With about three weeks left in the regular season, the race for the Heisman Trophy is as wide open as I've seen it in years. There are at least five players with a legitimate claim to the hardware. As a Heisman voter, my ballot has changed almost weekly. As soon as one frontrunner emerges, he falls back to the pack the following week.
Our ballots aren't due until early December, but as of right now, my pick would be Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon. He's a smaller version of Vince Young, but is the same dual threat as a runner and passer. Dixon is the reason Oregon is ranked third in the nation and has a shot at the national title. Second on my ballot is Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. I've been on his bandwagon since the start of the year. To me, he's the best player in college football. And even though his team has three losses, he deserves to be in the running. If you saw his 300-yard performance last week you know what I mean. Third on my preliminary ballot is Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. All he's done is account for nearly 80 percent of his team's offense. If he's not the best player in the country he could be the most valuable.
The Heisman race is a fluid situation, so my picks are subject to change.
I usually include a defensive player and there are some deserving candidates, headed by LSU's stud defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. But let's be honest, the Heisman Trophy is an offensive award. Cornerback Charles Woodson won in 1997, but only because he also made big plays as a wide receiver.