Stanford junior quarterback Andrew Luck maintained a strong lead over the rest of the field and South Carolina sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore surged into third place in the latest Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll released on Wednesday (Sept. 21).
Luck tallied 31 total points and captured 8 first-place votes to top the survey for the fourth week in a row.
“It’s going to be tough to beat Luck unless another player really puts up some big numbers,” said one voter.
Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore was second with 18 points and 2 first-place votes, while Lattimore moved from sixth place last week to third this week with 13 points and 2 first-place votes.
Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin was a solid fourth with 12 points and 1 first-place vote.
At this point, it looks like Luck, Moore, Lattimore and Griffin are the main Heisman contenders, with the rest of the field well behind.
Houston senior quarterback Case Keenum was fifth with 2 points while Oklahoma junior quarterback Landry Jones and Wisconsin senior quarterback Russell Wilson tied for sixth with one 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 Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll, 9-21-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 31 (8)
2. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 18 (2)
3. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina — 13 (2)
4. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor — 12 (1)
5. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 2
6T. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma — 1
6T. 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.