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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: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:00 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

lsudynasty, if you took Mathieu off LSU's team they would still be 13-0, if baylor did not have Griffin, they would have been lucky to win 2 games, it has something to do with the other talent on the field, LSU's talent pool dwarfs that at Baylor, Griffin has done more with less help than any other of these Heisman finalists, Trent Richardson is the one who should not be there, Bama would still be 11-1 if he never played a down this year...



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:52 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Dodd, You finally got one right! Another thing we won't have is news coming out that RGIII's father tried to sell him to some university for $180,000!  Of course we all believe that Scam Newton knew nothing of what his father was up to and would have just signed with Miss ST on his father's advice had the Bulldog's boosters ponied up the money. Yeah Right...



Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:27 am
 

Nice Try Other Guys

It seems that RG III is a good player, however, why is it that as quarterbacks, him and Luck are looking up at Montee Ball for touchdown totals?  The Pac 12 and Big 12 are WEAK as ever, the only thing that ever made the Big 12 strong was Nebraska and Texas, the Pac 12 has 2 decent teams at the very most...sorry, weak competition.  Also, last time I checked, Ball had 15 more touchdowns than Richardson...the honey badger is a good player, but there are a lot of players who make at least one big play a game on defense and don't return kicks otherwise we'd have a lot of weak little guys that just run for their lives, it looks good, but I think he might break in half if he ever took a direct hit.  He definitely benefits from being the only guy to make exceptional plays on a very balanced, talented team.



Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:16 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I understand what you think youre saying but as a quarterback you touch the ball every play so the fact that LSU has not lost a single game led by mathieu and that baylor has means that rg3 didnt make the most of his opportunities and mathieu certainly left it all on the field. Hard to make a case for a qb with losses when you affect the game so much at that position. Put the stats in your pocket. I bet he would have meant more to his team with less "stats" and more Ws!



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:01 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

lsudynasty
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. 



Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:48 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

If Mathieu cant win a heisman this season then the precident is set that defensive players can't win it. No players in recent years have had this effect on a defense and that doesnt include his special teams contributions both in coverage and in returns. The difference between mathieu and the rest...They all lead their teams to good seasons but Mathieu led his team to 0 losses and multiple convincing wins. Which of the others can say they led their teams to beat 6 other top 25 teams by 30? Who else can say they led their unit into a game against one of the other Heisman candidates and contained him? No one.



Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:39 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I love RG3 but my man mathieu was this season's best player. 90% of America will say the best 2 teams should play in the national championship regardless of conference championship or not and those same people will say the Heisman should not go to the best player on the nation's best team.  LSU is clearly the best team. Mathieu, clearly their leader, playmaker, and best player. Enough said and as for that silly little comment about Andrew Luck playing for Bama and they would have won... thats ridiculous. Why can't you all understand that this LSU team is among the best in college football's history. They beat 3 top 3 opponents with two of them getting blown out. Bama lost at home in an overtime game where they couldnt even score 3 points. You start at the 25 yard line. They couldnt score 3 in overtime at home. Yet somehow mel kiper and the "experts" believe Bama is still the best team in the country. What did LSU do the last 2 weeks while Bama was at home.. oh yeah embarrassed #3 Arkansas (who scored more points against LSU than Bama) and destroyed #12 Georgia(also outscored Bama). Please dont forget that Bama's 2nd field goal came off an interception thrown by Jarrett Lee. If he doesnt make such an awful read they only score 3 points in 4 quarters at home. Yet theyre gonna go to Louisiana and somehow compete... Yeah right. Prediction LSU 34 Bama 6



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:29 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I love the props for RG3 and the Honey Badger, but not so sure about Montee Ball in the second slot. Griffin is the top college QB this year by leaps and bounds; Andrew Luck is not even the best QB in his conference. Since Ball's numbers are remarkably similar to Trent Richardson's, I give the edge to Richardson who plays against those vaunted SEC defenses. (But I must admit I avoid Big Ten football in most instances.) And speaking of those SEC defenses, which all right-minded people agree are the best in college football, why haven't we seen the top defensive player from a top team in the top conference take home a Heisman yet? Why not the Honey Badger?  




Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:05 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Luck is incredible - a great kid and played well this year - but the Heisman is not the award for who will go # 1 in the draft.  Robert Griffin III is the only Heisman candidate (except Mathieu who beat Alabama) who beat a top 5 team (OU) plus he's won more games against Top 25 BCS teams than any candidate.  He has by far great #'s than Luck this season both throwing and running.  In his 3 nationally televised games against TCU, OU & Texas he had his biggest games of the year all who were ranked much higher than Baylor at the time except TX and WON.  He won 9 games w/ the 109th ranked Defense - if Bayor was just average on defense they would be playing for a national Championship.  How is this for a stat - Of RGIII's 36 passing TD's - over 25 of them were over 35yds and he had more TD's than incompletions when throwing the ball over 35 yds.  He shattered the NCAA QB Passer rating record this year as well.  All after coming back from ACL surgery just 2 years ago.  It's an incredible story and something every fan (except if you are from an elite school) should be welcoming this year.  He's very humble, but confident - and a great role model for kids having already gotten his Bachelors - he'll have his Masters in the Springs and desires to go to Law School if not for the NFL.  



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:46 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Neither Luck or Richardson in the top three?  Absolutely laughable!!!


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