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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: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:12 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

RG III PLEASE!  How many slights by Alabama's PR Machine can one 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!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:04 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Montee Ball, By a landslide. 38 TD's, Come on Man!!!

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:02 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

YES!!! you are 100 % right about that!!! bUT LETS BE REALISTIC!!HE HAS ZERO CHANCE OF WINNING THE HEISMAN! iF PRIMETIME DIDNT DO IT ,,,HE HAS NO SHOT!!! As usual , a qb or rb will take the award!

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:51 am
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Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:50 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Stutz said, "Did Griffin make that type of play this year"?

No he didn't.  He doesn't throw INT's.  Not sure of his final #'s but at one point he had more TD's passes then incomplete passes.  An amazing year for an amazing athlete who two or three years ago blew out his knee.  My vote is also for RG3 as he truly is the best player in college football this year.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:14 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I really think it is time to get rid of the hiesman trophy.
Pass out awards for individual postions and call them the Heisman awards.
For example, the quarterback heisman, the running back heisman, the o.l. heisman, the d.l. heisman, the d.b. heisman,the w.r. heisman.No one player is the best player in college football, they are simply the most high profile gifted athelete.99% of the time, you have to be a quarterback or running back to get the award anyway.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:40 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Anyone doubting Mathieu's talent and effect on games simply don't see straight.  He changed the momentum in the last two games LSU played.  By himself.  

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:30 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Dodd one of the best columns of the year.  It is unbiased and you give rightful respect to the best players without question.  RGIII is a special player and has played the best in the big games. 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:29 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Luck sucked in that Oregon game!  He missed wide open receivers, he through off of his back foot and showed no composure in the pocket.  He had a bad game.  I haven't seen much to be ballyhooed about at all.  Griffin in the same situations put on shows against Oklahoma and Texas.  He singlehandely beat those teams with unblieveable perfomrances without hype.  If you take hype away from Luck you have mediocrisy. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:02 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Once again, your own logic betrays you Dodd.  You assert that the Heisman is for the best all-around player.  Yet you have left Andrew Luck off your ballot.  Speaking as an SEC fan who appreciates football as it is played on the field, not in the hype of a columnist, there is no way that you can classify Griffin as more of an all around player than Luck.  The fact is that in the moment he made the play, Luck went from being an average good quarterback to showing that he was quick-thinking, non-selfpitying, and a real player.  What?  You didn't see the Stanford/Oregon game where Luck made a fearless, open field tackle against a defender running with an interception?  If you did, why haven't you ever mentioned that incident once in all your columns praising Luck?  Did Griffin make that type of play this year?  Or do you really even know?  This ballot of your and this column was more about you trying to do a feel-good story after a year of vitriol regarding the game off the field.  It is you, a representative of the media, someone with a degree in journalism, playing media games. 

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