Kellen Moore of Boise State and Robert Griffin III of Baylor used outstanding opening-week performances against high profile opponents to move into the top three of the Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll released on Wednesday (Sept. 7).
Andrew Luck of Stanford once again topped the poll (31 points, 9 first-place votes), but Moore (19 points, 1 first-place vote) and Griffin III (14 points, 2 first-place votes) cut substantially into his preseason lead.
“Griffin and Moore were the top two performers of the opening weekend,” said one voter. “They showed they have the ability to challenge Luck as the season goes on.”
Landry Jones of Oklahoma came in fourth in the poll (9 points, 1 first-place vote), while Case Keenum of Houston and Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State (2 points each) tied for fifth.
Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson made his first appearance in the poll, placing seventh.
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 Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll, 9-7-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 31 (9)
2. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 19 (1)
3. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor — 14 (2)
4. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma — 9 (1)
5T. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State — 2
5T. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 2
7. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin — 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 CBSSports.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.