Heisman clock ticking down for Colt


What Texas quarterback Colt McCoy really needs is a college football lifetime achievement award. He'd win it, hands down. With a 45-7 record as a four-year starter, McCoy has won more college football games than any quarterback ever.

He finished his second consecutive season having completed more than 70 percent of his passes. That statistic is even more remarkable considering the Longhorns haven't had much of a running attack either year. Every defense knew Colt was going to put it in the air and he still completed every 7 of 10 passs. Consider what Colt had to do on Thanksgiving night just for Texas to get by Texas A&M: 24-of-40 for 304 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions AND 175 rushing yards and a touchdown. Incredible.

Problem is the Texas offense played inconsistently at the start of the season, then took off in the middle and stunk it up in their last-second 13-12 win over Nebraska in the Big 12 title game. McCoy threw three interceptions with no touchdowns and amassed just 184 passing yards in a game that everyone watched.

McCoy finished second in the voting last season to Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, who has said his vote this year went to McCoy.

Alabama running back Mark Ingram appears to be the lead horse with Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh garnering tons of attention late, especially after his dominating, 4.5-sack performance against Texas in the Big 12 title game, a performance that just might have kept McCoy from winning his first Heisman in his second consecutive trip to New York.

Suh would become the first defensive lineman to win the award and the first defensive player to take home the Heisman since Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson in 1997.

Florida quarterback and 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow does not appear to be a factor this time around. Punishing Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, the nation's leader with 1,736 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns, could challenge.

The Heisman clock is ticking. Less than four hours to go.