Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll: Geno Smith leads for the fourth week in a row

The latest HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday once again shows West Virginiaquarterback Geno Smith with a commanding lead in the race for the most prestigious trophy in sports.

Smith captured 10 out of a possible 11 first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters from around the country for a total of 30 points, putting him well out in front of his nearest competitor, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein (16 points).

It’s the fourth straight week Smith has led the survey.

“Smith is showing no signs of slowing down,” one voter said. “If this keeps up, he’ll win the Heisman in a landslide.”

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller totaled seven points to finish third. The top three finishers this week were the same as last week, pointing to some stability in the race.

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee was fourth with five points, and he picked up the panel’s remaining first-place vote.Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was fifth with three points.

Five other players — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, Oregonquarterback Marcus Mariota, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and LSU linebacker Kevin Minter — tied for sixth with one point apiece.

Heading into its seventh season, the former HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll has been reborn as theHeismanPundit/CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com and at HeismanPundit.com. Check out previous polls for this season here.

The HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10-9-2012
Player, total points (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia — 30 (10)

2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State — 16

3. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State — 7

4. Marqise Lee, WR, USC — 5 (1)

5. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame — 3

6. (tie) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 1

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia — 1

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 1

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina — 1

Kevin Minter, LB, LSU — 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, CBSSports.com Heisman analyst and publisher of HeismanPundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

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