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Tuesday Question - Your Heisman Top 3 Is ...
Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell
Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell
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Posted Nov 25, 2008


Tuesday Question ... Who are the top three Heisman candidates at the moment?

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Pete Fiutak     

Q: Your Heisman top three is ...

A: I can be sold on any of my top three choices. To me, the Heisman should go to the signature player of a season, a combination of MVP and MOP. At the immediate moment, and with a paper-thin margin between them ...

1. Colt McCoy, Texas - He doesn't have the weapons around him that Tebow and Bradford have. In the lousy SEC this year, Florida would still be in the spot it's in now without Tebow. The same goes for Oklahoma if it didn't have Bradford. Any quarterback who can hit a receiver in stride would go ballistic playing behind the Sooner line. McCoy has carried Texas at times, and he beat Bradford in the head-to-head game. You can't dog him for the loss; his late drive would've sealed the Heisman if Harrell-to-Crabtree didn't become the season's signature moment.

2. Tim Tebow, Florida - I'm starting to believe more and more that he might deserve it. The way he was able to own up to the Ole Miss loss, call out his team, and become the ring leader and lightening rod did wonders, while his stats have matched the leadership over the second half of the season.

3. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma - There's absolutely no question that he's a top pro prospect, unlike Jason White or Josh Heupel, but he's also functioning in a tremendous system. Deadly accurate, he's making the machine go, but he's not carrying his team like McCoy and Tebow are. With that said, I'm still auditioning him for my vote. He can win it over the next two weeks ... maybe.

Richard Cirminiello      

Q: Your Heisman top three is ...

A
: 3. Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell – Saturday’s game at Oklahoma was a Heisman semifinal with the Sooners’ Sam Bradford. While Harrell’s numbers looked fine on paper, they hardly told the entire story of what took place in Norman. Still, he’s got the stats and the Heisman moment at the end of the Texas game to bump Colt McCoy out of the top 3. 

2. Florida QB Tim Tebow – No, the numbers aren’t as gaudy, but in some respects, Tebow’s been more of a Heisman contender this season than a year ago. He’s helped make everyone around him better, and unlike 2007, the Gators are in the national championship discussion with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

1. Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford – There’s not much to dislike about Bradford’s candidacy. The second-rated passer in the country, he’s accounted for 46 touchdowns and more than 4,000 yards, while throwing just six interceptions. Plus, his team is closing strong and leading the country in scoring at 52 points a game. Thanks to Tebow breaking down barriers last year, the number of voters who’ll shy away because he’s a sophomore has declined dramatically.           


Matthew Zemek

Q: Your Heisman top three is ...

A: 3- Graham Harrell. On the medal stand, but as is the case in the Big 12 South's likely three-way contest, the Techster will have to settle for bronze.
 
2- Sam Bradford. Awesome, brilliant, stupendous. (Or should we say, Stoop-endous?) But much like Jason White relative to Larry Fitzgerald in 2003, a Sooner quarterback is--in my mind--the second most outstanding collegiate football player in the United States of America.
 
1- Colt McCoy. OU fans, I don't wear burnt orange glasses, trust me. McCoy simply has a better case, for one very simple reason. No, it's not the win over Bradford in Dallas. The reason why the Texas quarterback leads the race for the Heisman--with games still left to be played--is that while Bradford has barely been breathed on in 2008, McCoy managed to will his Longhorn teammates to a last-minute lead at Texas Tech, on a night when he got pounded into the Lubbock turf. McCoy could take a beating and still deliver the goods. His one loss gives Kid Colt that extra measure of gridiron gallantry that Bradford--through absolutely no fault of his own--just can't offer.
 
I'll say this much, though, to placate Sooner backers: If Bradford were to get chosen as the winner, I wouldn't have a real beef. White over Fitzgerald in 2003 was a crime (though I also maintained that White deserved the 2004 Heisman over Matt Leinart), but Bradford over McCoy would be a perfectly legitimate and valid decision.
 
It's Texas and Oklahoma, splitting the thinnest threads in all major aspects of this college football season. Once again, it's Bevo by a nose hair. It's just the way the stars have aligned in 2008.

Steve Silverman

Q: Your Heisman top three is ...

A: 1. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma -- I know he's a sophomore but his 42-6 TD-interception ratio speaks to me. That and the fact that he leads an offense that will shove it down your throat every step of the way.
 
2. Colt McCoy, Texas -- A running man (527 yards) and a throwing man (3,134 yards, 30 TDs and 7 interceptions). Hungry and great leader.
 
3.  Tim Tebow, Florida -- Unstoppable when the game is on the line 22 TDs and just 2 interceptions. He can run over linebackers and throw over double-coverage.