Stanford junior quarterback Andrew Luck is the runaway leader in Heismanpundit.com‘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 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 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 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, publisher of Heismanpundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.