Norwood for Heisman Update: Despite ESPN Bias, No. 40 Carries On

Timmy Edwards-FerrelCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Eric Norwood #40 of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Eric Norwood continues to climb the leaderboard of ESPN's Heisman Vote 2009, despite being taken off the ballot.

Norwood is currently in fourth place, and was in third place earlier this week.  Eric Berry from Tennessee was also taken off the ballot, despite being sixth.

While Norwood and Berry are off the ballot, players such as Tony Gerhart from Stanford and Todd Reesing from Kansas are on the ballot.  Reesing has 198 votes; Norwood has 8,416.  This makes so much sense.

ESPN clearly does not want a defensive player to win, so they are taking a page out of the Iranian playbook and removing them from the ballot.

Now to vote for Norwood, you must write him in.  And you can't just write him in anyway; it must say "Eric Norwood, LB, South Carolina" or the vote will not count.

What ESPN is doing here is horrible.  Berry and Norwood are two of the ten best players in the country, while Reesing and Gerhart aren't even among the ten best players at their position.

So ESPN, stop being biased as usual and put Norwood and Berry back on the ballot.  Even your own Andre Ware has Norwood in his Top Five for Heisman, shouldn't he be among the nine players on your ballot?

To vote, go here.  Voting ends December 4 and you can vote everyday until then, so continue to vote everyday and maybe Norwood can pass Tebow for the lead.