College Football: Who gets this year’s Heisman?

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

Unlike most years, this year’s Heisman Trophy is up for grabs.  Five finalists are going to New York for the presentation, and they all have a chance to get college football’s biggest prize.

Here are my picks and predictions.

My Picks

1.) Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
1,736 rushing yards (most in nation), 5.6 rushing yards per attempt, 26 rushing touchdowns (most in nation)
He may not get that much attention playing for an 8-4 team in the west coast, but he has had an outstanding season.  The 6’1″, 235-pound senior runs with great power and speed. 
In November – against Oregon, USC, California and Notre Dame:
742 rushing yards, 6.4 rushing yards per attempt, 13 rushing touchdowns (at least 3 in each game)

2.) Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
1,542 rushing yards (5th most in nation), 6.2 rushing yards per attempt, 15 rushing touchdowns
He is one of the most exciting players to watch with lightning speed.  The sophomore had a great SEC Championship game.  He is the number one player on the number one team, but he is not the number one running back in the country. 

3.) Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
12 sacks (tied for 3rd most in nation), 82 tackles (most in nation for a DT)
He is undoubtedly the best defensive tackle and probably the best defensive player in the nation.  The 6’4″, 300-pound senior was a big reason why Nebraska almost pulled off the upset against Texas in the Big 12 Championship with his 4.5 sacks.  With that said, he has not done enough to convince me that he should get the Heisman.

4.) Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
3,512 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions
He is a big-time quarterback, who has a strong arm, good accuracy, and can run when needed. Unfortunately, his numbers are not as good as they were last year when he came up to taking the Heisman as a finalist.  If he had a better Big 12 Championship game, I would have picked him to win the Heisman, and I think the committee would have done so, too. 

5.) Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
2,413 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 859 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns
He is the most versatile player in college football.  However, not only was this a down year for the senior’s standards, but he also played mediocre in the SEC Championship loss to Alabama.  He probably loses his second straight Heisman, but at least he won the award in 2007.

My Predictions

1.) Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
2.) Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
3.) Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
4.) Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
5.) Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

The Heisman Trophy presentation begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN. The winner is not expected to be named until after 8:50 p.m. 

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports


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