Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2009 Heisman Award Hopes

The leaves have all fallen, and cold weather is upon us. It's that time of year in college football land where bowl match-ups starts to take shape, and the Heisman is at the center of CFB discussion. The Heisman loves to award the stiff arm statue to the QB-RB of the best team in the nation. It's rather a joke with how lazy voters have become. Things will not prove any different this year, and we are bound to see another QB standing with the trophy in his hands, smiling like an idiot. One can hope that the voters would look past the names and hype, and dig a bit deeper for the "most outstanding player of the year". Looking at past history, I shouldn't get my hopes too high.

Who is most likely going to NYC for the award ceremony: Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Mark Ingram and fill in the blank 4th invite who has no chance. There is the lifetime achievement theme with Tebow and McCoy. Neither have been off the charts with numbers as in past seasons. Both are on undefeated teams. Both stayed for their senior year and will graduate legends at their schools. Both are white. Ingram is rolling up major yardage for another undefeated team. He's carried them offensively when their QB and passing game have been nonexistent. He's come up big in 2nd halves, and if he has a monster SEC championship game, might swing enough voters his way. Ingram has the best claim to most outstanding player this year, but I don't like him more than a couple other guys.

3. Ndamukong Suh - He is a monster defensive tackle, who will prob go no. 1 overall in next year's draft. He is a beast, blows up offensive line blocking schemes, and is Nebraska's best shot at upsetting Texas in the Big 12 championship. He has been truly outstanding on the defensive side of the ball. It would be fun to see a defensive player in NYC. It will not happen.


2. Golden Tate - I dislike Tate. I dislike Notre Dame. I cannot deny his ability to make something out of nothing. He did have some big drops in the Michigan game, but he has done everything asked of him and more. He is great after the catch, he's great going up for the ball, and he's probably gone after this year. It's tough for WRs to win the Heisman, and sadly, since he plays for ND, there is no signature play in a big game win for him. He plays a position that is dependent on his QB, Claussen, who has played excellent, and I credit him with stepping up when Michael Floyd went out and the double coverage returned. He did have some giant games vs. good defenses. In the spirit of the award, he has played more outstanding than the above named QBs.

1. C.J. Spiller - He can run, receive, return and sometimes throw for scores from anywhere on the field. He is lightning with each touch in open space. Spiller doesn't have top notch talent around him. They are good, but not Florida-SC good. The other problem is his piss poor offensive coordinator. Watching a Clemson drive is horrible if the ball is not in Spiller's hands. He will not win the Heisman, but if I had a vote, my vote's with Spiller.

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