Can Bama’s Ingram win a second Heisman?

 Like DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, with each year that goes by what Archie Griffin did in 1974-75 becomes a more impressive accomplishment. The Ohio State All-American remains the only player in history to win two Heisman Trophies.

There have been a numerous opportunities for repeat Heisman winners over the past 35 years:

**–If Herschel Walker had returned to Georgia for his senior season in 1983, you have to believe he would have won another Heisman.

**–Ditto for Barry Sanders, who won it in 1988 and turned pro early.

**–Oklahoma quarterback Jason White won it as a junior in 2003 but finished behind USC quarterback Matt Leinart and OU running back Adrian Peterson in 2004.

**–Leinart won it in 2004 as a junior when the Trojans won the BCS championship but in 2005 his teammate, Reggie Bush, took home the hardware. Then Bush passed up his senior year and turned pro.

**–We had back-to-back sophomores win in 2007 (Florida’s Tim Tebow) and 2008 (Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford) but neither could repeat. Alabama RB Mark Ingram became the third straight sophomore to win in 2009.

The point is that it’s hard to win back-to-back Heismans. Too many things have to fall into place. So in that vein I’m going to present my top five picks to win the 2010 Heisman Trophy:

1. Ryan Mallett, QB,  Arkansas: No player is more valuable to his team than Mallett is to Arkansas. If he does something special at Georgia on Sept. 18 and against Alabama in Fayetteville on Sept. 25 he could be in the hunt for the rest of the season. He should beat last season’s numbers (3,624, 30 TD) in his second year in Bobby Petrino’s system.

2. Terrelle Pryor, QB,  Ohio State: He gave us a glimpse of what he could be in the Rose Bowl against Oregon. He is good enough to lead the Buckeyes to an undefeated season and that will certainly put him in New York for the Heisman ceremonies. But let’s see what he does against an athletic Miami defense on Sept. 11. Does the coaching staff trust Pryor enough to turn him loose when it gets to be crunch time in the Big Ten race?

3. Mark Ingram,  RB, Alabama: He’ll get a lot of votes after winning it last season. But Ingram will not get as many carries (271 in 2009) in 2010 because of his talented backup, sophomore Trent Richardson, and the fact that Alabama plans to throw it a little more because they trust QB Greg McElroy and WR Julio Jones is finally healthy.

4. Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State: Ponder was playing as well as any quarterback in the country (68.8 percent passing, No. 3 in total offense 321.8 ypg) when he got hurt in the ninth game against Clemson last season. With a veteran offensive line (142 combined career starts) in front of him, Ponder could jump into the mix if he does something special when the Seminoles go to Oklahoma on Sept. 11.

 5. Ricky Dobbs, QB, Navy: Nobody from the service academies has won the award since Navy’s Roger Staubach in 1963. But this kid, a native of Douglasville, is special. Last season he rushed for 1,000 yards and passed for 1,000 yards. He scored 27 rushing touchdowns, which broke the NCAA record for quarterbacks set by  Tebow. And did I mention that he played the last six games on a broken kneecap? And did I mention that he is the Vice-President of the senior class at the academy? I just want this kid to get to the Heisman ceremonies in New York, which will be just a few hours after the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia on Dec. 11.

POSSIBLE BREAKTHROUGHS

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State:  He’s 26-1 as a starting quarterback and will get a chance to make a statement on Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech. In two seasons he has thrown 64 touchdown passes and only 13 interceptions (39 TD, 3 INT last season).

Case Keenum, QB, Houston: Only the second quarterback in NCAA history with two seasons of 5,000 yards passing or more (Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell is the other). Could become Division I-A’s all-time leading passer with another big season.

Andy Dalton, QB, TCU: A long shot but he was the Mountain West offensive player of the year in 2009. Very underrated player. With 29 career wins, needs just one more to break Sammy Baugh’s record for most victories in school history.

Jacory Harris, QB, Miami: If Harris can cut down on his interceptions (17 last season)  and stays healthy he can be a really special player. Let’s see what he does at Ohio State on Sept. 11.

Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia: Now that C.J. Spiller of Clemson has gone to the NFL, Devine is the most explosive player in college football. He’s small (5-8, 180) but he has incredible speed.

