Luck Increases Lead In Latest Heismanpundit Heisman Straw Poll

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is pulling away from his competition in the Heisman race according to the latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Wednesday (Nov. 2).

Luck tallied 38 total points and collected 12 out of a possible 13 votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters. It’s the 10th consecutive week that Luck has been atop the poll and his highest point total of the season. He is attempting to become the first player in the poll’s six-year history to lead it from wire-to-wire.

Stanford’s 56-48 triple overtime win over USC this past weekend seemed to have a big effect on voters.

“Without Luck, Stanford would’ve been beaten handily by USC,” said one voter. “He seemed to will the Cardinal to victory.”

As strong as Luck’s lead appears, the stage is set for a late-season challenge by Alabama’s Trent Richardson. The Crimson Tide running back totaled 13 points to finish second in the latest poll, but he has a chance to make a big jump this weekend when his team takes on LSU in the most anticipated matchup of the season.

“The whole country will be watching that one, so Richardson could catch up to Luck with a big performance,” one voter said.

Boise State’s Kellen Moore took third in the poll with 11 points, while Houston’s Case Keenum–fresh off a nine touchdown performance against Rice–grabbed the other first-place vote and totaled 9 points to take fourth.

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III tied for fifth with two points each, while Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden was eighth with one point.

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.  In each of the last three years, the final Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate Heisman poll in the country.

The 2011 Heismanpundit Straw Poll, 11-2-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 38 (12)

2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — 13

3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 11

4. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 9 (1)

5T. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma — 2

5T. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor — 2

5T. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson — 2

8. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State — 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 of, Tom Dienhart of The Big Ten Network, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, 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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11 Responses to Luck Increases Lead In Latest Heismanpundit Heisman Straw Poll

  1. CM November 2, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    There hasn’t been this much love for a college player since Tim Tebow and Reggie Bush. Both obviously future NFL Hall of Famers. ; )

    This Saturday will decide the Heisman IMO…and come Sunday, it may very well be Andrew Luck’s going away. If that’s the case, I won’t be that upset…I do think he truly is a great QB…even if I do think he’s overhyped to a degree.

  2. Shankar Saikia November 2, 2011 at 8:13 am #


    Andrew Luck is a true student-athlete with a combination of consistent excellence on the playing field (20 – 1 as a starter in last 21 games !), excellence in academics (Architectural Engineering major at Stanford !) and humility as an individual (watch this videw )

    Nothing about Andrew Luck is hype – he is the real deal. GIVE HIM THE HEISMAN NOW …

    • Brionne November 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

      Luck is tremendously gifted, but I liked what Matt Barkley did in that ‘unranked USC’ game moreso than what Luck did. Seems like Barkley throws a better ball.

  3. doresdb21 November 2, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Please don’t say that “Luck is overhyped”. You sound foolish. Can you imagine how much more you would be hearing about him if he played for Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, etc… ????? The fact that he is getting this much attention while playing at Stanford proves how legit he is. He would not be getting this type of coverage at a non traditional football power house if he wasn’t the real deal.

  4. Bill November 2, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    You’ve got to wonder about a site whose plaudits (listed to the right of the above article) include members of the staff who are voting on this site!! Nevermind the fact that many of these writers have outside interests for other “news agencies” such as ESPN, SI, and the New York Times.

    Also, the fact that Mike Bianchi is one of the “experts” on this panel, completely guts the credibility of this site for me at all.

    Luck is the frontrunner, but as in past years, lets not count our chickens just yet. Still a month to go.

  5. HP November 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Bill: You are joking, right? Those guys are Heisman voters and that’s what the point of the poll is for, to give us an idea of what voters are thinking.

    Bianchi isn’t pretending to be an ‘expert’ on this site, but he is a Heisman voter, like it or not.

    Just because these guys have ‘outside’ interests doesn’t mean they can’t opine on the Heisman.

    • Bill November 3, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      Not joking at all. Does it not seem odd to you that the people who are “pimping” this site are the very people who contribute to it?!? It certainly caught my attention.

      As far as Bianchi having a Heisman vote, that is a travesty. The guy is clueless, and so biased towards Florida football he is barely/rarely capable of writing a sentient column.

      I do take your point about outside interests though.

      • Heismanpundit November 4, 2011 at 12:26 am #

        No. Not odd at all. They are not ‘contributors’ to this site, they merely vote in a poll.

  6. Bob Morgan November 3, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Trent Richardson is head and shoulders above Andrew Luck, who played his first game against a quality opponent last week. Everybody wants to hand Luck the Heisman for a variety of reasons; he’s a smart guy playing at a “smart” school; he came back for another year; and on and on. Go ahead – give it to him, but for pete’s sake the “Golden Boy” isn’t the best player in the country, unless racking up stats and rolling over weak competition is a criteria.

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