Spiller figures prominently in Heisman lists

November 20, 2009 

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Clemson running back No. 28 C.J. Spiller gets free from N.C. State sophomore linebacker No. 41 Dwayne Maddox during the first quarter as Clemson defeats N.C. State 43-23 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

RICH GLICKSTEIN/RGLICKSTEIN@THESTATE.COM

CLEMSON - Clemson running back C.J. Spiller is listed among the top five candidates for the Heisman Trophy in eight published polls this week.

He is ranked as high as first in the Nissan Fan poll, a national vote of fans. He has 80,000 votes, 10,000 more than any other candidate (as of Thursday morning).

Spiller is ranked second by southernpigskin.com, third by the ESPN Experts poll, third by SI.com, fourth by Heismanpundit.com and fifth by USA Today, CBS Sportsline and the ESPN statistical predictor. The latter is a computer formula based on individual statistics and team record.

Spiller and Alabama running back Mark Ingram are the only players in the top five of all eight polls.

The senior running back ranks third in the nation in all-purpose running with 195 yards per game. He needs 103 yards against Virginia on Saturday to break the ACC record for all-purpose yards in a single season. The existing record is 2,054 by Thomas Jones of Virginia in 1999.

Spiller also needs 140 all-purpose yards to become the fifth player in FBS history to reach 7,000 for his career. The native of Lake Butler, Fla., has scored 14 touchdowns this season, including at least one in every game. He is one of two players nationally to score at least one touchdown in every game this year.

USA Today

1. Tim Tebow, Florida

2. Mark Ingram, Alabama

3. Colt McKoy, Texas

4. Case Keenum, Houston

5. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

ESPN Experts Poll

1. Mark Ingram, Alabama

2. Toby Gerhart, Stanford

3. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

4. Tim Tebow, Florida

5. Colt McCoy, Texas

Nissan Fan Poll

1. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

2. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

3. Mark Ingram, Alabama

4. Tim Tebow, Florida

5. Colt McCoy, Texas

CBSSportsline.com

1. Mark Ingram, Alabama

2. Toby Gerhart, Stanford

3. Kellen Moore, Boise State

4. Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh

5. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

SI.com

1. Mark Ingram, Alabama

2. Toby Gerhart, Stanford

3. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

4. Nadamukong Suh, Nebraska

5. Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh

Heismanpundit.com

1. Mark Ingram, Alabama

2. Colt McCoy, Texas

3. Toby Gerhart, Stanford

4. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

5. Tim Tebow, Florida

ESPN Predictor Formula

1. Tim Tebow, Florida

2. Mark Ingram, Alabama

3. Colt McCoy, Texas

4. Toby Gerhart, Stanford

5. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

Southernpigskin.com

1. Mark Ingram, Alabama

2. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

3. Toby Gerhart, Stanford

4. Tim Tebow, Florida

5. Colt McCoy, Texas

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