Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III’s performance in his team’s dramatic win over then-No. 5-Oklahoma this past Saturday has vaulted him into first place in the Heisman race, according to the latest Heismanpundit.com Heisman Straw Poll released on Wednesday (Nov. 23).
Griffin III garnered 9 out of a 13 possible first-place votes–and 28 points in all–from the weekly panel consisting of Heisman voters from all around the country. The Baylor quarterback was tied for fifth with just 2 points in the previous week’s poll, but his 551 yards of total offense against the Sooners changed voter sentiment in a hurry.
“He’s on top of my ballot in part because his talent just jumps out at you, but also because he showed that he could come through in the clutch with the game on the line against an elite opponent,” said one voter.
Still within striking distance of Griffin III is Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who had led the poll the previous 12 weeks. He collected 21 points and just 1 first-place vote. However, he appeared on 12 ballots to Griffin III’s 10, perhaps a reflection of broad support across the Heisman voting regions.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson remained in third with 14 points and 2 first-place votes, but he dropped four points from his total last week. He appeared on seven ballots.
Houston quarterback Case Keenum was once again fourth, tallying 8 points with 1 first-place vote.
A pair of Badgers tied for fifth with 2 points: Running back Montee Ball and quarterback Russell Wilson. In a three-way-tie for seventh (with one point each) was Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.
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, 11-23-2011
Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor — 28 (9)
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 21 (1)
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — 14 (2)
4. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 8 (1)
5T. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin — 2
5T. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin — 2
7T. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 1
7T. Matt Barkley, QB, USC — 1
7T. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State — 1
Number of ballots: Luck (12), Griffin (10), Richardson (7), Keenum (4), Ball (2), all others (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.