Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn — 33 (11)
2. (tie) Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 14 (2)
2. (tie) LaMichael James, RB, Oregon — 14
4. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 13
5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State — 3
6. Andrew Dalton, QB, TCU — 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.
While Newton is the sure winner, things are not so clear when it comes to who will finish as the runner up. James, Moore and a surging Luck are all vying for that second slot. James and Moore each have one more game to state their case, while Luck has finished his season. I believe that if James doesn’t play well against the Beavers, it could open the door for Luck to be the fourth finalist in New York.
Heisman Game of the Week
Oregon at Oregon State — This is LaMichael James’ last chance to impress Heisman voters. He’ll have the benefit of ESPN Game Day descending upon Corvallis and the Ducks will be going for a BCS title bid, so many eyes will be on this game. At this point, there is very little James can do–short of a 350-yard-plus explosion–to overtake Newton’s candidacy, but he can secure his spot as the highest-placing Duck in Heisman history.
Player to Watch
Kellen Moore — What he does against Utah State won’t have a whole lot of bearing on the Heisman race, but I’m curious to see how Moore and the Broncos bounce back from that devastating loss to Nevada last weekend. If Moore can finish strong, he still has a chance to be the Heisman runner up–no small feat for a quarterback from Boise State.
This Week in Heisman History
Reggie Bush rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns on just 24 carries to lead USC over UCLA, 66-19, in 2005. Bush would later go on to win the Heisman with the largest percentage of first-place votes in history, beating out Vince Young of Texas and teammate Matt Leinart. But it was all for naught, as the trophy was later vacated.