FOUR BITS: Heisman, Big Board, Keys, Redshirts

By Adam Silverstein
December 2, 2009

1 » Florida Gators senior quarterback Tim Tebow continues to gain ground in the Scripps Howard Heisman Trophy poll. Accounting for five touchdowns and 311 total yards on Saturday, Tebow now holds the No. 2 spot on the list, earning three first-place votes. Ahead of Tebow is Texas Longhorns QB Colt McCoy (5), while Stanford Cardinal RB Toby Gerhart (2), Houston Cougars QB Case Keenum (0) and Alabama Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram (0) round out the top five. Ingram led the poll the last three weeks. Voting tabulations are made on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with each voter ranking a top five.

2 » Skyrocketing up ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s NFL Draft Big Board all season, junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap has fallen back to earth after his recent DUI arrest. Dunlap dropped 14 spots from No. 3 last week to No. 17 on Wednesday. Also on the list are junior cornerback Joe Haden – a “polished cover corner with tackling ability to match” – who is up to No. 7 after holding down the No. 9 spot last week, and junior tight end Aaron Hernandez brand new to the list at No. 19. Kiper says Hernandez has “great hands and excellent run-after-catch skills for a TE.” Noticeably absent from the board for a second-straight week is senior middle linebacker Brandon Spikes, who last appeared at No. 25 on Nov. 18.

3 » ESPN Insider and Football Outsiders are featuring the five keys to the Florida vs. Alabama game. While OGGOA cannot reprint the article, here is the gist of it. The five keys and teams with the potential advantage for each are as follows: Yards Per Play (Florida – 6.8 vs. 6.0), Sack Rates (Alabama – 3.9% vs. 10.5%), Second Quarter (Push), Turnover Battle (Push), Field Position Advantage (Florida – 14th vs. 25th).

4 » The Orlando Sentinel reports that redshirt senior safety Dorian Munroe will apply for a medical redshirt and expects it to be granted by the NCAA. Junior cornerback Moses Jenkins, sophomore left tackle Matt Patchan and senior transfer WR Carl Moore have all been granted medical redshirts so far in 2009.


  1. Joey Hermann says:

    Tebow for Heisman 2009!!! its all going to depend on his performance in the UF @ GA game and of course McCoy’s game against Nebraska.


  2. Daniel M. says:

    Dorian Munroe gets a redshirt….COOOOL !

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    I could care less about the heisman but find it funny that despite a so-so season for McCoy, the media push to complete their dream trifecta over the last three years is in full swing. Let McCoy have that curse so the SEC can be guaranteed another national championship(can’t say UF even though I really really want to).

    Mel Kiper is an idiot. A DUI wont affect Dunlap’s status. Whatever crappy team that has a top ten pick and is soft on the ends will grab him regardless of this. The phantom word “character” that is thrown around in the NFL is a joke and anyone with common sense knows have these guys have records and still wipe their asses with 100 dollar bills.

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