Luck Surges Back To Strong Lead While Wilson Moves to Second In Latest Heismanpundit Heisman Poll

A one-handed catch was all it took to shoot Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck back into a comfortable lead in the latest 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 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, 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, 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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18 Responses to Luck Surges Back To Strong Lead While Wilson Moves to Second In Latest Heismanpundit Heisman Poll

  1. Hawkinsob October 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Well, LaMichael James just went out with a nasty looking injury, but he had 239 yards (3rd straight 200 yd game) when he left, and he’s the nation’s top punt returner in addition to leading the nation in rushing. I know, I know, voters think his 136 all purpose yards and TD against LSU are unforgivable. But he is averaging an amazing 9.4 yards per carry and got his rushing yardage in WAY less carries than the other RB candidates. Hope he gets well.

    • AUman76 October 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

      yep he lights up those west coast defenses but put him against real defenses and the
      entire Duck O flies south for the fall and winter!
      One question? Why the hell was he still in the game up 36-15 against an out matched
      Cal team? Running up the score and his stats maybe? Aske bammer about what that
      can get ya when they did the same thing to Florida during the Shula years. he cost a kid
      a pro career trying to rub Florida’s nose in it.
      Kelly is a smartass when talking to the sideline reprter after the game. Then again what’s
      new about that. The only team on the left wing coast that can stay on the field with a real
      football team is Stanford and without Luck they couldn’t either.

      • Paul October 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

        To not have your starers in the game in the Pac-12 when you are only up 21 in the 3rd quarter would be ridiculously stupid. That’s why.

      • DonP October 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm #


        You don’t have a clue. You claim Luck wouldn’t have survived the first half last year? Like you knocked out Darron Thomas? Oh yeah, that’s the Darron Thomas that threw for 363 yards on your “big boy” SEC defense. Then he threw for 240 against LSU. You guys sell out to stop the run, give up tons of yards through the air and brag about stopping LaMichael James. Well, you play crappy pass defense, then.

        Claiming Dyer is better than James, and that Tennessee’s QB is better than Luck are two of the stupidest comments I’ve ever read anywhere.

        Apparently you think that you know more about football than every college coach, sports writer, NFL draft analyst, NFL scout, NFL General Manager, TV commentator and NFL coach. If you said that to any one of those, you’d be laughed at.

        Typical SEC fan. You guys are pathetic.

  2. CM October 7, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    1. Trent Richardson
    2. Russell Wilson
    3. Andrew Luck

    Sorry…Luck is a great QB, but Stanford plays NO ONE that has a defense. Richardson has several big, national games…and has already performed well in two (Ark and Florida). Wilson has the big win over Nebraska and a couple more “national attention” games to go. Stanford has….ummmm…a game against Oregon that may not have LJ? I guess they’ll try to hype up the ND game…but really? Come on. As for James…you put Florida’s Jeff Demps or Chris Rainey in that same offense against those same defenses and they’d put up similar numbers…but we see what they did against the Alabama defense. Nada.

    • AUman76 October 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

      CM……how many yards did bammer’s only Heisman have against Auburn in the year he won
      the trophy? How about last season and both years combined? How many yards does Lattimore have against Auburn in three games? We may look awful at times but Auburn defenses sure as hell know how to
      put a stop to Heisman RB’s and Heisman RB candidates.
      Talk bad about our D all you want cause that just makes the putried numbers against us look even worse.

  3. Iknowthescore October 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    This is a serious poll?
    Let’s see, LaMichael James seems to be mistakenly omitted from this fax list.
    Please correct this obvious error and re-publish.

    • AUman76 October 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

      you may know the score but if you don’t know why James isn’t winning a Heisman you’re blind
      in one eye and can’t see out the other. Take a look at what he does or I should say doesn’t do
      against decent and good defenses. James nor the ducks fly past good teams in fact they look
      pitiful. See what you wanna see but the game stats from those games don’t lie.
      Luck will win the Heisman despite playing against terrible defenses all season.

  4. AUman76 October 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    AU’s Dyer is the best back in the nation and the QB at Tennessee is just as good as Luck
    but playing in a much tougher conference so he won’t lead his team to as many easy wins
    as Luck.

