Saturday in December will probably win it. 

Any leading contender that doesn't play on that day will most likley be on the outside looking in. 


Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:30 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Well I'm a Tide fan, but I don't think Trent Richardson deserves the Heisman this year.  Maybe that O-Line with Barron and Vlachos does, but not quite Trent Richardson. Let's face it, when Ingram was there, TR was just as good or better on a per carry basis.  Now if you look at the Tide backfield, Lacey is just as good or better on a per carry basis.  Plus, TR got totally stuffed when we faced LSU... when it counted.

RGIII definitely should win, but I'm afraid the voters will default to Andrew Luck (or maybe even Richardson).  He'll I'd even consider that OSU QB Weeden in the mix... They go no where without him this year.  Can't argue with Ball or Tyron Mathieu either. 

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:45 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Hopefully they give the heisman to the guy with the best stats this year. And that is definately RG3. They will look at Andrew Luck and say he is the best qb in college, and they are absolutely correct. But Rg3 has way better stats. It seems like a hands down Rg3 victory. Well said Dodd.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:25 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

RG3 WILL have a great NFL career based on his statistics, his decision making on the field and his intelligence.  I must admit that my opinion of his intelligence is based on television interviews.  I find that he is very well spoken and fully answers the questions that are put to him.  With that being said, the Heisman is about being the best COLLEGE football player.  NFL MVP's and other awards recognise the best PRO players.  And with THAT being said, I am an LSU fan and I still think Tyrann Mathieu is the best college player and deserves the Heisman.  Last year, Cam Newton was given the benefit of the doubt because nothing had been proven concerning his recruitment.  This year Tyrann Mathieu was sidelined for one game and all that can be proven is that he was disciplined for breaking a team rule, so he should get the benefit of the doubt as well.  As to his talent compared to the other players, he would not even be given consideration for the award, being a player on defense and special teams, if he was not such a game changer.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:08 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Dodd is right on the money with this one actually.  Good job!

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:29 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Well for someone will do in the NFL has absolutely nothing to do with the Heisman so not even sure what your point is. Secondly, Griffin will flop because what precisely? Are you like those same critics who said Cam Newton was going to flop? Griffin can fit various systems as well as he is actually a damn good passer. If you watched at all you would already know this.

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