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156 comments Add your comment

KidRay

August 26th, 2010
7:24 am

first. Go Rutgers

Adam

August 26th, 2010
7:24 am

I believe the qb you are talking about for OU is Jason White. Not Steve

#1

August 26th, 2010
7:24 am

yellowjacket1975

August 26th, 2010
7:26 am

Nesbitt should be on that list if Dobbs is.

SavannahDog

August 26th, 2010
7:45 am

A.J. Green and/or Arron Murray will be on the list by mid-October.

Lewis Grizzard

August 26th, 2010
7:46 am

Uhhh…. #1… you’re third. Typing FAIL !

Simple Simon

August 26th, 2010
7:49 am

Mark Richt should be at the top of the list. This list is BS.

Mikey in the SAV

August 26th, 2010
7:50 am

Keenum, but Houston is handicapped by not being in the spotlight often enough.

Still@theBAR

August 26th, 2010
7:52 am

Ingram didn’t win the Heisman last year! He was got a GIFT. Bama never had a Heisman winner and they were a real good team. The kid from Stanford was the best back last year and he ment more to his team.

Beast from the East

August 26th, 2010
7:52 am

I think it will come down to Kellen Moore at BSU or Case Keenum at Houston. Both will put up gawdy numbers against inferior opponents. Ingram has a chance to repeat, but most likely will not for all the reasons Tony mentions above.

#2 BAMA FAN

August 26th, 2010
7:55 am

Mark Ingram could win the heisman again but he would have to rush for 1800 yards and 20 touchdowns
or better. The problem is Trent Richardson is just as good as Ingram and will take carries away from
Mark Ingram. His heisman trophy speech was one of the best and it came from the heart and tears running down his cheeks I was crying to. RTR

GeezusDawg

August 26th, 2010
7:57 am

It’s a beauty contest anyway – no one cares.

5IML

August 26th, 2010
7:58 am

Modern voters will not allow a repeat. Plus, Ingram will have to split carries with Trent and Eddie.

Ponder and Pryor are at the top of my list. Both will put up big numbers against poor defenses. Each will only face a couple of good defenses all year. Ponder faces UNC and OU. Pryor faces Iowa.

Heisman Overrated

August 26th, 2010
8:03 am

Ingram wasn’t even the best player on his own team last year (McClain). And no defensive players are mentioned here either. Defense wins championships.

Douglas

August 26th, 2010
8:03 am

Walker should have won it as a Freshman over George Rogers. The reason he did not is because he had a bunch of old farts voting who believed that no matter how great you are you don’t give the Heisman to a freshman. What a bunch of idiots!

Help me understand something...

August 26th, 2010
8:04 am

If Ricky Dobbs is a legitamate Heisman candidate running an option offence and rushed for 1,000 yards and passed for 1,000+ yards why is it laughable to think that Joshua Nesbitt is a dark hors candidate for that award?! His numbers are very similar to Rick Dobbs.

SimpleDawg

August 26th, 2010
8:04 am

There will be no back-to-back Heismans for Ingram…..you stated the reasons.

There are way too many potential candidates to win the Trophy….and they can’t all under perform.

My watch list: Pryor, Ponder, Kellen, Keenum…..and maybe Mallet, if he doesn’t get hammered by riled up defenses tired of hearing about how great Arkansas’ offense will be.

Surest bet: the outstanding offensive player on the # 1 ranked undefeated team by the 3rd week of November.

And no, it will not be Nesbit.

SatchelBuzz

August 26th, 2010
8:20 am

savannah,…no they won’t.

THWG!!!

mando

August 26th, 2010
8:22 am

hey tony-looks like you need the season to get here; your clearly out of ideas for this daily.

Ormewood

August 26th, 2010
8:29 am

I like what Beast from the East said. Moore and Keenum will pile up stats against inferior opponents. If Moore shines in a win versus the Hokies, watch out. Sleeper for me is Dion Lewis from Pitt, who rushed for 1,800 yards as a freshman.

Charlie Bama

August 26th, 2010
8:29 am

Agree with you on most of your points, Saturday Master Tony. It will be hard for Mark Ingram to repeat, unless the stars align just right. Stars align = Bama competes for the BCS nat championship again; Ingram beats his numbers from last year (remotely possible); Mallet falls apart or gets hurt; Trent Richardson (Mark’s backup) turns out to be less spectacular than we all expect him to be; and everyone else –like Keenum– stinks. These stars will be hard to align, Tony. Mark Ingram can repeat, BUT it will be hard. At least his chances are better than Auburn ever (EVER) winning a national championship.

