My Heisman Ballot

I’m headed off to the Missouri basketball game in a few minutes so I won’t be around for the actual presentation but I can still give my ballot.  Truth be told, I don’t care who wins this award, it’s rarely given to the right player.  I’ll cut right to the chase here because I’m walking out the door…here’s my ballot if I’m voting:

1. Ndamukong Suh – Nebraska – If the award is for the best player, this is a no-brainer.

2. Toby Gerhart – Stanford – Eye popping stats for this running back make him number two.

3. Mark Ingram – Alabama – I just never jumped on the “best player on the best team” bandwagon.  Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.  Still, Ingram is in the Top 3.

4. Colt McCoy – Texas – If I was picking based on who I wanted to win, McCoy would be the choice.

5. CJ Spiller – Clemson – It’s a shame that Tim Tebow is at this presentation while Spiller is not.

College Football Awards

I realize that the season is one week old so this is a little late, but it’s always fun to do these.  I’m going to run through all the college football awards and tell you who is going to win each one.  Simple enough.

Let’s get started with the Ted Hendricks Award for the best defensive end:

Greg Hardy – Sr. – Ole Miss

Hardy is the easy choice here.  He’s the defensive leader of a top ranked team.  The last two years he’s put up sack totals of 10 and 8, respectively.  He is perhaps best remembered for stuffing Tim Tebow on 4th down during the Rebels’ 31-30 upset of the Gators.  As you know, that led to the most over-played, whiny, stupid press conference since Alan Iverson was “talkin’ ’bout practice, man.”  Others considered:  George Selvie, USF; Sergio Kindle, Texas.

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Woodson vs. Berry

I decided to take a quick break from my finals preparation and look up some statistics.  What I found was kind of interesting.  You be the judge:

Charles Woodson 1997 vs. Eric Berry 2008
8 Interceptions 7
7 INT Return Yards 265
0 INT TDs 2
27 Solo tackles 72
5 Tackles for Loss 8.5
1 Sacks 3
9 Passes Defenced 6
0 Forced Fumbles 0
0 Fumble Recoveries 1

I realize that Berry is a Safety and Woodson is a Cornerback, but they’re in the same category for the Thorpe Award so I feel they’re comparable enough.

Also, Woodson did return punts and averaged about 8 yards per return and had a TD.  He also had 12 receptions and 3 TDs on offense.  Both had a negligible number of rushing yards.

I hate the Heisman.

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The Obligatory Heisman Post

They’re going to announce the 2008 Heisman winner in a couple minutes.  For the record, I hate the Heisman and any other college football award.  I think they’re a sham and they rarely get it right.  (See 1997 Heisman and 2008 Thorpe Award)  I still can’t help but watch these things anyway.

My ballot would look like this:

  1. Sam Bradford
  2. Colt McCoy
  3. Tim Tebow

I think Bradford will win, just for the media blitz that they can make for the National Championship game; but it’s possible that McCoy and Bradford will split their votes allowing Tebow to win it.  Now, you can call me biased, I freely admit that and Tim Tebow is a great player, but he doesn’t deserve this year’s award.  The only stat that really jumps out at me for him is the two interceptions.  That’s pretty incredible, but still doesn’t warrant a(nother) Heisman.

Since Bradford was the best player on the best offense that college football has ever seen, this year’s award is a no-brainer for me.  He threw for 48 TDs, which is a pretty crazy number.  (I didn’t realize this went until 8:00 CST, I thought they were announcing it at 7:30.  I’m kind of disappointed that I have to watch this for 30 more minutes.)

Since I have the time, I guess I’ll give my take on the Graham Harrell snub.  I don’t care if the guy is going to finish a distant 4th; he absolutely deserved an invitation to this presentation.  I don’t understand who it would have hurt to buy a plane ticket for a kid and his parents and give them one of the best experiences of their lifetime.  Plus, he had similar stats to Sam Bradford, he’s just seen as a system Quarterback and that hurts him.  It’s a shame that the Downtown Athletic Club has messed something up again.

I’m going to refrain from giving a whole bunch of statistics (that’s Weller’s job) so I’ll go ahead and publish this and update it as soon as they announce the winner.  I just hope they get it right this year.

I’ll bet it finishes Bradford, Tebow, McCoy.

Update: The Heisman guy is talking…no one is really listening.  Now he gets to it…Sam Bradford wins.  All you can hear is the guy in the back yelling “Boomer!”  That’s kind of funny.   Good to see Bradford win; he deserved it.  Be ready for the Bradford vs. Tebow media crush.  No one is going to hear anything about any of the other players on either team on the lead-up to the National Championship Game.  Oh well.  Go Sooners.

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