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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. 

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Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:58 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Heisman is for the best player in college football, not "most likely to succeed in the NFL". If Cam Newton won it last year, RGIII should be a shoe-in this year (nothing racial meant there, so please don't insult me with that argument).  RGIII is a better passer and (my person bias) a helluva lot more likeable than Newton. However, Newton went undefeated and was a stellar college player. Not trying to say he wasn't deserving of the award, mind you, just trying to make comparisons to last year's Heisman winner vs this year's contenders.

Based on numbers, RGIII > Barkley > Luck in terms of quarterbacks. Based on numbers again, Ball > Richardson in terms of backs (and Ball is within 2 TD's of Barry friggin Sander's record playing in a typically defend-the-run-first conference). Mathieu is in a class all by himself and would be a solid choice based on how many games he's changed and the fact that he is standing out on an undefeated team. 

All in all, I agree that this is the correct list.  If any of these three wins, the right choice will have been made. All deserving for their respective positions. I also agree that if Mathieu doesn't win, the odds of another defensive player winning the Heisman soon are probably abysmal.

I love college football !



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:33 pm
 

I stand corrected

Evidently, Laura whoever at the time of 17 was involved in a fatal car accident.  I believe everything else I posted was correct, but this was not.  Sorry. 



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:51 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

No doubt Jza.    Honey Badger had fewer chances to make "offensive" impact but still managed to score 4 TDs.     He had some unbelievable plays on the defensive side early this year.   I too thought LSU was good but was suprised they were so great.




Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:55 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

This won't be the first time you're wrong Dodd.



Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:52 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

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 has finally opened up publicly about the mysterious car accident she had when she was 17, a crash that claimed the life of a high school friend on a dark country road in Midland, Tex.

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In her new book, “Spoken From the Heart,” Mrs. Bush describes in vivid detail the circumstances surrounding the crash, which has haunted her for most of her adult life and which became the subject of questions and speculation when it was revealed during her husband’s first presidential run. A copy of the book, scheduled for release in early May, was obtained by The New York Times at a bookstore.

On several occasions in the book, Mrs. Bush admonishes her husband’s political adversaries for “calling him names,” and she pointedly rebuts criticism of some of his key decisions. She suggested that his highly criticized fly-over of New Orleans after  was in the best interests of the victims and aid workers on the ground.

“He did not want one single life to be lost because someone was catering to the logistical requirements of a president,” she says about the Katrina fly-over. “He did not want his convoy of vehicles to block trucks delivering water or food or medical supplies, or to impede National Guardsmen from around the nation who were arriving to help.”

Mrs. Bush also suggests, apparently for the first time, that she, Mr. Bush, and several members of their staff may have been poisoned during a visit to Germany for a G8 Summit. They all became mysteriously sick, and the president was bedridden for part of the trip. The Secret Service investigated the possibility they were poisoned, she writes, but doctors could only conclude that they all contracted a virus. After noting several high-profile poisonings, she wrote, “we never learned if any other delegations became ill, or if ours, mysteriously, was the only one.”

Later, Mrs. Bush takes on , the Democrat who is speaker of the House of Representatives, for calling Mr. Bush “an incompetent leader” and for saying he lacked judgment, knowledge and experience. She also bristles at the insults thrown at Mr. Bush by the Democratic leader in the Senate, , quoting him as calling her husband a “loser” and a “liar.”

“The comments were uncalled for and graceless,” she writes. “While a president’s political opponents, as well as his supporters, are entitled to make what they see as legitimate criticisms, and while our national debates should be spirited, these particular words revealed the petty and parochial nature of some who serve in Congress.”

But it is her description of the deadly accident, and its subsequent impact on her life and her faith, that is the subject Mrs. Bush had most shied away from speaking about in her public life. On a November night in 1963, Mrs. Bush and a girlfriend were hurrying to a drive-in theater when Mrs. Bush, at the wheel of her father’s Chevy Impala, ran a stop sign on a small road and smashed into a car being driven by Mike Douglas, a star athlete and popular student at her school.

“In those awful seconds, the car door must have been flung open by the impact and my body rose in the air until gravity took over and I was pulled, hard and fast, back to earth,” she says. “The whole time,” she adds later, “I was praying that the person in the other car was alive. In my mind, I was calling ‘Please, God. Please, God. Please, God,’ over and over and over again.”

