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Heupel's island -- barely

Updated: Saturday December 09, 2000 5:13 PM


All season long, fans had little problem deciding whom to vote off Heisman Island each week, usually picking one obvious exile by an overwhelming margin.

But when it came down to the final two, everyone was stumped, including us at

After waiting unsuccessfully all week for a break in the 50-50 split between Oklahoma's Josh Heupel and Florida State's Chris Weinke, we finally closed the ballot box at 30,000 votes, just hours before the actual Heisman presentation. The final result: Heupel 15,115, Weinke 14,885.

Look below to take a look back at how the season on Heisman Island played out, and thanks for your participation.

The winner

Player      Stats      Bio 

3,392 yards, 64.7 percent, 20 TDs, 14 INTs   The senior transferred to Oklahoma from Snow Junior College before last season and earned Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, completing 62 percent of his passes for 3,460 yards and 30 touchdowns.  
Player   Voted off  Bio 

Week 1   Perhaps the nation's top pass rusher, he set a Florida record last year with 13 sacks, including five against Tennessee. He also forced a fumble and picked off a pass against the Vols. 

Week 2  A soon-to-be 23-year-old junior, he has passed for 4,406 yards and 26 TDs in two years as a starter at Georgia. Included in his 585 career rushing yards is a 114-yard game against Kentucky in 1998.  

Week 3  One of the nation's best all-around players, he can play anything from quarterback to kick returner, but is mainly a receiver at Alabama . He was named MVP of the '99 SEC championship game against Florida after rushing six times for 116 yards.  

Week 4  He's only 5-foot-10, but may be the most exciting receiver around. He caught nine passes for 180 yards against Florida State in 1999, and needs 626 yards to pass Michael Irvin for the career receiving mark at Miami.  

Week 5   Washington's versatile quarterback made his mark against Stanford last year, when he rushed for 207 yards and threw for 302 to make NCAA history. For the season, he totaled 541 yards on the ground and 2,221 yards through the air.  

Week 6   Senior was the nation's top rusher over the last six weeks of 1999, racking up 1,101 yards (183.5 per game) in that period. He enters the season with 3,227 career yards, only 91 short of Maryland's school record.  

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Week 7 Another all-around threat, he rushed for 788 yards and 13 TDs, then threw for 2,277 yards and 17 TDs last year at Indiana . Became the first sophomore in Big Ten history to reach 5,000 career total yards.  

Week 8   Stormed onto the national scene as a freshman, leading Virginia Tech to the Sugar Bowl with his 585 yards on the ground and 1,840 yards through the air. He led the nation in passing efficiency with a 180.37 rating. 

Week 9   A late arrival on the Island, Dantzler split time as a starter last season before taking over the reins of Clemson's high-tech offense full time this season. Set an ACC record for rushing yards for a quarterback with 220 against Virginia. 

Week 10   He led the nation in rushing at TCU with 1,850 yards in 1999, including his NCAA record-setting 406 yards on 43 carries (with six TDs) against UTEP. He also ran for 300 yards in a game against San Jose State in '99.  

Week 11
Named co-offensive player of the year in the Big 12 last fall, he directs Nebraska's attack on the ground and in the air. Totaled 889 yards and 16 TDs running the ball in 1999, while throwing for 1,269 yards.  

Week 12
An old-school bruiser, the Michigan running back carried the ball 301 times for 1,297 yards last season but also caught 33 passes. His 36 career rushing touchdowns rank second in school history behind Tyrone Wheatley.  

Week 13
Charles Woodson's heir apparent will appear all over the field for Michigan this year, playing receiver and cornerback. He caught 61 balls for 888 yards last season, and had three touchdowns against Alabama in the Orange Bowl.  

Week 14
The steady senior is closing in on all of Purdue's career passing marks, and he already holds one with a 61.5 completion percentage in his three years. Has thrown for more than 500 yards in a game twice.  

Week 15
The ultimate veteran led Florida State to a national title last year by completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 3,103 yards and 25 TDs. His leadership of a young receiving corps could determine whether or not the Seminoles repeat.  

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