Heisman Watch 2009: Colt McCoy Needs Huge Big 12 Championship

Who will win the Heisman?

  • Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) (29%, 12 Votes)
  • Toby Gerhart (RB - Stanford) (27%, 11 Votes)
  • Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) (24%, 10 Votes)
  • Tim Tebow (QB - Florida) (20%, 8 Votes)
  • Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St) (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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Colt McCoy helped his chances of winning the 2009 Heisman Trophy on Thanksgiving Day with a big win over Texas A&M and an outstanding performance by the senior. As of this writing, Mark Ingram and Toby Gerhart are the two top candidates, but I believe Toby Gerhart is the man to beat and it’s going to take a “Flutie Moment” for McCoy to have a shot at winning the Heisman Trophy.

McCoy Fans Thankful For Thanksgiving Performance

Colt McCoy and the Longhorns have had a great season but McCoy will likely need a “Flutie Moment” in the Big 12 Championship game to win the Heisman Trophy.

McCoy had a tremendous game on national television against Texas A&M when he needed it most – during the final push for the Heisman Trophy. The senior completed 24 of 40 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for a career-high 175 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Not only was it a big performance by McCoy and the Longhorns, but it was exactly the type of win that a Heisman Trophy candidate needs – flashy and exciting as hell.

McCoy’s signature moment in the game was a 65 yard run down the middle of the field for a touchdown early in the second half. Texas A&M hung in there all game and kept the game close, kept fighting back, and kept threatening to upset the Longhorns and ruin their chances of a National Championship – but this time they were simply denied. The Longhorns fought through the threat and McCoy emerged triumphant on a huge stage and is poised to lead the Longhorns against the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the Big 12 Championship.

McCoy Needs A Huge Game

Now McCoy and the Longhorns face Nebraska, and I dare say McCoy needs a “Doug Flutie” moment to pull this one out. The expectations for Colt were already sky high – everyone expected huge numbers, a national championship push, and a Heisman-type season from McCoy – and that’s exactly what they got. Well, giving people what they expected is the problem for McCoy.

They don’t like rewarding the Heisman Trophy to people who do what they were expected to do. It doesn’t go to solid, consistent performers. It goes to flashy superstars. It goes to the guys who shock the world with almost above-human performances time and time again. It goes to guys that everybody has been amazed by and enamored with. It goes to legendary performers who leave lasting memories for decades to come. I dare say that this is the problem for both Ingram and McCoy – this year there just isn’t enough of a national love affair with these guys. So who are we in love with? Who shocked and amazed us? Who overachieved?

Toby Gerhart Has A Season To Remember

Toby Gerhart of the Stanford Cardinal has had an amazing season in 2009. He blew away all expectations and his leadership in huge victories over top 10 teams may lead him to the Heisman Trophy

It’s too easy, predictable, and boring to give it to McCoy or Ingram – they’re on the best teams in the country and they did what everyone expected them to do – play consistently great football. Will we talk about McCoy or Ingram’s seasons for decades to come? Not hardly. In fact, we wont be talking about them for months to come. But Toby Gerhart? Now that’s a season to remember! This young man has given us plenty to talk about.

Gerhart plays for the Stanford Cardinal – an underdog whom nobody outside of the Cardinal program had high expectations for. But Toby Gerhart led the Cardinal to national prominence with stunning victories over two top 10 rated teams – Oregon and USC. Then they hosted Notre Dame and officially ended the reign of Charlie Weis with a big victory over the Irish. The college football world was floored. The Stanford Cardinal wiped out several big teams with exciting victories on national television and totally beat all expectations that anyone had for them – and they did it on the shoulders of Gerhart – who’s leadership and unstoppable running game helped Stanford freshman QB Andrew Luck make a big name for himself in the process. That my friends is what the Heisman trophy is all about – legendary performances.

Toby Gerhart Stands Deserves The Heisman

The Heisman is for legends. It’s for unforgettable players making unforgettable plays and raising their team to a level that no other player in college football could have raised them to. It’s about memories. It’s about excitement. It’s about leadership. It’s for that one guy that blew us all away with a Herculean season. Ingram didn’t blow us away. Neither did McCoy or Tebow. They’re all amazing and we’ll have a ton of fun watching them try to make a name for themselves on Sundays.

But Toby Gerhart shocked the world of college football and led the Cardinal to exciting victories over top ranked programs that nobody saw coming when the season first kicked off. The Heisman isn’t about players playing great when people expected them to play great. It’s about playing above and beyond what anyone expected from you. It’s about raising your team to a level they never could have reached without you. Toby Gerhart gave us all that and then some. How can you not give it to the kid? He blew away all of the expectations – he led his team to great victories – he gave us all so much to remember, and so much to talk about. He did exactly what Heisman candidates are supposed to do – make it so that you would almost feel ashamed giving the Heisman Trophy to anyone else.

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