Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is pulling away from his competition in the Heisman race according to the latest Heismanpundit.com 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 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. 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
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 Rivals.com, 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 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.