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My 2011 Heisman ballot

Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:48 pm

In the interest of fair play and ethics, I did actually wait until all the games were played to file my ballot on Sunday. Here, in my opinion, are the three most outstanding players of 2011 ...

1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: The Stiff Arm needs some polishing. RGIII has the shammy.

In the last year, Reggie Bush has had to return the award. There was all the controversy swirling around Cam Newton. I’ll never get out of my head, the image of Newton being escorted by eight – 8! – security guards to his Heisman press conference.

Don’t think Griffin will need that. He is smart, charismatic and absolutely the best player in America. A one-man team? Pretty darn close. Baylor isn’t 9-3 without him.

His Heisman moment came on Nov. 19 with that last-second pass against Oklahoma. His final statement was unforgettable, four total touchdowns Saturday against Texas. He is assured of going down in history regardless. Griffin leads the country in pass efficiency and if his current numbers hold up, he would set an NCAA single-season record.

2. Montee Ball, TB, Wisconsin: Wisconsin pumps out 1,000-yard rushers like Milwaukee pumps out beer. This one is special.

At the beginning of the season, there was more buzz about 2010 consensus Big Ten freshman of the year, James White. At the end of it, Ball become Big Ten offensive player of the year. There’s never anything wrong with Big Ten’s leading rusher playing for the Big Ten champions becoming a Heisman finalist.

In a program that specializes in sharing the ball, Ball currently leads the country in rushing yards (1,759) and total touchdowns (38). On that subject: Ball needs two more touchdowns to break Barry Sanders’ 23-year-old record for most tds in a season. They would come in the Rose Bowl against Oregon. The junior is taking nothing for granted.

“It could be the last team I play, it could be the last camera I talk to,” Ball said. “You’ve just got to embrace it.”


3. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: What’s a little synthetic chronic between friends? OK, that’s not fair. Honey Badger was technically suspended for the Auburn game for a violation of team rules.

After watching this kid all year, frankly, I don’t care. Bush once won a Heisman. I’ll take my chances with Mathieu and his blonde Fauxhawk. Besides, the Honey Badger takes what he wants

Mathieu combines the daring of Deion with multi-purpose ability of Charles Woodson, all in a 5-foot-9, 180-pound package. He has created the “Badger play”. In 25 career games, he has averaged at least one of these per game: interception, punt return for touchdown, fumble recovery, forced fumble.

How ridiculous is LSU’s defense? Fellow cornerback Morris Claiborne is an All-American. Mathieu is a Heisman candidate. 


Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:59 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Robert Griffin III gets the Heisman and something in College Football went correct.  I was sure Luck would get it but not based on who is better.  The BCS has been stinking up the place for a few years now and it looks like the Heisman voting is going the other direction.  Good for us as fans and good for RGIII, congrats!

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:16 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

When is the last time Baylor beat both Texas and Oklahoma in the same year?  Yes, I think RGIII deserves the Heisman.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:13 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Folks, simply throwing around labels to attack a player is not very persuasive. What you've got to do is come up with a definition of "Best Player in College Football." Then you've got to come up with some way to measure a player's impact on the game of college football. Stats do help, but there can be intangibles that go beyond the stats. Then you make a case for why you think a player is deserving of the title "best," supporting it with facts and well-reasoned arguments. When I tried to do that (see my other posts), the evidence was enough to convince me that RG3 deserves the accolades. But that doesn't stop me from appreciating Ball, Mathieu, Luck, Moore, Barkley, Richardson, James, Keenum, and the rest. No need whatsoever to put any of them down. I'd have love to have had *any* of them on my team this year. Any of them would probably have translated to an extra win or two or three. But If I could have added *one* player to my team this year, it would have been Griffin.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:27 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

What a joke...totally overrated... If he were the QB at Boise State, they wouldn't even be ranked...Kellen Moore is the hands down run away winner of both this award and the Heisman.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:12 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

The Heisman winner in the Alamo Bowl? Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry

interesting, but who'll be watching?

Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:34 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Agreed. RGIII had one of the most amazing seasons a QB could have. Even though Honey Badger is one of the best, if not the best, he is a sophmore and even though he is very deserving. I think that he will get another shot at the Heisman if he keeps up what he is doing.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:23 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

If that's true it's a real shame because neither one is the best at his position and probably not even second best.  At RB - Montee Ball and LaMichael James, unfortunately Marcus Lattimore was hurt or TR would be #4 or lower.  RGIII is very good but not even close to Andrew Luck and not obviously better than Moore, Pachalt, Weeden, Barkley.  As the Heisman is awarded now it might as well be given to the MVP (MOP?) of the BCS championship game - there's much more "best school" than "best player". 

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:08 am

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Without RGIII Baylor would be 3-9 instead of 9-3.  Of the five nominees for the Heisman, I don't think any have a naturally less talented support cast than the Baylor quarterback yet he was able to lead his team to a 9 win season and brought out the best in his fellow team mates. Had he been with an Alabama or any other big time program, nobody would be questioning whether he deserves this award or not.  The Heisman is supposed to be for the most outstanding player in collegiate football not for the most talented player on the best team. I have no doubt that Luck is very good and may make a better NFL quarterback but this is also not about who will make it in the NFL.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:56 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

@Dodd, yeah Griffin SHOULD win the Heisman and I SHOULD win the lottery this week, but both will not happen. Sorry! :(

Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:41 pm

My 2011 Heisman ballot

Is that you, Jesus?

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