Geno Smith again leads Heismanpundit/ Heisman Straw Poll, but Collin Klein is surging

The latest edition of the Heismanpundit/ Heisman Straw Poll is out and, once again, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith leads the race for the most prestigious trophy in sports.

Smith captured eight of 11 first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters to total 24 points while topping the poll for the second week in a row.

He held off Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who surged following his team’s upset of No. 6 Oklahoma. Klein’s 16 points and two first-place votes pushed him from fourth in last week’s poll to second place this week.

“Klein is defying the odds, guiding his team into the top 10,” said one voter. “If it wasn’t for him, K-State would be horrible.”

Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel made his poll debut, landing in third place with 12 points thanks to a stellar performance in a win over Clemson.

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee received the panel’s other first-place vote. He tied withOregon’s De’Anthony Thomasfor fourth.

Heading into its seventh season, the former Heisman Straw Poll has been reborn as the HeismanPundit/ Heisman Straw Poll. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country the last five seasons, with the final 2011 poll correctly picking the top seven finishers. It is made up of 11 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis (just like a real Heisman ballot) with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

Each week’s poll will be released on Tuesday throughout the season at and at

The HP/ Heisman Straw Poll, 9-25-2012
Player, total points (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia — 24 (8)

2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State — 16 (2)

3. EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State — 12

4. (tie) De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon — 3

Marqise Lee, WR, USC — 3 (1)

6. (tie) Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State — 2

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State — 2

Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame — 2

9. (tie) Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia — 1

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia — 1

About the Voting Panel

The 11 members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando SentinelTom Dienhart of The Big Ten NetworkMichael Lev of the Orange County RegisterBruce FeldmanDennis Dodd and Bryan Fischer of CBSSports.comDick Weiss of the New York Daily NewsLenn Robbins of the New York PostJenni Carlson of The Oklahoman and Dave Hackenberg of The Toledo BladeChris Huston, Heisman analyst and publisher of, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

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3 Responses to Geno Smith again leads Heismanpundit/ Heisman Straw Poll, but Collin Klein is surging

  1. casey September 26, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    DeAnthony Thomas is #1 y’all are a bunch of idiots back east!! I hope Oregon Wins it all! Then what U gonna say!?????

  2. Pete September 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Why no mention of A.J. McCarron from Alabama?
    He ranks 4th Nationally among Qb’s. Hasn’t thrown an interception in over 170 attempts and has tossed 10 td’s.

  3. sam October 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Wow – you guys have David Ass from Texas lilsted as a candidate. How is Manziel from Texas A&M not in the race. Kid is smokin and has been made to sit 3 of the last 12 quarters he has played.