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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: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:27 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

      
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Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:26 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Ball over Richardson because I've seen him through beautiful passes to his QB that hit him in stride.

RG3 is a beast and will probably win.

Luck is still the best pro prospect and should actually win this award for what he had around him this season.



Since: Feb 20, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:03 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

What are you talking about that Richardson and Ball have similar stats. There rushing yards would be similar in with the same amount of games but Ball has 38 touchdowns to Richardson's 23. I don't think Trent could get 15 touchdowns in one game, so they are not similar.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:47 am
 

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?



Tyrann was never charged with a misdemeanor, unless Les Miles has been deputized and filed the charges!!! The police were never involved. This was an internal matter in LSU's athletic department and the reason for his suspension was never stated by the university, only speculated by the media. Now that being said, my guess is the media speculation is correct. However, if the Heisman voters want to disqualify someone for testing positive for recreational drug use, it should be mandated that all Heisman candidates be tested. Do any of the other mentioned candidates have a random drug test policy at their school?



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:21 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

by putting tyrann matthieu there you condone unsportsmanship. the hit he did on dre kirkpatrick was uncalled for and nothing happened to him. one on one he could not take trent richardson at all and to take trent off just because the others played 1 more game is unfair.he is clearly deserving of the heisman.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:50 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

It takes a mighty special player to be involved in a typically QB/RB award discussion.  The 3 picked are fine with me, but you have to look at the competition the contestants faced, the adversity faced and how they finish.  That said, Richardson and Luck are out of luck.  RG finished strong to get into the hunt, but who shined brightest against most formiddable foes?  Tyrann "honey badger" did.  He was the biggest game changer, exciting player!  QB's and RB's mostly rely on quantified results, this guy decided to change the game himself stealing from QB's and RB's their own dreams of victory to create one for his team.  Without his heroics in many games this season and we don't see LSU in the BCS Championship game that they will win....because the honey badger is in! 



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:19 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

RG III PLEASE!  How many slights by Alabama's PR Machine can one conference....errr...fan take!?!?!  Alabama doesn't deserve back-to-back Heismans!   Heck if not RG III give it to Luck (at least he is West coast by way of Texas).  Any color but CRIMSON!
 Back to back? Cam didnt play for the Tide last year. And If youa re talking about the state of Alabama , it would be back to back to back.  Everyone on the ballot the year Ingram won was deserving. Everyone on this years ballot other than mathieu is deserving ..... sorry, he's great but you really really have to shine If you want to win it as a defensive player and other than 6 forced fumbles, nothing else on his resume is overly impressive. Take that and his suspension for a game for synthetic marijuana and I don't think the voters give him a realistic shot. Should he be there? Sure, I wont dispute that ...but he would have had to do a WHOLE lot more to actually win it.

 But to help you guys out  cause Im surprised no one has. Ball and TR have like competition ...Penn St. Ball ran for 156 and 4 tds to TR's 111 and 2 tds. Neither runner has really had a let up in Big games except Balls 85 against Ohio St and TR's 80 against LSU adding another 80 recieving though ...both were in losing efforts. With that in mind , I really think RG3 may pull it off based onw hat he has done with Baylor, without him, they would be a bottom feeder.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:18 am
 

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").


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Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:38 am
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Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:35 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Your logic is flawed. The fact that LSU has zero losses should have no bearing on who wins the Heisman. The award was created to detemine who the most valuable player in college football is and nobody had done more for a team than RGIII. Without him, Baylor would  be absolutely nothing. 



I completely disagree with this logic though it is shared by many on this board and in the media. The Heisman award is intended for the best player in college football, not the most important player to a specific team . The argument that a team would have much fewer wins without player A makes player A the MVP of that team- not the winner of the Heisman trophy. If you use the argument of how many wins a team would have with vs without a player, you are simply picking a good player with the worst backup and supporting cast. Using this logic, a player from a team with lots of depth at their position should never have a chance to win this award.


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