Tag:Heisman Trophy
Posted on: October 25, 2009 2:47 pm

Tebow Lost the Heisman Last Night

For those waking up Sunday morning and reviewing the night's headlines, Florida's 29-19 victory over Mississippi State looks rather ho-hum -- especially considering the last second miracles that kept Alabama and Iowa undefeated.

The story for the Gators this week, however, wasn't the final score, but how the Bulldogs kept the game close -- by pressuring Tim Tebow into the worst day of his career.

Tebow completed only 12 of 22 passes for 127 yards and zero touchdowns. He threw two interceptions -- each poor decisions -- that were returned for touchdowns.

Assuming a fair percentage of Heisman voters were watching (and I have minimal confidence they were), Tebow should have lost the Heisman Trophy tonight.

He wasn't helped by a substantial inactive list for the Gators or by uncharacteristically questionable play-calls by Urban Meyer and the Gators' coaching staff. However, in a season in which Tebow hasn't yet been able to answer scouts' questions about his ability to acclimate to a more pro-style offense, Tebow wasn't successful in the offense taylored to his unique skill-set.

In the race for the Heisman, my vote remains with the best player I've seen all year long: Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh.  
Posted on: October 9, 2009 12:50 am

Heisman voters take note -- Suh deserves a look

College football fans know that in the great history of the Heisman Trophy there has only been one defensive player to have won the award -- Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson in 1997.

Perhaps in this, the 75th year of the award, the time has come to recognize another defender.

With the past two winners Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow going down to early injuries and a first month and half of the season not providing any one dominant player to headline the hype for the award, voters should be thinking outside of the box and considering Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for the 2009 Heisman Trophy.

The Heisman is supposed to honor the best player in country. If that player is not Suh, I have not yet seen him.
Posted on: September 26, 2009 5:38 pm

Pac-10, ACC showdowns blowouts instead at half

The Virginia Tech-Miami and Oregon-Cal showdowns had been thought to be two of the best matchups of the weekend, but at this point the Hokies and Ducks have been dominant over their higher ranked opponents.

Oregon leads #6 Cal 25-3 at the half. The score is just as one-sided on the other side of the country with #11 ranked Virginia Tech leading #9 Miami 21-0.

In both cases, the home defenses have imposed their will over the visitors. The two Heisman contenders from these contests -- Cal RB Jahvid Best and Miami QB Jacory Harris -- have each been held in check. Best rushed for 55 yards over the first half, but did so on 15 attempts. Harris has been under constant pressure from the aggressive Hokie defense and is battling the elements, as well, as the driving rain pelting much of the east coast and south hasn't made an exception for Blacksburg. Harris finished the half only completing 2 of 10 passes for 48 yards. The zip and accuracy he had shown in previous contests hasn't been there thus far for Harris. He's been short and wide on numerous throws, as the combination of weather and the VT pass rush is clearly bothering him.

Barring impressive comebacks, the top 10 is going to see another significant upheaval this weekend. 

Posted on: September 5, 2009 8:44 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2009 9:09 pm

Sam Bradford Out -- Sprained AC Joint in RT Shldr

Reigning Heisman winner Sam Bradford was knocked out of the opener against BYU and will not return.

The hit, a legal one, came from BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson with seconds to go in the first half. It was eerily similar to the one absorbed by Tom Brady from Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth left Bradford on the ground in pain. Bradford stepped into the throw, was grabbed, lifted and driven into the ground. Bradford was then helped to the sideline, where he was immediately placed on the training table, checked out, and moments later walked, obviously favoring his right (throwing) arm, into the locker room as his teammates celebrated Oklahoma kicking the go-ahead field goal. The #3 Sooners lead the #20 Cougars 10-7 at the half.

According to reports, Bradford suffered a sprain to the AC joint in his right shoulder, which, of course, is his throwing arm. X-rays were negative. Typically, a sprain of this nature requires a few weeks of recovery time. These injuries are graded on a 1-6 scale. Sprains graded as a level one or two are usually treated with ice, rest and pain medication and typically requires 2-6 weeks before the normal, pain-free range of motion returns. More severe injuries often require surgery and 6-12 months of recovery time. Again, however, the initial report is that Bradford's x-rays were negative.

Bradford has returned to the field. His right shoulder is heavily taped and being iced.
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