The Eric Norwood for Heisman Campaign Takes Off

Timmy Edwards-FerrelCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 24:  Linebacker Eric Norwood #40 of the South Carolina Gamecocks tackles running back Cordera Eason #25 of the Mississippi Rebels during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 24, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Following Eric Norwood's amazing game against Ole Miss last Thursday he has begun to receive some Heisman Hype.

On's Heisman leaderboard, he is currently No. 6, and could pass No. 5 Javhid Best by the end of the day.

Most of Norwood's success on the leaderboard is due to his success on the field, but he has gotten a huge boost from a grassroots campaign among South Carolina students and fans.

As recently as four days ago, Norwood was not even listed on the Heisman ballot on ESPN. Now, thanks to a Facebook group and other campaigns online to write his name in, he has jumped several high profile names—most recently Jimmy Clausen—and is now listed on the ballot.

Everyone out there needs to vote for No. 40 as much as possible, which is every single day. Voting runs through Dec. 4 at noon, so start voting now. The winner of this vote gets one official vote for the Heisman.

While Eric will probably not win the Heisman because of the bias against defensive players, it would be nice to at least get him one first-place vote. And who knows, maybe if he keeps stepping up and the fans keep voting, some reporters will notice and may vote for him. In fact, there is a list of the Heisman voters and contact info for some of them here.

Another award that Norwood is up for is the Lott Trophy, which honors the Defensive Impact Player of the Year. The award is given to a player who makes an impact on and off the field, and Norwood certainly does both.

You can also vote for this award here. To vote, you must register at the top, then click on the Vote button underneath the poll, then scroll to Norwood's name (it's a long list). Right now, Eric is in the lead with 73 percent of the vote. The next closest vote-getter has 17 percent of the vote.

Clearly Eric Norwood is having a season to remember, and it would be great to see him honored at the end of the year.