Updated: August 17, 2010, 10:39 AM ET

ESPN Experts' Poll

Name Position School Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
Toby Gerhart RB Stanford Sr. 7 2 2 3 0 55
Mark Ingram RB Alabama So. 3 8 2 1 0 55
Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska Sr. 3 4 6 0 1 50
Colt McCoy QB Texas Sr. 2 1 0 6 5 31
C.J. Spiller RB Clemson Sr. 0 0 3 0 6 15
Tim Tebow QB Florida Sr. 0 0 1 3 2 11
Kellen Moore QB Boise State So. 0 0 1 2 0 7
Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh Fr. 0 0 0 0 1 1

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ESPN's Take

Gerhart's consistency a cut above the rest

By Ivan Maisel
ESPN.com

Editor's note: Each week this season, ESPN.com will ask one of its Heisman Watch voters to explain his or her picks.

1. Toby Gerhart, Stanford: The senior is second in the nation in rushing (1,736 yards) and first in scoring (26 touchdowns). He never had a bad game and he had plenty of good ones, especially down the stretch. In the Cardinal's last four games, when the aches and pains of the autumn have accumulated, Gerhart averaged 29 carries and 185.5 yards per game. Want a tiebreaker? He is an outstanding student. At Stanford. Bottom line: Gerhart has the best stats and played the most consistent football of any of the Heisman contenders.

2. Mark Ingram, Alabama: Like Gerhart, the Alabama sophomore is a money player who shrugged off the first contact. Like Gerhart, Ingram got stronger as games got longer. In the fourth quarter against South Carolina, Ingram got every one of the 68 yards the Crimson Tide needed to score the touchdown that put the Gamecocks away, 20-6. Ingram rushed for 1,542 yards, an Alabama record, and 15 touchdowns. He is the best offensive weapon on the No. 1 team in the nation.

3. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska: Most defensive tackles who dominate games clog up the middle of the field so their teammates can make the stops. The Nebraska senior is so strong and mobile that he does both. Suh's 4.5 sacks Saturday night in the 13-12 loss to Texas will be remembered as long as quarterbacks run in fear. He has 12 sacks. Suh might not overcome the natural bias against defensive players -- it's hard for voters to take a leap without stats to guide them -- but his play attracted enough attention for him to become a Heisman finalist.

4. Kellen Moore, Boise State: The sophomore has numbers straight out of EA Sports: 39 touchdown passes, three interceptions, 3,325 yards and the nation's best efficiency rating of 167.35. Moore doesn't flinch under pressure. He finds a way to get the ball to a receiver no matter how big the body bearing down upon him. Moore, a lightly recruited coach's son from rural Washington, is so smart that Broncos coach Chris Petersen regularly picks his brain for ideas. All this, and two more seasons of eligibility.

5. Colt McCoy, Texas: The senior and 2008 Heisman runner-up overcame a slow start to the season with a fantastic second half, peaking with 479 yards of total offense in the Longhorns' 49-39 defeat of Texas A&M. That made McCoy the favorite until his offensive line fell apart against Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game. Still, McCoy has thrown for 3,512 yards and completed more than 70 percent of his passes. He also is the Longhorns' second leading rusher with 348 yards.

Tracking the Candidates

Gerhart had a bye last week, but his overall numbers will stack up next to anyone's this season. He had three games with at least 200 rushing yards and hit the 100-yard mark in all but two games.
WEEK 13 VS. NOTRE DAME
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
20537.1
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
13333.00
2009 SEASON
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
1871275.5
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
1115714.30
Ingram's pedestrian stat line of 41 yards rushing and no touchdowns tells part of the story as to how South Carolina was able to knock off the top-ranked Tide. The loss puts Alabama in the unfamiliar position of playing catch-up in the SEC West, though with LSU and Auburn still on the schedule, it'd be foolish to count Ingram and the Tide out just yet.
WEEK 14 VS. FLORIDA
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
11334.0
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
27638.00
2009 SEASON
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
1658176.1
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
3233410.43
3
Ndamukong Suh
Suh won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's best defensive player. You can't argue against that after witnessing his dominant 4-sack performance against Texas. For the season, he has 12 sacks and 23 tackles for loss.

WEEK 14 VS. TEXAS
TACKLES
TOTSOLOSACK
12104
 
INTERCEPTIONS
INTYDSTD
000
2009 SEASON
TACKLES
TOTSOLOSACK
824712
 
INTERCEPTIONS
INTYDSTD
100
McCoy completed just 56 percent of his passes and threw three picks in a closer-than-expected Big 12 championship game. For the first time all season, McCoy didn't throw a touchdown pass in the game. His performance might have helped the candidacy of Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh, however.
WEEK 14 AT NEBRASKA
PASSING
YDSTDINTCMP%QBR
1840355.650.5
 
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
-201-1.2
2009 SEASON
PASSING
YDSTDINTCMP%QBR
3521271270.673.7
 
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
34832.7
The Tigers didn't win the ACC championship, but you can't fault Spiller's efforts. He had 20 carries for 233 yards and four touchdowns in Clemson's loss to Georgia Tech.
WEEK 14 VS. GEORGIA TECH
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
233411.6
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
155.00
2009 SEASON
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
1212125.6
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
3650314.04

Recent Heisman Trophy Winners

Year Player School
2008 Sam Bradford Oklahoma
2007 Tim Tebow Florida
2006 Troy Smith Ohio State
2005 Reggie Bush USC
2004 Matt Leinart USC
2003 Jason White Oklahoma
2002 Carson Palmer USC
2001 Eric Crouch Nebraska
2000 Chris Weinke Florida State

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