Yet another new leader in the Heismanpundit Heisman Poll this week…to no one’s surprise
note: poll corrected from earlier version due to late vote
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan–31 (10)
2. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State–19 (3)
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–18
4. (tie) Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas–2
4. (tie) Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama–2
4. (tie) Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State–2
4. (tie) Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State–2
8. (tie) Case Keenum, QB, Houston–1
8. (tie) LaMichael James, RB, Oregon–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.
Big Ten quarterbacks dominate the Heisman race right now. Denard Robinson has been the most impressive by far, but Terrell Pryor has been hanging around as a solid second-place guy for each of the first three polls. These two, with Kellen Moore, are far-and-away the leaders in the race, with the rest of the pack far back and shifting week to week. I think there won’t be any traction below the top three for a couple more weeks.
From a Voter
“Robinson had a record-breaking day Saturday against Notre Dame and he might be even better in the next two weeks against UMass and Bowling Green. The question is this: Is he going to have to get a haircut to win over old-school Heisman voters?” — Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia — If Ryan Mallett is to make a serious run at the Heisman, it begins this week with a showdown at Georgia. A good game in a win here sets the plate for the following week against No. 1 Alabama.
Player to Watch
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina — It’s not often that a true freshman gets mentioned in the Heisman conversation, but some hype is starting to build around the South Carolina running back. And for good reason: He rushed 37 times for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns against Georgia last weekend in an awesome display of power running. If he keeps it up, he might start to get some love from this panel.
This Week in Heisman History
George Rogers rushed for 141 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 34 yard touchdown run, but it was not enough as South Carolina fell to USC, 23-13, in a 1980 battle of future Heisman winners. Rogers, of course, would win the Heisman in 1980, but USC’s Marcus Allen, who rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, would win the following season.