Last night the five finalists for the 2009 Heisman Trophy award were announced. They are: Toby Gerhart (Stanford running back), Mark Ingram (Alabama running back), Colt McCoy (Texas quarterback), Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska defensive tackle), and Tim Tebow (Florida quarterback).
For the past two years, I've attended the Heisman press conference in New York City. It was a pleasure to watch Tebow, the first homeschooler ever to be nominated for the award also be the first to win it. On my sidebar, I link to the orphanage that the Tebow family started in the Philippines - Uncle Dick's Home.
McCoy, who was also nominated last year, has also done humanitarian work abroad.
Ingram is from Flint, Michigan, and is the son of a former NFL player, and the odds-on favorite.
Suh has an exotic ethnic background. His mother is from Jamaica, and his dad is from Cameroon. He is also believed, by some, to be the best pro prospect.
Gerhart, in keeping with the scholastic powerhouse he attends, has the hardest major of the five: management, science, and engineering.
Congratulations to the fab five!
Update: The esteemed Heisman Pundit explains why he voted for Gerhart.
Update: Ingram becomes part of college football's most exclusive club.