With less than three weeks to go until ballots are due, the Heisman race is up for grabs.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck’s once-formidable lead has narrowed considerably in the latest Heismanpundit.com Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Nov. 15).
Luck (25 points) edged out Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden (21 points) to top the weekly survey, which consists of 13 actual Heisman voters from around the country. It’s the 12-straight week that Luck has led the balloting.
But Weeden–fifth with just 3 points in last week’s poll–won the battle of first-place votes, beating out Luck, 5-4. The Stanford junior was able to maintain his lead based on his appearance on 11 ballots compared to Weeden’s 9.
“This was the toughest ballot of the season,” said one voter.
Still within striking distance of both quarterbacks is Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who tallied 18 points and 2 first-place votes.
Houston quarterback Case Keenum picked up a first place vote and 7 points to place fourth.
A three-way-tie for fifth ensued between Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, who each totaled 2 points.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball finished in eighth with 1 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 has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country.
The 2011 Heismanpundit Straw Poll, 11-15-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 25 (4)
2. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State — 21 (5)
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — 18 (2)
4. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 7 (1)
5T. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor — 2
5T. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State — 2
5T. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 2
8. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin — 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 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.