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The Downtown Athletic Club will hand out the John Heisman Memorial Trophy this Saturday night and while I did not vote in their selective club, I was invited for the second year to participate in Shotgun Spratling’s “Sports Blog Heisman Trophy” over at The Blue Workhorse blog. Below is the ballot I sent to him.
Last season, quarterbacks were all the rage as I voted for Sam Bradford (QB-Oklahoma), Tim Tebow (QB-Florida), and Shonn Greene (RB-Iowa), and awarded Honorable Mentions to Colt McCoy (QB-Texas) and Graham Harrell (QB-Texas Tech). With the top three signal-callers on my ballot returning to school, 2009 looked to be a rematch among them, but none of the three reached the same level as they did last year and running backs stole the show on my ballot.
His performance in the SEC Championship game puts him over the top. He did not have the most yards or touchdowns, but he had the biggest impact on his team, and more importantly, the biggest impact to his opponent’s gameplan. Alabama is not in the National Championship without him.
What did Spiller not do on offense or special teams this season? He passed for one touchdown, rushed for 1145 yards and 11 TDs, had 445 receiving yards and four TDs, four kickoff return TDs (33.7 YPR), and a punt return TD (16.1 YPR). He is a game changing running back and dominated this season without having to split time with James Davis.
The Senior broke out this season, elevating Stanford to Pac-10 contention. He had three 200 yards games and 26 touchdowns, including three or more in the final four games. Despite the fact that he was the nation’s top rusher, he was a complete non-factor in the passing game.
Dion Lewis (Freshman, RB, Pittsburgh), the underrecruited back is the main reason Pittsburgh was one point shy of a Big East Championship and he was worked hard in the Cincinnati game, delivering more than his share of the load. He may get some support this season, but only a freshman, he should get better next season.