McCoy a Heisman finalist, but is he the favorite?

December, 7, 2009
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Colt McCoy will become the first Texas player to make two trips to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

However, Alabama running back Mark Ingram might be the favorite now after he impressed in the SEC title game while McCoy's uneven showing in the Big 12 squeaker might dip him into underdog status just one game after his otherwordly performance at Texas A&M seemed to surge him in front.

Other finalists who will make the trip to New York for Saturday night's announcement from the Nokia Theatre in Times Square are Stanford RB Toby Gerhart, Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh and Florida QB Tim Tebow.

Suh was unbelievable in Nebraska's 13-12 loss and would become the first defensive player to win the award since Charles Woodson. Tim Tebow, looking for his second Heisman in three years, likely won 't get it after his Gators were swamped by the Tide.

For McCoy, it's really a case of bad timing. He had a phenomenal junior season, but Oklahoma's equally stellar quarterback Sam Bradford garnered more votes. Had McCoy put up last season's numbers this season, he'd be the runaway winner.

After Saturday, he'll likely have to settle for a shot at winning the BCS national championship.

If McCoy should pull the upset and win it, he'll become the first Texas quarterback to take home the Heisman. Running backs Ricky Williams (1998) and Earl Campbell are the school's other Heisman winners (1977).

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