A one-handed catch was all it took to shoot Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck back into a comfortable lead in the latest Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll released on Wednesday (Oct. 5).
Luck’s remarkable sideline grab last Saturday against UCLA, which many are referring to as his ‘Heisman Moment’, was the highlight of the weekend and catapulted the junior quarterback from 22 points and 4 first-place votes in last week’s poll, to 32 points and 6 first-place votes in this week’s poll.
That put Luck 20 points ahead of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, who surged from a sixth-place tie last week into second place this week with 12 points and 2 first-place votes following the Badgers’ rout of Nebraska.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III dropped from second place back to third place (10 point, 2 first-place votes), while Alabama running back Trent Richardson was fourth (8 points, 2 first-place votes) and Kellen Moore of Boise State was fifth (5 points).
The strong field for this year’s Heisman Trophy presents a challenge to the voters.
“It’s pretty darn hard to narrow down to three right now,” admitted one voter.
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, 10-5-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 32 (7)
2. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin — 12 (1)
3. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor — 10 (2)
4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — 8 (2)
5. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 5
6. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State — 4
7. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 3 (1)
8T. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU — 2
8T. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina — 2
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.