Luck Holds Steady In Latest Heisman Poll

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 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 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 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, 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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7 Responses to Luck Holds Steady In Latest Heisman Poll

  1. Jonathan September 21, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    I think Chris Rainey from Florida has to be considered in the Heisman Poll at this point in the season. I don’t think any other player has had a bigger impact on his team. Who else in the league has blocked punts, returned blocked punts for TD’s, received for TD’s, and rushed for TD’s. Not to mention his 100+ yards receiving and 100+ yards rushing in the last game verse Tennessee. The guy is absolutely electric to watch.

  2. Trickster September 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Since I believe it basing it on what they do on the field, and not on pre-season expectations, I am going to post “not Luck” every week until he actually does something to deserve it.

    This season, Andrew Luck is:

    10th in passing efficiency (his best state)
    25th in passing yardage

    And you know, those are pretty good stats, but then when you consider that . . .

    Stanford has played the 92nd-toughest schedule in Div. IA . . .

    then you realize that he is having quite an unexceptional season so far. Based on this year’s results, Luck is top 50 at best, and that’s only because he is playing for an undefeated team that gets a little bit of media attention. If he were putting up those stats playing at Northwestern, he’s probably not a top 100 player.

    Don’t get me wrong: I wouldn’t be shocked if he earns his way toward the top by the end of the year. But so far, he has done nothing to merit any kind of consideration.

    • wbond September 23, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      When you outscore your opponents 138-27 over three games and sit our for the fourt quarters in two of those games, you don’t get the same stats.

      • Trickster September 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

        Passing efficiency is unaffected by whether you play the whole game or not. It measures how well you play when you are in. 10th in the nation is very nice, but against a creampuff slate it is not Heisman-worthy. There are 9 QBs ahead of them, and some of them got better stats against much strong competition, e.g., Clint Trickett and Tajh Boyd.

  3. SmartGuy34 September 24, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    If you don’t think Luck is the best player in college football then you shouldn’t be posting comments on this website because you are not paying attention. He is Peyton Manning, but more athletic. And Stanford does not get nearly the media coverage that they deserve. Half the country probably doesnt realize they are a top 5 team. In additiona, it’s about time this award goes to a true student athlete . The kid also has a 3.5 gpa in architectural design

    • Trickster September 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      I have no opinion on who is the “best player in college football,” but the Heisman is about results, and this year. Luck doesn’t have ’em.

  4. ed September 27, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Where is Denard? How can he not even vet a vote?