The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, Week 4

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan – 34 (9)

2. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State – 20 (3)

3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State – 18 (1)

4. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama – 4

5. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – 2

6. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn – 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.

HP’s Thoughts
Robinson’s durability takes center stage now after he missed most of the game against Bowling Green.  Can he stay healthy while handling the ball so much?  If he holds up, the race is probably his to lose.  The top three will likely remain static for a while as Robinson, Pryor and Moore don’t have any big games coming up.   That should give some of the other candidates down the ballot a chance to steal the spotlight.  And it’s a chance for voters to shop around a bit, too.

From a Voter
“I could put three different guys (LaMichael James, Kellen Moore and Patrick Peterson) in the top three and feel good about it. But I had Robinson and Pryor at the top after the first week and they’ve done nothing to warrant changing that. Ingram has been great in his two games and was a major factor for Alabama in a big game against Arkansas. He always plays well in big games.— Olin Buchanon, Rival.com.

Heisman Game of the Week
No. 9 Stanford at No. 5 Oregon
 — If there is going to be a legitimate Heisman candidate from the Pac-10 this year, that player will probably emerge from this game.  Both Andrew Luck and LaMichael James are hanging around the periphery of the race and both will have a shot at impressing–or turning off–a lot of Heisman voters. 

Player to Watch
Andrew Luck, Stanford — The Cardinal have a great quarterback tradition and Luck appears to be the latest in that line.  However, his combination of size, athleticism and bulldog-like toughness is more reminiscent of a Michigan quarterback–his own coach, Jim Harbaugh.  If Luck can lead Stanford to a Pac-10 title, he’s got a chance to become the second-straight Cardinal player to make it to New York.

This Week in Heisman History
Earl Campbell rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries as Texas walloped Rice, 72-15, in 1977.  The Longhorns rolled up 617 yards and kicker Russell Erxleben kicked a record 67-yard field goal.  Campbell would go on to win the Heisman Trophy that year, beating out Terry Miller of Oklahoma State and Ken MacAfee of Notre Dame.

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