Mr. Robinson on top once more…
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan – 31 (10)
2. (tie) Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State – 18 (3)
2. (tie) Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State – 18
4. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas – 7
5. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon – 2
6. (tie) Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska – 1
6. (tie) Mark Ingram, 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.
The race continues to revolve around Robinson, Pryor and Moore, though Mallett is closing fast and could break up that trio with a win over Alabama on Saturday. Given Michigan’s schedule the next few weeks, it’s likely that Robinson will remain the front runner as we hit the season’s mid-way point. Not much else going on down the ballot, though it is interesting to see a freshman (Martinez) get in the mix.
From a Voter
“There’s no question Robinson has been the most dominant player in the country through three games. Moore delivered a huge game-winning drive against Va Tech and put up huge numbers again last week at Wyoming. Pryor is really clicking right now and I don’t think he got enough credit for the performance against Miami. There’s a lot of other guys worthy of consideration, too, but those are my three for this week.” — Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 1 Alabama at No. 8 Arkansas — Ryan Mallett passed the pop quiz last week against Georgia and now must ace this major test against Alabama if he wants to challenge for the Heisman. Beat the Tide and he’s probably on his way to New York. An added element of intrigue to this contest is the reemergence of Mark Ingram. The defending Heisman winner won’t win again, but he can still be a factor in the race, especially if he has a big game here.
Player to Watch
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska — Nebraska hasn’t had an offensive player on the Heisman radar since 2001, when quarterback Eric Crouch won the trophy. While mention of Martinez may be premature at this point–after all, he is a freshman–there’s no doubt that he has playe a big part in making the Cornhuskers a national title contender. If he keeps it up, we may be talking about him for quite a while here on HP.
This Week in Heisman History
Rashaan Salaam rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries to lead Colorado to a win over Michigan in 1994. Wait, is that all that happened? Uh, no. That was also the game where Kordell Stewart lofted a 65-yard touchdown pass to Michael Westbrook with no time left to give Colorado to a 27-26 victory for the ages. Salaam would go on to win the Heisman after rushing for 2,055 yards.