Sunday, December 6, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls XV - Final Ballot

No Explanations this week; there is no one left to convince, so let the standings talk for themselves. Also acknowledge the Honorable Mention; all of those guys had great seasons as well.

Top 5 (Final Ballot)

1. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas)

2. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.)

3. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama)

4. Toby Gerhart (RB - Stanford)

5. C.J. Spiller (RB - Clemson

Honorable Mention 

QBs: Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Max Hall (BYU), Case Keenum (Houston), and Tim Tebow (Florida)

RBs: Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), LaMichael James (Oregon), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech)

WRs: Freddie Barnes (BGSU), Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas), Jordan Shipley (Texas), and Golden Tate (Notre Dame)

DT: Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska)

High Tide & Deep Water 

Arrelious Benn (WR - Illinois), Jahvid Best (RB - California), Ralph Bolden (RB - Purdue), Sam Bradford (QB - Oklahoma), Dez Bryant (WR - Oklahoma St.), Daryll Clark (QB - Penn St.), Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL), Eric Decker (WR - Minnesota), Noel Devine (RB - WVU), Jonathan Dwyer (RB - Georgia Tech), Marshawn Gilliard (WR - Cincinnati), A.J. Green (WR- Georgia), Jacory Harris (QB - Miami-FL), Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.), Julio Jones (WR - Alabama), Dan LeFevour (QB - Central Michigan), Jeremiah Masoli (QB - Oregon), Ryan Mathews (RB - Fresno St.), Dexter McCluster (RB/WR - Ole Miss), Joe McKnight (RB - USC), Tony Pike (QB - Cincinnati), Taylor Potts (QB - Texas Tech), Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State), Todd Reesing (QB - Kansas) Zac Robinson (QB - Oklahoma St.), Evan Royster (RB - Penn St.), Charles Scott (RB - LSU), Jevan Snead (QB - Ole Miss), Ricky Stanzi (QB - Iowa), Ben Tate (RB - Auburn), Joe Webb (QB - UAB), and Juice Williams (QB - Illinois) 

Spotlight Players

Ndamukong Suh (DT - Nebraska) - The announcers of the Texas/Nebraska Big 12 Championship game did a great job of emphasizing how dominant Suh was. Suh had 4.5 sacks and over 10 tackles. His dominance allowed his fellow defensive linemen to penetrate more which put more pressure on McCoy and made it extremely difficult to run in between the tackles for Texas; which in turn allowed Nebraska to play with 7 DBs for most of the game which in turn left no open receivers for McCoy allowing Suh and the other D-linemen to capitalize on their pressure with sacks and tackles for loss.

Young Quarterbacks - Matt Barkley of USC, John Brantley of Florida, Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Greg McElroy of Alabama, and Tate Forcier of Michigan. Barkley, Jones, and Forcier are all freshmen who gain a valuable year of experience playing in tier one programs. McElroy is a junior, but he came into the season as fresh or raw as any quarterback and is leaving the season as one of the prominent quarterbacks in the nation. John Brantley has played behind Tebow for two years; this learning experience along with his hyped arm should make him a solid leader for the Gators on and off the field next season.

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Tags: college football, deep water, heisman candidates, heisman hopefuls, high tide, honorable mention, ncaa, spotlight players, week 14

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