Robert Griffin III of Baylor moved into second place behind Stanford’s Andrew Luck, while South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore made a strong debut in the latest Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll released on Wednesday (Sept. 14).
Griffin tallied 15 points and 2 first-place votes to move ahead of last week’s runner up, Boise State’s Kellen Moore, now in third. Luck retained his strong lead with 30 points and 9 first-place votes while Moore’s point total dropped from 19 to 13.
Lattimore garnered six points and a first-place vote to place fourth after his 176-yard rushing performance against Georgia.
Landry Jones of Oklahoma came in fifth in the poll (5 points, 1 first-place vote), while Case Keenum of Houston, Denard Robinson of Michigan and Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State (2 points each) tied for sixth.
USC wide out Robert Woods made his first appearance in the poll, placing 10th.
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, 9-14-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 30 (9)
2. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor — 15 (2)
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 13
4. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina — 6 (1)
5. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma — 5 (1)
6T. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State — 2
6T. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 2
6T. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State — 2
6T. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan — 2
10. Robert Woods, WR, USC — 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.