Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan – 39 (13)
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon –17
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State – 15
4. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State – 6
5. 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.
Robinson proved once again that his brilliant play is no fluke and the voters rewarded him with a unanimous selection as this week’s Heisman leader. It’s his fourth-straight week atop this poll and he accumulated the highest possible point total. LaMichael James takes up the mantle of lead running back challenger and he’ll probably stay in that role for a while, while Kellen Moore and Terrelle Pryor bide their time in preparation for late-season comebacks. Cameron Newton remains a viable dark horse, but he’d have to lead Auburn over Alabama at season’s end to have a chance.
From a Voter
“The top two spots on my ballot are pretty solid. Robinson is the most exciting college football player since Reggie Bush, and his numbers are off the charts. James has been the nation’s best running back on the nation’s top offense on arguably the nation’s best team. My third spot is wide open. Pryor gets it for now, but I also still like Kellen Moore, Mark Ingram, Patrick Peterson, Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett.” — Tom Dienhart, Rivals.com.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 17 Michigan State at No. 18 Michigan — Denard Robinson takes a step up in competition this week and his output here will tell us a lot about his capabilities for the rest of the season. The Spartans have a top 20 rushing defense, so they could provide a future blueprint on how to stop the Michigan quarterback. The winner of this game moves to 6-0 and has an outside shot at running the table.
Player to Watch
Cameron Newton — If not for Robinson blowing everyone out of the water with his numbers, we might all be talking a bit more about Newton’s exploits. He’s a rare specimen who is on pace for a 2,000 passing/1,000 rushing season and currently stands second nationally in passing efficiency. If he hadn’t bungled his way out of Gainesville, he’d be making Gator fans forget about Tim Tebow.
This Week in Heisman History
Alan ‘The Horse’ Ameche rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, including 70 yards on the Badgers’ opening possession, to lead Wisconsin to a 13-7 win over defending Southwest Conference champ Rice in a nationally televised thriller on Oct. 9, 1954. The Owls repelled the Badger attack with two goal line stands and led, 7-6, before Ameche scored what proved to be the winning touchdown late in the third quarter. He would go on to win the 1954 Heisman Trophy, beating out center Kurt Burris of Oklahoma and halfback Howard Cassady of Ohio State.