I officially call to order the Kings of the Roundtable....I have brought together the blogosphere's best and brightest to breakdown college football....the Fab Five are Zach of The Big Picture, Graig of Money Shot, Jon of Complete Sports, Virgil of Wasting Company Time, and me (Rick) of Stiles Points.....today we give our votes for this year's Heisman Trophy.....I asked each King to send me their top 5 for this year's Heisman.....the player they selected first was given 4 points, second was given 3 points and so on down to the player was fifth in their voting was given one point.....these points were tallied and 1 winner was declared.....before we divulge our winner, let's go through and see how each King voted....
Zach of The Big Picture
Here goes...1. Chase Daniel 2. Darren McFadden 3. Dennis Dixon 4. Tim Tebow 5. Colt Brennan....I've always been a proponent of the best player on the best team. Daniel is just that (Zach sent his vote in on Wednesday). His numbers are good enough, his team is strong enough...basically, it's just Daniel by default at this point. McFadden has the celebrity factor. He's been a star for years, so a strong game against LSU gets him bumped higher than he probably deserves. Dixon would have won if he stayed healthy. The Bay Area-native was unstoppable running the spread option. Tebow should probably be higher based on his numbers, but if he's the best player in the country and surrounded by top-tier talent, Florida shouldn't have three losses. Brennan's numbers are unreal, but he's been play JV teams.
Graig of Money Shot
1. Tim Tebow - You either love the kid or you hate him, but you can't deny that he's a great football player. The Heisman Trophy doesn't go to the best pro prospect or the most valuable to their team. It goes to the signature player of the season. That is Tim Tebow.
2. Pat White - White is going to be the QB of a potential BCS champion and is definitely the most exciting player in the country. He does it with his legs, his arm, and his good decision-making. 3. Chase Daniel - He had one big moment to show the country how good he is (against Kansas) and he was completely dominant. Daniel has a strong, accurate arm and is leading the #1 team in the nation into the Big XII Title game, he deserves to go to New York.
4. Darren McFadden - Don't get me wrong, McFadden is going to be sweet in the NFL, but he just didn't have a Heisman-quality season. Yes, he did have a signature game vs. LSU but he also has been inconsistent with his production, highlighted by his 43 yard performance vs. Auburn.
5. Colt Brennan - Colt should have won it last year in my opinion but I digress. He's been banged up this year but should go to New York as a tribute to his great career.
Jon of Complete Sports
1. Tim Tebow - He's only a sophomore and his team is not in the national title hunt... two strikes against him. But the numbers are just too good to ignore. He's got a mind-boggling 51 total TDs (29 passing, 22 rushing) and nearly 4000 total yards (3132 passing, 838 rushing). Oh, and he erased any doubt that there might have been about his throwing ability, as he has completed 68.5% of his passes. The numbers are just too good for him not to be my Heisman pick.
2. Chase Daniel - He had led Missouri into the National Title Hunt (I am writing this before the Oklahoma/Missouri game). Who would have thought that would happen before the season began? He's been an extremely efficient and effective passer... nearly 4000 yards through the year, 33 TD, 9 INT, and he has completed over 70% of his passes. Not bad.
3. Darren McFadden - Perhaps the most talented player in college football. The Razorbacks have struggled at times this year, but through no fault of McFadden. He has rushed for over 1700 yards (nearly 6 YPC) and run for 15 TDs. Oh, and just for good measure he's also thrown for 4 TD passes.
4. Dennis Dixon - What could have been! If he hadn't gotten hurt then Oregon might be playing for the national title and Dixon might be the Heisman winner. Unfortunately, that did not happen, but I can't put Dixon lower than 4th. He was fantastic all year long as a dual-threat QB. The running was there as it always has been (583 yards, 9 TD), but he also became an efficient thrower, with 20 TDs, 4 INT, and completing over 2/3 of his passes.
5. Todd Reesing - If Kansas had beat Missouri he'd have a solid shot at the Heisman, but as it is he should still get some recognition for an outstanding year. In leading the resurgence of Kansas he threw for over 3200 yards, and had a fantastic 32/6 TD/INT ratio.
Virgil of Wasting Company Time and The Ship of Fools
1. Tim Tebow - You simply cannot ignore 51 total TDs. His team is pretty overrated, but he carried the offense all year.
2. Darren McFadden - He has to be thinking "what the hell do I have to do to win this award?" Last year he was "too young" as a sophomore, this year he is going to lose the trophy to a sophomore. Some NFL team is going to get a NASTY running back in April's draft.
3. Colt Brennan - We have to take him and Hawaii seriously now. Those last two games (Boise and Washington) were pretty impressive.
4. Chase Daniel - That was a pretty bad performance in the biggest game of his season. I have been touting this guy all year over on EC, but I'm afraid that championship game is going to cost him.
5. Dennis Dixon - In many ways, the fact that Oregon completely fell apart once he went down is the greatest evidence of his value.
Rick of Stiles Points
1. Darren McFadden - McFadden was out of the Heisman picture during the middle of the season, but he turned in on late in the season with his record breaking performance against South Carolina and his one-man show against LSU....
2. Tim Tebow - this kid could do everything.....he really is a fullback who can throw like a quarterback....he will clearly be the front runner next year.....
3. Todd Reesing - if Reesing played for Ohio State or USC, he would have won the award this year....but because he played for Kansas, many will overlook him....he is deserving of being in the top 5.....
4. Dennis Dixon - it showed how much D2 meant to his team....after going down with a knee injury the Ducks lost 3 straight and not only dropped out of the national title picture, but also the BCS.....
5. Armanti Edwards - you remember this kid - the QB from Appalachian State......yes, I know I-AA has its own Player of the Year award, but this kid is something special....I have watched at least 6 Appy State games over the last two seasons and he impresses me more each time.....how this kid ended up at a I-AA school amazes me....the kid does not get rattled....and he is much more than just a scrambling QB.....they kid can pass too....
Well, there are our thoughts....now for the voting and this year's winner.....
1. Tim Tebow - 21 points (3 first place votes)
2. Darren McFadde - 18 points (1 first place vote)
3. Chase Daniel - 12 points (1 first place vote)
4. Dennis Dixon - 8 points
5. Colt Brennan - 5 points
6. Todd Reesing - 4 points
6. Pat White - 4 points
8. Armanti Edwards - 1 point
So in the end, Florida's Tim Tebow would get the Kings of the Roundtable Heisman Trophy....
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