For the first time in years there is no clear cut candidate who will win the Heisman Trophy. For that reason alone the race is interesting. And for the first time in years I may be seeing glimmers of hope restored in my attitude.
Like other sports fans, I have my opinions each year. Sometimes my opinion matches that of the “experts”. But even then it is not enough to override the disappoitments of years when the results seem to be a sham; when it appears the fix is in; when networks like ESPN have more to do with choosing the winner than players’ performances on the field do.
But I am hopeful this year will be different.
Below are my top 5 picks, with number 1 being who I would have voted for had I been given a vote. I know that some of my choices can’t win – not all were even invited to the party in New York. But that doesn’t matter. These are my slections:
1. Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska – Senior
A dominant player in the trenches; the best player in the country this year. PERIOD. And in this year when there is no clear cut QB or RB, a defensive lineman can win. (I know a defensive player was once given the trophy, but this time Suh should legitimately “win” it.)
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2. Toby Gerhart – RB – Stanford – Senior
It was tough not voting for Gerhart. He is equally deserving for both his stats and his style.
3. Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama – Sophomore
It is hard to believe no Tide player has ever won the Heisman. Ingram may go home with it. If he does, there is no injustice, he is a great back. But I wouldn’t give it to him this year.
4. Tony Pike – QB – Cincinnati – Senior
While it is over used hyperbole, Pike is the driving force behind the Bearcats’ undefeated season. His backup played well in periods Pike was injured, but without Pike Cincinnati would be good but not great.
5. Colt McCoy – QB – Texas – Senior
The Maxwell Award winner should have won the Heisman last year. His numbers were down a little, but McCoy’s performances still shined. He has Texas playing again for the National Championship.