Mrs. Bush concedes that she and her friend were chatting when she ran the stop sign. But she also suggests a host of factors beyond her control played a role — the pitch-black road, an unusually dangerous intersection, the small size of the stop sign, and the car the victim was driving.

“It was sporty and sleek, and it was also the car that  made famous in his book Unsafe at Any Speed,” she states. “He claimed the car was unstable and prone to rollover accidents. A few years later, the went so far as to investigate the Corvair’s handling, but it didn’t reach the same grim conclusions. I was driving my dad’s much larger and heavier Chevy Impala. But none of that would ever ease the night of November 6. Not for me, and never for the Douglases.”

Mrs. Bush reveals that she was wracked by guilt for years after the crash, especially after not attending the funeral and for not reaching out to the parents of the dead teenager. Her parents did not want her to show up at the funeral, she states, and she ended up sleeping through it.

“I lost my faith that November, lost it for many, many years,” she says. “It was the first time that I had prayed to God for something, begged him for something, not the simple childhood wishing on a star but humbly begging for another human life. And it was as if no one heard. My begging, to my seventeen-year-old mind, had made no difference. The only answer was the sound of Mrs. Douglas’s sobs on the other side of that thin emergency room curtain.”

Mrs. Bush goes on to say that in her public life, she has encouraged young drivers who have been in serious accidents to speak to loved ones, counselors or spiritual or pastoral advisers.

“But while I give this advice in my letters, I didn’t do any of that,” she reveals. “Most of how I ultimately coped with the crash was by trying not to talk about it, not to think about it, to put it aside. Because there wasn’t anything I could do. Even if I tried.”





Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:49 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I'm a Badger fan so I support Ball, but I can live with Griffin winning. If Ball had blown up his knee in the first game of the year, James White would have put up big numbers, too; perhaps not as good as Ball, but they would have been impressive. If Griffin had blown up his knee in the first game of the year, Baylor would have been in a lot of trouble. 

Having said that, Ball is having a great, historic season. If he doesn't win the Heisman, he'd better win the Doak Walker Award.  



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:00 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

LET'S LOOK AT WHICH OF THIS PLAYERS WILL ACTUALLY HAVE A GOOD NFL CAREER. RG3 NOT GOING TO HAVE A GREAT NFL CAREER, GOING TO BE A FLOP. LUCK WILL HAVE A GREAT CAREER IN THE NFL, HE FITS ALOT OF SYSTEMS UNLIKE GRIFFIN. THE HONEYBAGER WILL NEVER MAKE IN THE NFL, HE WILL GET SUSPENDED THE FIRST YEAR FOR SMOKING TO MUCH WEED. RICHARDSON WILL HAVE A GREAT CAREER ALSO LIKE LUCK. IM AFRAID HIS BODY CAN'T TAKE THE HITS FOR LONG THOUGH. BALL WILL MAKE A GREAT 2ND STRING RB FOR SOMEONE AND IN ABOUT 4 YEARS GET TO START FOR A BELOW AVERAGE TEAM. IM NOT A EXPERT JUST WANTED TO FIND A WAY TO SAY SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT A LSU PLAYER. I ALSO THINK IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED IN YOUR COLLEGE CAREER YOU SHOULDN'T BE A HEISMAN CANDIDATE. ITS ABOUT THE BEST PLAYER, AND NOT ABOUT SOMEONE WHO FAILS A DRUG TEST. COME ON HEISMAN VOTERS US YOUR HEAD. HE IS A GREAT DAM FOOTBALL PLAYER BUT WHAT ABOUT WHAT ARE YOUTH ARE SEEING FROM THIS. THAT ITS OK TO GET IN TROUBLE, BUT IN THE END STILL GET REWARDED AND INVITED TO NEW YORK! DO YOU THINK THAT WITH YOURE JOB IF YOU FAILED A DRUG TEST, THAT AT THE END OF THE YEAR YOU WOULD GET REWARDED WITH THE 5 BEST EMPOYLEE AT YOUR WORK?



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:04 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I give the edge to Richardson who plays against those vaunted SEC defenses.
LOL..you really should check and see who Alabama actually played and the vaunted defenses Richardson piled up his yards against.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:44 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

worst heisman class in years...good lord



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:09 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

If "Heisman Choice is Easy" as article on front page says, then why did you get it wrong?  Trent Richardson is the best football player in the country and you don't have him in your top 3 -- absurd.


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