The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, Week One

The latest edition of the 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 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, 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
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.

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9 Responses to The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, Week One

  1. Derrich September 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Auburn QB Cam Newton has to be a blip on the radar after that show he put on last weekend.

  2. Daniel September 7, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Trent Richardson got a vote?! He wasn’t even the best RB on his team on Saturday. He is currently 16th in the SEC in rushing.
    DJ Harper from Boise State ran for more yards in one carry against a good Virginia Tech defense, than Richardson ran for all day against San Jose State.
    Could whoever gave him a vote please justify it? Did they watch any games?! Are you voting on future performance? Can you give him the Jim Kleinpeter treatment and take away his vote?
    I thought the Heisman was supposed to be decided by performances on the field in that year. I bet they were still giving Sam Bradford votes halfway through last season.

  3. AUman76 September 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Matt who got a vote? OMG! The entire football IQ of the panel amounts to ZERO credit. Once apon a time a few writers actually knew of which they wrote but not anymore. Just a bunch of self serving assholes vying for the opening on around the horn. Oh well, that’s today’s less is more society.

  4. ADP September 8, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    Are you guy’s serious? Really? You guys are talking smack about this list? About the only thing I have beef with is Case Keenum being tied for sixth, Trent Richardson getting a vote, and Cam Newton not getting ‘honorable mention.’ Other than that, you guys do realize it’s week 1, right?

  5. Kravis September 8, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    So who is your pick for the September Heisman?

  6. Daniel September 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    I was serious about Trent Richardson. I know it’s only week one, but if you’re going to publish the poll at all, why half-ass the voting?
    If you get to vote on this poll, at least watch the games and make up your mind as to who performed the best. If you can’t be bothered to do that, don’t vote.

  7. AUman76 September 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Daniel, you are correct. Richardson is bammer’s best back but they didn’t need him and wanted to see Lacy in live action. The last thing they needed was TR goin down with Ingram already hurt. He’s gonna be out longer that lil nicky will admit. Truth is most so called sports writers of today know very little about the sports they write about. They are college journalism school grads and think they are more important that the stories the write about. Then if all else fails they make somethin out of nuthin. All they wanna is to be the next print media guy makin big bucks on some ESPN gig. The reason they can’t see what really happens is because they can’t keep their heads outta their asses long enough to see the light! Ouch..the truth do hurt huh? Yep…I’m a sarcastic ol’fart. lol


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