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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. 

Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:36 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

"So we are up to a point that a person found guilty of a misdemeanor crime is somehow still eligible for the Heisman? And not only is he eligible we can even joke about it?  I could care less about weed - i think it should be legal - but its a crime nonetheless.  I guess last year's winner simply abolished all basis of ethics for the award?

Wow.  The SEC truly does control college football.  Congratulations Mike Slime you've built quite the evil empire!


PS - This reminds me of how the hardcore right wingers scream about family values and the war on drugs until they find someone they want to support and who coincidentally breaks all of these rules - Reagan = divorce, children out of wedlock, daughter in Playboy, son is a drug addict, etc; Bush II - drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, wife killed a guy, etc.; Limbaugh & Beck - drunks and drug addicts, etc. --- and yet they wanted to nail Clinton for "inhaling")."


I always wondered who the kooks were that actually believed everything they read on the internet.  I found one. 
There are so many factual errors on this post that I don't think I can correct them all, but I will correct a few.  First off, Mathieu was not found guilty of anything.  He failed a drug test for fake marijuana.  End of story.  Most schools do not even test for this, but LSU does.  Laura Bush never killed anyone.  That is an internet myth that only dumb liberals believe.  Found one of those also.  No one wanted to nail Clinton for inhaling.  Some wanted to nail Clinton for lying under oath.  See the difference?  Probably not.  I don't even know where you are going with Bush and homosexuality, so I will leave that alone.   




Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:14 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Sorry to burst your bubbles, but its a two man race between Griffin and Richardson.  You can throw out every stat, reason, and opinion there is, but I guarantee that one of these two takes home the trophy.  Is it fair?  That's arguable, but its the way it will happen.  Wait and see.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:46 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

If the Heisman is awarded to "the most outstanding player in college football", then I would have to give the Heisman to the Honey Badger.  That kid is the best player on the best team for starters.  Secondly, on a team that dominated everyone, he stood out as a man amongst boys.  That's hard to do when you don't have the ball in your hands every play.  There is no doubt that he is the best player in college football.

i say this as a humble man who genuinely thought that LSU was overrated in the preseason, and a team that was going to get "run out of the gym" in the opener against Oregon. 



Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:07 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

In general the Heisman is a joke.  It's all a bunch of political pandering by schools to get "their guy" to the party.  And look at the total busts that were chosen in recent years:

Chris Weinke -- really?...beat out Brees and LT...wtf?
Eric Crouch -- what?...granted, a weak class that year.  Crouch is now a vendor of playground and recreation equipment.
Jason White -- undrafted = weak....beat out LFitzgerald and Eli Manning....how the eff?
Troy Smith -- somehow beat out McFadden and Ray Rice -- now playing in the UFL.

All from high-profile programs with tons of cash to promote "their guy".  Of note, of the 76 times they have handed out the award, only 5 times has the winner ascended to the NFL HOF.

In my mind the award should be given to the player who has the best chance to flourish in the NFL, not the player who had the best year with a powerhouse program who rolled over all of their opponents (which is a team accomplishment, not individual).  Rarely does this award go to the right player.....

 



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:09 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

 and yet they wanted to nail Clinton for "inhaling").


It was for a felony - committing perjury in front of a grand jury - not inhaling.



Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:57 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

The Heisman is a joke.  Look at Matt Barkley's stats, seriously look!  He faced the exact same teams as Andre Luck and outperformed and threw better deep passes all season long!  College Football is ridiculous, time to get rid of the Heisman, or rename it "the best QB, and sometimes RB award, and once every 20 years another position AWARD"  Just give an award to the best player at each position and call it a day.  And can we start with baby steps for a playoff system in College?  How about the top 4 play a 2 round playoff?  The team that's ranked 5 in the BCS won't have that much to complain about compared to the top 4...



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:44 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

It wasn't that he inhaled it was that he lied about it along with everything else he lied about. Things like, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" or many other things. No one knows what if anything Mathieu was suspended for, it is all speculation.  



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:37 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

DD, you really voted a guy that his own coach suspended him for? I know that a "Badger" deserves the Heisman.  I hate wisconsin, by the way but Mr. Ball had a Heisman year.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:28 pm
 

My 2011 "Heisman ballot:"

Here's my ballot:

1.  Honey Badger
2.  Honey Badger
3.  Honey Badger

It's really sad that a defensive player can't win.  Even Charles Woodson had to get some gimmick plays put in the playbook for him on offense to get voters to take him seriously.  As a Big Ten fan, it pains me to say this, but Tyrann Mathieu is by far the best player in college football this year.  He is a game-changer, both on defense and on special teams.  The Honey Badger is a big reason why his team is still undefeated and playing for the BCS Championship.  
 
The QB's and RB's on the list are great players, but they are just doing their jobs.  Mathieu's play has transcended his "job description." 



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:27 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

AOL has political chat rooms for your wandering rants. This is CBS Sports.com.  It's for sports.



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