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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: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:14 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Disagree....no comment needed. Great yes, but not the best.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:13 am
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Disagree....no comment needed. Great yes, but not the best.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:57 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Why does everyone try to be clever... Luck is by far the best player... People have known it since week one and now that the year is over they want to pick someone else to look clever.... Don't be fooled, this is like Gino Tereta vs Marshal Faulk.... we all know who is better don't Gino the award again!



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:36 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

LSU fan,but in my opinion, Dodd is correct with his choice. Griffin has been consistent all year with a bad defense and even in the loses has put up huge numbers. He seems looks like a great athlete and a great leader that has numbers to back it up on a team that before last year most of us never heard about. I believe it is tough to argue against what he has done even if it is Baylor.



Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:32 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

As a longhorn fan, I must say that without a doubt the vote should go to RG3!

He is a dynamic player, an explosive player, and disciplined player and as such
should be chosen as the heisman recipient, without a doubt.

Why shouldn't he be chosen? You tell me. Let me count the reasons why he should
be. Tops in passing efficiency in the nation, carrying a team that has been a bottom
dweller in the Big 12, defeated Oklahoma,Texas, and TCU this year and most importantly
has recovered from severe injuries to achieve the pinnacle of stardom.

In today's twitter world in which instant communication can derail an athlete, a coach, and
an institution, he remains an outstanding young man who respects his institution, his coach,
his fellow players. This year's crop of Heisman candidates, is whithout a doubt very strong, and
 I believe that RG3 is the strongest.    &
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Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:04 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I think Ndamukong Suh was very deserving in 09, but finished 4th behind a QB and 2 RB's.

Larry Fitzgerald deserved it in 03 but lost to a (weak) QB.

I don't think we'll see anything but a QB or RB for quite some time - if ever again...




Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:18 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

RG III wins, no question.  We have season tickets to Baylor games. The first time I saw him play a full game was against UConn in 2008 in Hartford, the only thing I could say is, "where did this guy come from?"  Baylor lost that game by a field goal, 31-28.  When we were leaving the stadium, the Huskie fans were saying to us, "Hey, we really like your quarterback, but we are glad we won even if it was by the skin of our teeth!"

Ever since that game, it's been a sheer joy to watch Robert develop as a QB and to elevate the team to another level.  He loves competition and the race for Heisman is no different to him than a difficult football opponent.  If another nominee wins, so be it, but RG III will succeed no matter what happens this Saturday night.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:12 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

I personally think Luck should win it.  Without him Stanford is not even bowl eligible.  Unfortunately, a lot of people are basing the judgment on the Oregan game.  He made one bad through into double coverage, but had at least 3 drops.  Stanford did not play well that game, but it wasn't on Luck.  If you put him on ALA team, they beat LSU and are national champs.  I don't think Richardson or Ball would do the same for Stanford.  Luck catches a break that he's the only west coast guy and that there are only two QBs.  He still has a shot.  I think he deserves it.



Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:44 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Somewhat agree in that Robert Griffin III is outstanding.  The problem is that unless one of these guys is on LSU or Alabama, they won't get the Heisman.  I am pretty sure that a CB won't get it either.  But to make folks like me "happy" the award will go to Luck.  All of this is not sarcasm either.  We have a National Championship with the number one team playing someone they have already beat.  If this had come about with a playoff system, then fine.  So what does that have to do with who wins the Heisman, alot due to some type of politics equating to money.  If Robert Griffin III gets it, then maybe there is justice.  For the NFL, the state of Oklahoma and Oregon, the Heisman will stay west because there is no way there should be anymore accolades going to the LSU/Alabama BCS side of the house. 



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:50 pm
 

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Nice to see positive and sensible comments on here for a change. HEAR! HEAR!


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