Luck Holds On To Big Lead In Latest Heismanpundit Straw Poll

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck remains the overwhelming favorite of the Heisman electorate according to the latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Wednesday (Nov. 9).

Luck collected 12 out of a possible 13 first-place votes from the panel of Heisman voters that selects players weekly during the college football season. It’s the second-straight week that Luck has grabbed 12 first-place votes. He appeared on all 13 ballots, while his 38 total points matched his season high and gave him a run of 11-straight weeks atop the poll.

He is attempting to become the first player to go wire-to-wire in the straw poll, now in it sixth season.

“It’s difficult to envision a scenario where Luck doesn’t win this,” said one voter.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson was second with 14 points, while Houston quarterback Case Keenum and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore were tied for third with 10 points. Keenum received the only other first-place vote.

Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden moved into fifth with three points, while Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was sixth (2 points) and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was seventh (1 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, 11-9-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)

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

2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — 14

3T. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 10 (1)

3T. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 10

5. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State —  3

6. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor — 2

7. 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 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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8 Responses to Luck Holds On To Big Lead In Latest Heismanpundit Straw Poll

  1. Who November 10, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Which was least exciting, Luck’s 171 yards against San Jose State, or his 169 yards against Washington?

  2. Terry Tyler November 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    LaMichael James’ stats are basically the same as Richardson’s in two fewer games. Oregon plays Stanford tomorrow. If James plays well shouldn’t he receive consideration for the Heisman. Think he’s overlooked because of the injury. Compare his and Richardson’ LSU game and season’s stats. They’re very similar. Richardson 1078 yards (9 games) James 1061 yards (6 1/2 games). I am not an Oregon fan (Razorback) but I don’t think James is getting a fair shot in any poll. Last thing, James is leading the country in yards per game. Thank You.

  3. Cowboy_KS November 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Luck should get some extra credit for his open field tackling ability.

  4. Grizzly Gator November 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Even though Luck and Co. lost against Oregon, I still think he’ll win the heisman. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player talked about so positively (without equal negativity) as Luck. This is coming from a gator fan who still hears jeers about Tebow.

  5. Grizzly Gator November 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    … And I don’t even like the NFL.

  6. Cowboy_KS November 13, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Let’s take a look at GBE’s Strength of Schedule compared to our current HC favorites, with Weeden and L. James added in for fun:
    #11 Oklahoma State
    #12 Alabama
    #35 Oregon
    #45 Boise State
    #109 Stanford
    #116 Houston

  7. Cowboy_KS November 13, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    #35 Oregon State
    #76 Oregon

  8. Jackie woodie November 13, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Are y’all not watch Joe Adams on Arkansas Razorback?? Never seen a RB like him ANYWHERE