Luck Tops Heisman Poll For Eighth Week In A Row

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is the leader in the latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Wednesday (Oct. 19).

It’s the eighth week in a row Luck has led the weekly survey of Heisman voters from around the country.

Luck collected 7 first-place votes and totaled 32 points to place ahead of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson (14 points, 2 first-place votes) and Alabama running back Trent Richardson (12 points, 2 first-place votes).

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, 10-19-2011 
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 32 (7)
2. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin — 14 (2)
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — 12 (2)
4. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor — 9 (2)
5. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 7
6. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma — 2
7T. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 1
7T. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson — 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 Murphy, B.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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6 Responses to Luck Tops Heisman Poll For Eighth Week In A Row

  1. CM October 19, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Who keeps voting this guy at the top? The best defense Stanford will face all season? Apparently it’s Notre Dame. ranked 50th nationally in total defense. 50th!!!!! That’s horrible. Boise St almost envies that schedule. Voters need to get over this “Luck by default” mentality…as if it’s his to lose unless someone takes it away. With a good game against LSU, I think Trent Richardson becomes the leader…but based on the resume and the COMPETITION said resume was built against, Richardson should be the leader right now.

    Luck is a very good QB (I guess, people keep saying it so it must be true)…but Trent Richardson is the best football player in America. Period.

    • Kassandra October 19, 2011 at 8:54 am #

      actually, Notre Dame currently has the 32nd ranked defense, Oregon the 42nd and USC the 45th. that’s three top-50 defenses rather than just one at #50 that you mentioned. the thing i find most alarming is that your basing your assessment of Luck on hearsay of other people. it sounds like you haven’t actually seen him play for yourself. you can’t truly judge someone based of just what you hear. you also obviously aren’t taking into account what he’s done each week to the defenses he’s faced. true, Stanford has not played the strongest of schedules, but they’ve blown out the competition every week. in other words, they’ve done what they’ve supposed to do and Luck is the number one reason for that. from here on out, the competition only gets tougher, therefore, Luck’s opportunity to solidify the result of this and every other credible Heisman poll will only grow. Richardson is a decent qb, but barely in anyone’s Heisman top three. he has virtually no chance at winning the trophy. i’ve watched him play in tv (for the record, as a Stanford sophomore, i’ve seen every game Luck has played). but here’s the real kicker here, and i think this has been noticed by the Heisman voters: Luck is doing this as the only qb who calls the offense. in other words, he’s more than a coordinator; he’s basically the offensive coordinator as well. it’s leadership such as that which voters appreciate, more than stats, and much, much more than homerism.

      ~ KMM

  2. thesePretzels October 19, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Using your logic, the best player on the team with the most challenging schedule should be awarded the Heisman. Also, these polls right now mean absolutely nothing. Ballots are only cast once. Cool your jets man.

  3. CM October 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    It’s just opinion. And yes, the best offensive player on the team with the most challenging schedule that goes undefeated should get strong consideration. I respect Luck’s ability…never said he wasn’t a great QB, likely top NFL draft pick…but sorry, the competition just isn’t there and won’t be there all season long. If you’re going by just stats and competition doesn’t matter, then Luck shouldn’t be on top…Moore should since he’s about to become the winningest QB ever…sure, maybe 4 of those wins are even worth mentioning, but if competition doesn’t matter, give it to Moore then. Stanford plays maybe two decent teams all season…only one that poses any real threat (Oregon)…and even then it’s not because of the defense. Giving the Heisman to Luck would be like awarding the Cy Young to the best pitcher in Double A ball.

    Here are the current total defense team rankings…yours seem a little off.

  4. B October 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Bottom line, if Richardson turns in a stellar performance against LSU and Bama wins, the spread between he and Luck gets much, much closer as soon as the game is over on Nov 5. Luck’s calling of the offense is impressive and proves his understanding and smarts of the game. Richardsons moves and “the juke” last week prove he’s more than just a fast guy that can blow through wholes created by a fantastic offensive line. RBs get too much credit sometimes, but then again, QBs get credit for yards after catch too. Too many questions remain at this point in the season, but both players shred defenses each week and are still ranked as one of the best players at their position. With those being equal, don’t you have to look at the quality of the competition?

  5. BDoherty October 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Broyles has to be the Oklahoma rep. He’s dominating right now and is more important to Oklahoma than Jones. Jones may not even reach his totals last year. He has been up and down. Broyles averages are ridiculous at 10 catches, 136 yards and 1.5 TDs.