The 2010 Preseason Heisman Poll

Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)

1. Mark Ingram, Jr., RB, Alabama — 26 (6) 
2. Terrelle Pryor, Jr., QB, Ohio State — 18 (2) 
3. Kellen Moore, Jr., QB, Boise State — 12 (2) 
4. Jacquizz Rodgers, Jr., RB, Oregon St. — 6 (2) 
5. Case Keenum, Sr., QB, Houston — 4 (1) 
     Ryan Mallett, Jr., QB, Arkansas — 4 
7. Ryan Williams, So., RB, Virginia Tech — 3 
8. Dion Lewis, So., RB, Pittsburgh — 2 
9. Jake Locker, Sr., QB, Washington — 1 
     John Clay, Jr., RB, Wisconsin — 1 
     Michael Floyd, Sr., WR, Notre Dame — 1

About the poll
The Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis, with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.  The two years the Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote in 2008 and the top four in 2009.

Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.

Chris Huston, owner of, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

HP’s Thoughts
A relatively weak preseason field means incumbent Mark Ingram holds a solid lead over No. 2 Terrelle Pryor.  The surprising strength of Kellen Moore in this poll puts him in early striking distance of the top if he can lead his team to a win over Virginia Tech next Monday.  With only two seniors on this list, some of these guys could be in the Heisman conversation for the next two or three seasons.
From a Voter
“Voters can’t retract their 2005 Reggie Bush ballots, but at least they can vote for the second coming of Vince Young. Pryor’s remarkable mobility will overshadow a suspect arm, especially if the Buckeyes roll to the title game.  Meanwhile, Mark Ingram has the best chance to repeat as Heisman winner since Sam Bradf…, er, I mean Tim Tebow. Ingram’s biggest problem may not be the target on his back or Bama’s brutal schedule, but the back who is going to siphon his carries, Trent Richardson.” — J.B. Morris, ESPN The Magazine.

Heisman Game of the Week
No. 3 Boise State vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech — This game features Heisman hopefuls Kellen Moore and Ryan Williams in the most high profile matchup of the opening week.  Whoever shines in this Monday night showdown could emerge as the early favorite.

Player to Watch
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State — Pryor’s name recognition and unique skill set, combined with his status as the quarterback for a top five team, gives him an advantage over most of the other candidates in this race.  Now, can he finally fulfill his ample potential?

This Week in Heisman History
Miami’s Vinnie Testaverde went just 12 of 25 for 163 yards and threw three interceptions, but the Hurricanes snapped Florida’s 21-game home winning streak, 23-15, to kick off what was to be an undefeated regular season. Testaverde would go on to win the Heisman Trophy.

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13 Responses to The 2010 Preseason Heisman Poll

  1. Derrich August 30, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    I think voters have inflated expectations for Terrelle Pryor (not to mention Ohio State). I can agree he’d be on the ‘watch’ list, but not the No. 2 candidate.

    And what about Christian Ponder? Is he excluded from the list because his team isn’t expected to be successful? The guy threw for over 2,700 yards in 2009 while missing 3 games (4 if you count the Bowl game). He was on pace to throw for over 3,500 yards.

  2. Micahel August 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    so a senior QB with 10,000 yards and 100 TD’s (39 of them rushing) who has twice passed for 2,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards (the only QB in NCAA history to do so) doesn’t make the list?

  3. Leland August 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Terrelle Pryor is the THIRD coming of Vince Young. Troy Smith won the “Vince Young Apology Heisman” in 2006.

  4. Pat August 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Not a single vote for Noel Devine!!! That’s sheer madness!

  5. AUman76 August 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    whatca expect from that list of so called professional writers? Other than the joke from the Orlando Sentinel how many are from the SOUTH were the best college football resides? But even he is disqualified because of the rag he works for. Like most of todays writers, all of those voters try to create news not report it cause they want a gig on ESPN. Move over Jay Merriotti one of these jokers want your job on around the horn. Funny how so many people become experts on something they’ve never actually done or if they have they didn’t do it well.

  6. AUman76 August 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Let any of the top SEC teams play the schedule of Boise State and see what kinda stats their QB or RB’s put up? Also, see how many would go undefeated against that powed puff schedule. Hell…any team can muster enough emotion to eeek out a win against abetter team once a year but try doin it 6 or 8 times a season like in the SEC. Same can be said for individuals vying for your trophy. Easy to put up great numbers against several glorified HS defenses. My,my I am in a grumpy mood tonight…huh, HP? (lil grin fer ya HP)

  7. Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    LOL. Two clowns voted Jacquizz Rodgers #1 when he didn’t even place on any other ballot! HP couldn’t be more transparent, but who was the other Pac 10 homer?

  8. starkweather August 31, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    AUman76, an SEC guy is the leader, what more do you want?

  9. AUman76 August 31, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    They have the wrong guy again this year. Ingram is a slightly above average RB on a glamour team. lil nicky has man love for Ingram and pushed him behind the sceen. Richardson is the best pure back in the SEC and now that MI is hurt everyone will see what I already know. As I posted elsewhere being and AUman I do know a thing or two about great RB’s! But only time will tell, huh?

  10. Zane Johnson October 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    What is it going to take for your website and associated staff to take notice of Cameron Newton? Argubably the best quarterback in college football if we look at the amount of games played and the impact he has had on his team and the stats he has put up. Although technically he is a Junior.. he is actually a freshman playing… and he needs credit for that while he is being compared to others in his position who have more starts with less of an impact that early and the same numbers in more time…


    • Heismanpundit October 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

      I have him in my heisman watch. this poll is of other voters.


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