My Heisman Trophy ballot is due next Wednesday. My No. 1 choice is all but set, but who should take silver and bronze (voters are asked only to rank their top three choices).
There still is time to sway me, which Iowa fans surely like to hear as Shonn Greene’s name fades from the national spotlight now that the Hawkeyes haven’t played in two weeks.
Greene’s numbers translate to a top-5 finish — and in most years would get him invited to the ceremony. Not this year, and that’s a shame.
It’s all about the quarterback.
ESPN isn’t hyping Greene for its broadcast of the Dec. 13 ceremony, a sure sign he won’t be in New York and possibly that his candidacy is losing steam.
I’ve long thought that the network has too much of an influence on the voting. Its commentary and (un)intended? campaigning of top players almost certainly helps fill out voters’ ballots.
So, who am i voting for? I’m leaning strongly toward Texas’ Colt McCoy.
He, Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell and Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford have all played in primetime and delivered huge games and huge wins. And yes, Florida’s Tim Tebow has got to be considered too.
(Full disclosure: I voted for Tebow a year ago. No brainer.)
So what separates McCoy this year?
To me, he’s got a specialness that the other guys don’t. Can I explain it? Not very well, other than to say he seems to make plays and do incredible things when the ball is in his hands.
Accuracy, arm strength, running ability — I like it all.
Can anybody convince me otherwise? The rest of my top 3 is up for grabs, but short of a drop-dead performance from Bradford or Tebow in their conference title games, the Real McCoy is the Real Winner.
Whaddya think? Have i got this thing all wrong?