September 1, 2009

Roundtable: Who will win the Heisman in 2009?

At the College Football Roundtable, we ask each member of the college football coverage staff for his opinion about a topic in the sport.

Today's question: Who do you think wins the Heisman this season?

Olin Buchanan's answer:
I'm predicting Florida's Tim Tebow will join Ohio State's Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman recipient. Tebow's ability, competitiveness and big-play ability has been proven over and over the past three seasons. There is no reason not to expect another big year from him. He won't have receivers Percy Harvin or Louis Murphy, and that could hurt his candidacy. But he also may have to make more big plays himself. I believe he will. In addition, a quarterback who has played in the BCS national championship game has won the Heisman in four of the past six seasons. As the quarterback for the nation's top-ranked team, Tebow certainly has a great chance to fill that requirement.

Tom Dienhart's answer:
This shapes up as one of the best races in recent memory, as the top three vote-getters from last season are back in Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas' Colt McCoy and Florida's Tim Tebow. That's only the second time that has happened. If Florida is as good as everyone predicts, I think Tebow will claim his second Heisman. Even though he isn't the defending Heisman winner, Tebow has tons of momentum and mojo entering the season, and he seemingly already has been ordained the winner. Another Heisman coupled with a third national title would make Tebow the greatest college football player ever.

David Fox's answer:
Colt McCoy has one advantage the other two finalists from last season don't have: He doesn't have to compete against himself. He doesn't have to be better than Sam Bradford 2008, as Bradford 2009 must be. He doesn't have to be better than Tim Tebow 2007, as Tebow 2009 must be. The career achievements for all three will be a factor, but McCoy could finish his career as a 70-percent career passer (he stands at 70.2 percent right now). Heismanpundit.com picks McCoy at the leader right now, given Bradford's new offensive line and Tebow's media saturation. McCoy meets The 10 Heismandments.

Mike Huguenin's answer:
If Florida goes unbeaten, I think Tim Tebow wins it for the second time for two reasons. One, if the Gators are unbeaten, Tebow obviously will have played a big role. Second, I think some voters also would consider giving it to Tebow as a sort of lifetime achievement award. If Florida doesn't go unbeaten, I think it goes to either Oklahoma's Sam Bradford or Texas' Colt McCoy, with the winner being the guy whose team wins the Big 12 South.

Steve Megargee's answer:
I'll pick Texas quarterback Colt McCoy to beat out 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow and 2008 recipient Sam Bradford. I already had predicted in an earlier roundtable that Texas and Florida would meet in the BCS championship game, so let's assume for these purposes that both teams finish unbeaten. I think McCoy will be more productive than Tebow this season. McCoy will be throwing to a better receiving corps; Texas returns Jordan Shipley and Florida must replace Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy. Tebow also will be facing better defenses in the SEC than McCoy will have to deal with in the Big 12. There's always the possibility that Big 12 defenses received so much criticism last season that popular opinion might swing toward Tebow even if McCoy produces better statistics, but I'm guessing sentiment might be on McCoy's side since he's the only one of the three leading preseason candidates who doesn't already own a Heisman. McCoy's head-to-head victory over Bradford in the Red River Rivalry and his statistical edge over Tebow should make him the Heisman winner in December. Once again, Tebow figures to get his revenge by beating the Heisman recipient in the BCS championship game.




 

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