The latest edition of the Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll is in and we have a new leader:
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–31 (8)
2. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State–26 (3)
3T. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan–4 (1)
Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State–4
5. Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State–3 (1)
6T. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–2
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkanas–2
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford–2
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon–2
10T. Matt Barkley, QB, USC–1
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama–1
About the poll
The HeismanPundit.com 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 last 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 Rivals.com, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, 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 Heismanpundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.
Right now, it’s Kellen Moore and Terrelle Pryor duking it out for the Heisman. You couldn’t find two more radically different types of quarterbacks. Moore is undersized and epitomizes his Boise team’s insurgent run at the BCS establishment, while Pryor is the superior athlete symbolic of the traditional power that is Ohio State. A host of possible contenders are jockeying for position, but it’s too early to tell if most of them can stick with the two front runners.
From a Voter
“That was one of the most memorable opening-day performances in college football history. In one week, Kellen Moore has become the clear Heisman favorite. He is the little quarterback for the little team that could.” — Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Miami — It’s Terrelle Pryor’s chance to match Moore’s heroics in an equally high-profile setting between two top 12 teams. Play well in a win here and Pryor could be the new poll leader next week.
Player to Watch
Denard Robinson, Michigan — Robinson’s first start went about as well as anyone could’ve imagined as he rushed for 197 and threw for 186 in a convincing win over Connecticut. He’s got a chance to show it was no fluke this week against Notre Dame. If he puts up numbers like this against the Irish, he’ll be a legit candidate.
This Week in Heisman History
Ty Detmer completed 38 of 54 for 406 yards and three touchdowns as BYU shocked No. 1 Miami, 28-21, in Provo in 1990. Detmer would go on to set several NCAA passing records and win that year’s Heisman Trophy, with the key to his victory being that early-season win over Miami.