The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, Week 3

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 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
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.

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11 Responses to The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, Week 3

  1. Grant September 21, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    “Taylor Martinez, Nebraska — Nebraska hasn’t had a player on the Heisman radar since 2001, when quarterback Eric Crouch won the trophy.”

    Suh was in New York last year

  2. Glen September 21, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Oh, I see, Ingram won’t win, even though he looked like Barry Sanders with a little extra muscle last week. Nice to know that somebody has the future well scoped out.

  3. Heismanpundit September 21, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    HP–good catch Grant! Was thinking offensive players. Brain cramp on my part.

  4. Heismanpundit September 21, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Glen, You just need to accept that Ingram won’t win the Heisman this year. And, yes, he did look very good against Duke, but let’s hold off on the Barry Sanders comparisons for now. Emmitt Smith? Definitely more apt.

  5. Glen September 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Emmitt Smith is the conventional wisdom comparison, and it’s good. Barry Sanders is a little overboard based on nine carries against Duke, but it’s the first time the comparison has come to mind. Even with just nine carries, I’m pretty clear he has something new this year and pretty significant.

    But no, I haven’t accepted these future facts as being currently true. I’m funny about that.

  6. HP September 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I guess it’s scientifically possible that the Democrats could gain seats in Congres this year, but I don’t think you would bet on it, would you? Hell, I bet you wouldn’t even mention it as a possibility, given its remoteness.

    This is the same situation with Ingram and it’s just silly to think he has a shot. You have to look at the reality of the situation.

    As for the comparisons, Ingram is really nothing like Sanders, who had much better lateral movement and made far more people miss, and even had more breakaway speed (though not great speed). Ingram is mostly a north-south guy, always moving forward and very strong in the legs, giving him great balance. The best reason he compares to Emmitt is that both succeed despite lacking breakaway ability. Both are methodical rather than dynamic.

  7. Glen September 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    I’m really not seeing the silly. He’s 6th in your poll after only playing one game, and he looked absolutely amazing in that game. As the returning champ, pretty much every writer I know about except one is giving him his props as a serious candidate.

    So what’s silly about it? He still has a chance to play on national TV against Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Auburn, and perhaps Florida again, before the voting. What other candidate has that many showcase games still on the schedule?

    And by the way, he split carries with TR last year. Based on the way Ingram looked last week, I don’t expect the split to change much: 20/10-ish or something like that is what I would look for in an average week.

    As for Barry Sanders, I don’t expect anyone to agree with me on that. I’m putting it out there now so I can come back and say “I told you so” when other people start saying it by the end of the season.

    I say Barry Sanders precisely because Ingram looked so good in the shaking and baking on Saturday, and I just thought I saw some EFFECTIVE wiggling that I’m not accustomed to having seen from mortal backs. Sure, he’s good at getting north-south before the run ends, and good at going north-south through the line but it’s his side-to-side in the second level that make him better overall than Richardson, who is definitely a better straight-ahead runner. Ingram’s cuts, especially the hop-step, were excellent last year, and look to be clearly improved this year.

    I will reiterate my caveat, that we’ve only seen nine carries against a very bad D, but Ingram was moving his body in ways he didn’t last year, and that doesn’t have much to do with who they’re playing.

  8. Thomas September 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    LaMichael James went for 227 yds on 14 carries on Saturday and said after the game that he thought he played poorly. Granted, that game was against Portland St. but what do you make of that and is he a serious contender this year?

  9. Anonymous September 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    LaStrangle James would be on my all penitentiary team for sure.

  10. Thomas September 22, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    To Anonymous, LaMichael did not strangle anyone. The incident was blown out of proportion due to rumor and speculation reported in the media. Here is a link to the court document which describes the altercation in detail:

  11. Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    Thanks for the hilarious account minimizing multiple acts of physical violence against a woman. I love how LaStrangle’s lawyer has it worded so the strangling is just “grabbing her by the collar.” Even the woman’s efforts to get LaStrangle to stop are used as excuses for why he became more violent.

    LaStrangle throws her against a car and on the ground where she sustained multiple cuts. Here’ my favorite line from LaStrangle’s sleazy attorney:

    “This incident involves complicated and changing legal rights and responsibilities as the incident evolved.”

    LaStrangle’s went to jail and is serving a 2 year probation in exchange for getting his sleazy attorney’s wording of the events in the sentencing document and getting the more serious charges dropped. I don’t think LaStrangle’s life should be over because he assaulted his girlfriend, but that kind of crap should eliminate him as a serious Heisman contender.