Andrew Luck Tops’s 2011 Preseason Heisman Poll

Stanford junior quarterback Andrew Luck is the runaway leader in‘s 2011 Preseason Heisman Poll released on Tuesday (Aug. 30).

Luck, the runner up in last year’s Heisman vote, captured 10 if 13 first-place votes from the panel of Heisman voters.  He totaled 34 points, well ahead of Oklahoma junior quarterback Landry Jones (3 first-place votes, 15 points).

“Luck enters the season as one of the heaviest odds favorites in recent memory,” said one voter.

Several voters on the panel saw Jones as Luck’s main competitor.

“The longer the Sooners hold on to their No. 1 ranking, the closer Jones will get to overtaking Luck,” said another voter.

Oregon junior running back LaMichael James was third (10 points), while Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore was fourth (6 points).  James and Moore finished third and fourth, respectively, in last year’s Heisman vote.

Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon, Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson and South Carolina sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore were tied for fifth with 3 points each.

Michigan junior quarterback Denard Robinson was eighth (2 points), while Nebraska sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez and Oregon junior cornerback Cliff Harris tied for ninth with 1 point each.

Now in its sixth season, 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 three years the final Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate Heisman poll in the country.

The 2011 Preseason Poll, 8-30-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 34 (10)

2. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma — 15 (3)

3. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon — 10

4. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 6

5T. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State — 3

5T. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — 3

5T. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina — 3

8. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan — 2

9T. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska — 1

9T. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon — 1

About the Voting Panel
The 13 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 MurphyB.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.  Chris Huston, publisher of, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

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12 Responses to Andrew Luck Tops’s 2011 Preseason Heisman Poll

  1. chuck August 30, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Teddy Greenstein doesn’t know squat about college football. Severly disappointed that he is hooked up with this website.

  2. starkweather August 30, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    I like Michael Dyer as a dark horse and I’m completely in the bag for Trent Richardson as my pick. The Richardson thing is really a homerific thing for me, though, since he’s from Pensacola, FL. I’ve got Ronnie Hillman as my west coast sleeper. Landry Jones and Andrew Luck are the default leaders but I’m looking to go against the grain a bit. Maybe Russell Wilson can set some Midwest hearts aflutter this year? Manti Teo maybe as the defensive star/Midwest candidate/Notre Dame player? That’s a good combination for some publicity if not an honest chance at winning

  3. OUtraged August 30, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    As an OU homer, I demand to know why Jones doesn’t get more credit from this site. A likable QB on a consensus #1, going to put up monster stats in the Oklahoma system, he is designed to win the Heisman. He basically follows every Heismanment.

    • SmartGuy34 August 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

      Because the 2010 Heisman runner up is back for another year and is by far the best player in college football. That’s why. I demand that you get your head out of your ass.

    • starkweather August 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

      He’s #2 and got 3 first place votes. How much credit would you like him to receive?

  4. Jason Salas August 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Ivan & Gene on the ESPN College Football Podcast had a great debate, with the former siding with fellow Cardinal Luck and the latter with Jones. both agreed that the Oklahoma QB will have much better numbers than Luck, but preseason momentum might weigh heavily.

  5. Kassandra August 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Luck will be the first pick in next year’s nfl draft. Jones will not. any player who puts himself in that position, and who is considered the best player in college football has to be the favorite to win the heisman. further to that, there’s no real indication Jones will have the better numbers.

  6. Chad August 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    1. Landry Jones- If OU stays #1 all season, it’s his to lose.
    2. Trent Richardson- Has several bigtime games to showcase his talent; plays in the SEC for a NC contender in Bama
    3. Andrew Luck- will be the #1 NFL pick…but Stanford won’t be in the NC race and he’ll be out of it by Nov
    4. Lamichael James- will have tons of highlights, but Oregon has only two big games…and must win both
    5. EJ Manuel- darkhorse…if FSU beats OU, Manuel will leap onto everyone’s top 5 list while Jones drops.

  7. Kro September 4, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Cliff Harris, seriously. I’m not even going to mention the fact that he’s being suspended. Cliff Harris gets too much credit for what the Oregon defense does as a whole. And besides, what does Heismanpundit always say about defensive players? You can only get nominated if you’re an all-purpose Charles Woodson/Patrick Peterson type.

  8. Kro September 4, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Also, Geno Smith and Case Keenum should be given at least some consideration.

  9. AUman76 September 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    The west coast is all hype and no defense so it’s easy to put up big numbers. Oregon and James are suppose to be the class pf the west coast and how has it worked out for both of em their last two games?
    My Tigers looked like crap against Utah State but by years end they will be as good as the Auburn D the Quakers saw in the BCS BOWL. Luck has NFL talent but who has he played against? Pac1 defenses don’t count!
    Chuck, Bianchi is even a worse choice to be on any panel. Might as well add thayer evans to the show and call em the three stooges.


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