Sven Ottke

August 26th, 2010
8:34 am

Douglas, then Walker shouldn’t have won it in ‘83. Dickerson should have.

Sven Ottke

August 26th, 2010
8:34 am

Make that ‘82 to Dickerson.

bamaguy

August 26th, 2010
8:37 am

Let’s be honest, if it went to the “best athlete who means the most to his team”, Tim Tebow would have won three years in a row. It is the highest individual honor in college football, so they will always spread it around if there is more than one worthy candidate. Mark Ingram deserved to win last year, but so did everyone else sitting at the foot of that stage.

Canes

August 26th, 2010
8:39 am

Like Phil Steele, 2 people on my Heisman watch are:
AJ Green
Washaun Ealey

They’ll both put up big numbers, and if Georgia goes undefeated, 1 of these 2 guys will win it.

Hoss

August 26th, 2010
8:42 am

Odds of Ingram winning it, looking at history, practically impossible, like the odds of Alabama repeating as National Champions. Alabama’s going to go 9-3 like Saban did after LSU won their National Campionship with Saban, their defense is atrocious, they get 6 games in a row where teams are coming off 2 weeks to prepare, so 9-3, that will take all Alabama players out of the Heisman race.

What dawg?

August 26th, 2010
8:44 am

Charlotte bama obviously has an inferiority complex. That’s understandable. You might feel better about yourself if you just take that washing powder box off your empty head.

TommyJack

August 26th, 2010
8:48 am

Haven’t followed the Heisman since the Peyton Manning heist.

5IML

August 26th, 2010
8:50 am

Hoss,

How have you determined BAMA’s defense to be atrocious?

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2010
8:52 am

Terrelle Pryor is getting a lot of hype based on one bowl game. How do we know that the real QB isn’t the one that struggled to play within that offense for most of the season? I think he’s tremendously talented but is probably in the wrong system for his skill sets.

Tokyo jacket

August 26th, 2010
8:53 am

I think Nesbitt ought to be on the list too. But, let’s not get carried away. Dobbs ran for 9 more TDs than Nesbitt did last year. He had a special season. I think Dobbs could get a mention this year. There’s a growing rumble among sports prognosticators that he should be included. I think that if Nesbitt becomes the first player in FBS history (and only the second in NCAA history) to get to 5,000 yds passing and 3,000 yds rushing, someone’s on crack if he doesn’t get a trip to NY.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2010
8:54 am

I think it’s also important to note the bias against underclassmen winning the Heisman in Herschel’s era. He certainly would’ve been a two time winner in the modern age.

little brother@a.p.i.

August 26th, 2010
8:55 am

What??!! No cam newton??!! How dare you T.B.,this guy is a shoe-in!!! Just GRAB your laptop and read the wah eggle bunker new’s!!! They know!!

5IML

August 26th, 2010
8:55 am

Geoff,

Regarding Pryor, he will only face one top-level defense (Iowa) and one good defense (Miami) all year. With the hype that’s surrounded him since high school, he will become a Heisman frontrunner.

dawgfan

August 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Back to back Heismans are rare because the media likes to have a different player to hype every single year for a fresh story. Although I can’t argue with some recent winners, the Heisman is a bogus media popularity contest. I’m convinced that the media could get the long snapper at Louisiana Tech invited to the Heisman ceremony if it tried hard enough. No lie.

I love college football as much as anyone but the Heisman is the most overrated award in all of sports.

And for the love of God Techies, shut the hell up about Josh Nesbitt winning the stupid Heisman. The guy couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with one of his passes. It isn’t freaking happening. Good grief.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Have to admit that UT’s been given the Heisman shaft on more than one occassion as well. Manning and Majors both were robbed.

Tide Rising

August 26th, 2010
8:57 am

No way Ingram wins it. Trent Richardson will take away too many carries, the offense is going to be much more explosive in terms of passing, and now there is a 3rd tailback who will get carries. Redshirt freshman Eddie Lacy outrushed both Ingram and Richardson in the last scrimmage and he will now get some carries. The dynamic duo just became the 3 headed monster.

The real favorites- Christian Ponder and Terrelle Pryor. Pryor is way overrated in my opinion but he has the hype machine and media bias in his favor. If Ponder picks up where he left off last season before his injury and FSU has a good season Ponder has a great shot. Otherwise Case Keenum and Kellen Moore would have to put up gigantic numbers to get some of the media hype that will otherwise got to Pryor more than anyone else.