  5. Gene October 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    No Lamar Miller on the list?

  6. ds October 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    I’m sick of fans at mediocre SEC teams trying to pretend they are decent because their conference has 2 great teams (LSU and Bama) and a bunch of undeservedly ranked teams like Florida. Stanford may have played against no decent defense so far (hence the 5 blowouts), but the Stanford team that embarassed VA Tech last January would have beaten any SEC team that night, including Auburn. Stanford’s dominant O-line last year could have controlled Fairley, and Luck would have picked apart Auburn’s less-than-great secondary. This year Stanford’s run defense is just as good as last year (pass defense we’re not sure yet). The offense is just as good too– the OL isn’t quite as dominant, receivers aren’t as good, but Luck is better and so are the tight ends. What SEC fans don’t realize– cause they don’t get to see Stanford on TV– is that Stanford wins not with the finesse passing game of the old Pac-10, but in the trenches just like Wisconsin and just like LSU. A Stanford-Wisconsin Rose Bowl this year would be epic, and Stanford would give Bama or LSU a much tougher matchup than Oregon. I’m not guaranteeing Stanford would win, but I’d love to see it.

    • AUman76 October 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      that’s two more great teams than the pac1! Stanford would have beat Auburn last year? Now that’s some funny shit. Luck wouldn’t have survived the first half. Fairly would have knock his ass out like all the other QB’s he chewed up and spit out. WE would have shut down your running game from the git go and forced Luck to throw all night. That would ahve lead to him being knocked from pillar to post. Y’all left coast boys just don’t get it….the SEC plays BIG BOY football. 5 BCSNC Trophies in a row. 6 outta 8 and should be 7 outta 8 if they did what is right and give Auburn the 2004 Trophy! Read em and weep cry babies.

      • SB October 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

        Is there a moderator on this thing? Can we get rid of the trolls?

  7. R D October 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Wow, the butchering of the english language on these posts is frightening.

    “The only team on the left wing coast that can stay on the field with a real football team is Stanford and without Luck they couldn’t either.” and “WE would have shut down your running game from the git go and forced Luck to throw all night. That would ahve lead to him being knocked from pillar to post.” – are two postings from the same person?

    Hard to reconcile those two statements. Oh well.

    I agree that Stanford would have beaten Auburn if given the opportunity at the end of last year. Sadly the SEC trolls know nothing about Stanford because they never watch the west coast games. Stanford has a completely different style than Oregon, and they are physical enough to match up quite well with SEC teams. But here’s the kicker: Stanford now has the team speed to compete with and beat SEC teams too. The best part is, a lot of the fastest Stanford players are from SEC territory, where Stanford is having a field day stealing the best and brightest from Georgia and Florida.

    As far as Luck is concerned, the guy calls his own plays for 50% of the game or more. 95% of NFL qb’s aren’t allowed to do that, because they can’t. He has over 600 plays at his disposal, and the scary part is, he almost always makes the right call and adjustment. Against Colorado, he checked them into the right play time after time. He makes every NFL throw on a routine basis, has a rocket arm, can outrun and outhit most DBs, and apparently makes one-handed diving catches.

    Luck is already an above-average NFL QB, who just happens to still be in college. If he wins the Heisman this year, he will be most deserving of the award. Time will tell.

  8. Craig October 10, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    And Case Keenum is still quietly the best player in college football.

    Last year, Houston was 5-7 without him (ACL). This year, undefeated. He will set the all time NCAA record for total offense in his next game, and he will set the NCAA all time record for passing yardage and touchdowns a couple of games later.

    If you put him on any team in the country, that team would instantly be better.

    He’ll probably finish third in Heisman voting because people will discount the level of competition, ignoring the fact he has absolutely destroyed teams like Oklahoma State throughout his college career, averaging about 400 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game against BCS teams.

    At the end of the day, all he can do is beat the teams he plays against and hope for the best. I hope Houston makes a BCS bowl so you all get to see him one last time drop bombs all over a top ten team and say, “Damn, we should have given HIM the Heisman.” How about a Houston vs. Stanford matchup, and we could see who’s better, Luck or Keenum?

    • Justin October 11, 2011 at 7:55 am #

      You couldn’t have said it any more perfect. Gotta love this joke called the “BCS”

      Oh yeah, Go Coogs!

  9. AUman76 October 12, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    aww shucks HP, you done turned into a government commie and deleted some posts. The web was spose to be the last forum for real freedom of speech. It’s official this nation has gone to hell in a hand bag. No wonder nobody with any footbal knowledge visits here anymore. The old gang has moved on to greener grass.
    Think I’ll make you lil winers, whiners or is that weiners happy and join the others.
    Chow baby!

    • Heismanpundit October 13, 2011 at 10:24 am #

      If you can manage to post without swearing or making personal attacks, then there’d be no problem. Can you manage that or must you continue to act like a 15-year old boy?