Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn — 33 (11)
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon — 19 (1)
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 16 (1)
4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 4
5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State — 3
6. Andy Dalton, QB, TCU — 2
7. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State — 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.
Newton’s lost a couple points in this week’s poll, but it wasn’t enough to dislodge him from the top spot. Barring any further revelations regarding the allegations surrounding his recruitment, he looks like a sure bet to win the Heisman. However, we might see a much closer vote than we otherwise would have as a result of the controversy. There are still three players slated for New York, but if Newton is somehow disqualified, we could see as many as five players make it there.
Heisman Game of the Week
Ohio State at Iowa — It’s been a long time since we’ve paid close attention to Terrelle Pryor who was, after all, one of the preseason favorites to win the 2010 Heisman. He’s quietly put together a very good season, but he’s been hurt by a perception that he could be doing more. Like, Cameron Newton-type more. No matter…his Buckeyes have a chance to finish 11-1 and make it to a BCS bowl anyway, but they must first make it past Iowa.
Player to Watch
Andy Dalton, TCU— He gets overshadowed by his fellow non-AQ quarterback Moore, but Dalton is one of the great winners in college football history. He has 40 wins as a starter and has led the Horned Frogs into BCS title contention. He’s been the common denominator as TCU has gone from non-BCS conference curiosity to national power. The accolades are starting to roll in now, as he’s put together another strong season. That should mean the best finish in the Heisman race for a Horned Frog since Ladainian Tomlinson took fourth in 2000.
This Week in Heisman History
Rashaan Salaam entered Colorado’s final game with Iowa State in1994 needing 204 yards to become only the fourth player to top 2,000 rushing yards in a season. He ended up with 259 yards, including a 67 -yard touchdown run, bringing his total to 2,055. That was enough to earn him the 1994 Heisman Trophy, as he beat out Ki-Jana Carter and Steve McNair. Following the game, Buff coach Bill McCartney announced his retirement.