Final thoughts on Heisman

I have no vote in the Heisman, so what I say has no bearing on the outcome, but this is my opinion. Mark Ingram, Ndamukong Suh, and Toby Gerhart should be the contenders.

Mark Ingram entered the final game on the biggest stage in football and excelled, rushing for  118 yards, three tds and another 80-plus yards receiving. This team is so loaded to begin with, but without Ingram, they could have lost the SC game and maybe a couple others. He was that valuable. His greatness is unquestioned.

Ndamukong Suh (His name is so hard to spell that may exclude him) had a tremendous season and in the biggest stage of his career, had four and a half sacks and I believe seven or eight tackles. He's a legitimate candidate.

Toby Gerhart- Terrific player. We've gone over the yards, almost 1,800, and a bunch of tds. Last game against Notre Dame, he ran for over 200. Another legit contender.

Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy just didn't get it done on the biggest stage. To me that separates the contenders from the pretenders. 

Any one of the top three would be the right choice. I go with Ingram because his team went undefeated and earned the top ranking in the country at the end of the season. He gained his yards and tds against the top-ranked defense in the country–though I think Bama's is better.

Suh and Gerhart are great players, too. I rank Suh second and Gerhart third, McCoy fourth and Tebow fifth.

I think with as close as this vote was all year, it was a week to week thing, and the last week of the season was the clincher for Mark Ingram. I've heard rumors that some writers didn't vote for Ingram in the Southeast. There is some jealousy with Alabama and Saban amongst writers and it's pretty unprofessional not to vote for someone because you don't like their coach. The right thing to do is to give the Heisman Trophy to Mark Ingram. He's earned it.