AJ Green would be in there if he had an experienced qb like a Stafford or David Greeen but he has no chance with a freshman throwing the ball to him.

Tokyo jacket

August 26th, 2010
8:58 am

Oh, and no, Ingram can’t win it. He was a good player on the best team last year. Next year, Bama loses too much and Ingram shares carries. I like the Devine sleeper pick, but he’s no better than 5th.

Jake

August 26th, 2010
8:59 am

Defense will be keying and looking out for Mark this year. However, it’s his to win, he’s stronger and bigger this year. If Bama’s O-line can create some holes, look out.

jumbeauxtiger

August 26th, 2010
9:01 am

Unlike a year ago when you had Tebow, Bradford and McCoy touted as favorites, there is no clear-cut frontrunner in my mind.

I agree that Ingram’s chances are diminished since Richardson is simply too good not to play. That’s a nice problem to have. Both of those guys are great players, are older and will be even better than a year ago.

Tide Rising

August 26th, 2010
9:02 am

Hoss,

Alabama’s defense is “atrocious”. Uh, didn’t we finish #2 in the nation in total defense last year? And I’m not sure but I believe we were number 1 or 2 the year before also.

Exactly how did you arrive at the idea that our defense is atrocious with 3 players(all juniors) Marcel Dareus, Donta Hightower, and Mark Barron that are forecasted to be NFL 1st round draft picks next year?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 26th, 2010
9:03 am

No, he won’t win a second Heisman. He didn’t deserve the first one he got.

Tokyo jacket

August 26th, 2010
9:04 am

Dawgfan, I bet Nesbitt has a higher QB rating than your QB at the end of the year. Are you guys down to the waterboy yet at QB? Nesbitt finished last year with a QB rating of 148.7 good enough for 15th in the country last year. Joe Cox finished at 42nd.

Tide Rising

August 26th, 2010
9:06 am

Kam Fong,

You can make an argument that he didn’t deserve the first Heisman since the Heisman is nothing more than a media driven popularity contest. But you can also make that argument about a helluva lot of Heisman winners most notably Charles Woodson over Peyton Manning which was laughable..

BJohnDawg

August 26th, 2010
9:09 am

Ingram…Ingram…Ingram.
Sorry, until someone steps up , and the list you have have yet to impress, then he is the front runner by a mile.Mallet? they will probably end up 8-5 after a bowl. Ponder….uh no. If not Ingram, it will be someone not on that list.
Book it.

JB

August 26th, 2010
9:13 am

Bama almost lost to Auburn last year………Don’t give me that looking ahead crap…it’s their BIGGEST rival. Bama loses twice this year, probably wins the SEC, but won’t play for NC. Defense will be good, but not great. Harder to get those guys to win two in a row. Ask Florida. Same players back that year, not the same team.

cuttysark

August 26th, 2010
9:15 am

Although I believe their season will end early with a loss to Virginia Tech, if Boise State runs the table and goes to the National Championship Game, Kellen Moore will win the trophy as the leader of their Cinderella team. Other than that the race is wide open with Pryor at OSU probably the early favorite as he has a very good team and did look good in their Rose Bowl win over Oregon. Joshua Nesbitt of the Yellow Jackets will need an undefeated season to be in the discussion for the award. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Hoss

August 26th, 2010
9:15 am

The Alabama lost 13, 3 year players, and 9 guys are gone from last yesar’s. Experience matters, and this defense will stink. Alabama ranks 100 in experience in the NCAA.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 26th, 2010
9:16 am

Mallett at #1? Doesn’t the team have to also play pretty damn good football also? I think he may be a stat monster, but this isn’t Fantasy College Football (well when awarding the Heisman it sometimes is). He has road trips to UGA,Auburn and Carolina. He draws Bama and LSU at home. The only way he wins if the voters want to give another Andre Ware the Trophy.

Pryor has to be #1 on the list. This will be the year that he breaks out and elevates the Buckeye offense, as much as I hate to admit that.

From 11-3 to 14-0

August 26th, 2010
9:17 am

Christian Ponder ?
Jacory Harris ?

Not long ago,
Mr. College Football said Joshua Nesbitt was the best QB in the ACC.