Johnny Manziel leads final HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is about to make history.

The redshirt freshman quarterback leads the final HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll of the season released on Tuesday. The poll has proven to be the most accurate of all the Heisman polls in the last five years.

If this year’s poll is correct, Manziel will become the first freshman winner in the 78-year history of the trophy.

The 11-member weekly panel of actual Heisman voters gave Manziel eight first-place votes and placed him on 10 of their ballots. He totaled 27 points, which was his same score the previous week. The results point to a comfortable win for Manziel when the Heisman is awarded on Dec. 8.

“He’s been the most outstanding player of the season,” said one voter. “It’s hard not to pick a guy who set the SEC total offense record and knocked off the No. 1 team.”

Coming in second behind Manziel was Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te’o, who appeared on nine ballots and tallied 18 points, with one first-place vote. He dropped a couple points from the previous poll, but looks poised to notch the highest finish by a pure defensive player since Hugh Green of Pittsburgh was the runner up in 1980.

Senior Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein bounced back from last week’s poll to move into third place with 10 points. He appeared on seven ballots.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and USC wide receiver Marqise Lee — both sophomores — tied for fourth with five points and one first-place vote apiece. They each appeared on three ballots.

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner picked up the remaining ballot slot, finishing with one point.

Heisman ballots are due by 5 p.m. ET on Monday. The finalists for the 2012 Heisman ceremony will be announced an hour later at 6 p.m.

Now in its seventh season, the former HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll has been reborn as the HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during 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 is released on Tuesdays throughout the season at CBSSports.com and at HeismanPundit.com. Check out previous polls for this season here.

The HP/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll, 12-3-2012
Player, total points (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 27 (8)

2. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame — 18 (1)

3. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State — 10

4. (tie) Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State — 5 (1)

Marqise Lee, WR, USC — 5 (1)

6. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon — 1

Total ballots appeared on: Manziel (10), Te’o (9), Klein (7), Miller and Lee (3), Barner (1)

About the Voting Panel

The 11 members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Tom Dienhart of The Big Ten Network, Michael Lev of the Orange County Register, Bruce Feldman and Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, Bryan Fischer of the Pac-12 Network, Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News, Lenn Robbins of the New York Post, Jenni Carlson of The Daily Oklahoman and Dave Hackenberg of the Toledo Blade. Chris Huston, CBSSports.com Heisman analyst and publisher of HeismanPundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

Past 2012 Poll Leaders

Date/Leader
Preseason, Matt Barkley
Sept. 4, Matt Barkley
Sept. 11, Matt Barkley
Sept. 18, Geno Smith
Sept. 25, Geno Smith
Oct. 2, Geno Smith
Oct. 9, Geno Smith
Oct. 16, Geno Smith
Oct. 23, Collin Klein
Oct. 30, Collin Klein
Nov. 6, Collin Klein
Nov. 13, Collin Klein
Nov. 20, Johnny Manziel
Nov. 27, Johnny Manziel

The Last Five Years of the Heismanpundit.com Straw Poll

Final 2011 HP Poll
1. Robert Griffin III
2. Andrew Luck
3. Trent Richardson
4. Montee Ball
5. Tyrann Mathieu
6. Matt Barkley
7. Case Keenum

Final 2010 HP Poll
1. Cameron Newton
2. Andrew Luck
3. (tie) LaMichael James
3. (tie) Kellen Moore
5. Justin Blackmon
6. Denard Robinson

Final 2009 HP Poll
1. Mark Ingram
2. Toby Gerhart
3. Colt McCoy
4. Ndamukong Suh
5. Kellen Moore
6. Tim Tebow

Final 2008 HP Poll
1. Sam Bradford
2. Tim Tebow
3. Colt McCoy
4. Graham Harrell
5. Michael Crabtree
6. Shon Greene

Final 2007 HP Poll
1. Tim Tebow
2. Darren McFadden
3. Colt Brennan
4. Chase Daniel
5. Pat White
6. Dennis Dixon

2011 Actual Results
1. Robert Griffin III
2. Andrew Luck
3. Trent Richardson
4. Montee Ball
5. Tyrann Mathieu
6. Matt Barkley
7. Case Keenum

2010 Actual Results
1. Cam Newton
2. Andrew Luck
3. LaMichael James
4. Kellen Moore
5. Justin Blackon
6. Denard Robinson

2009 Actual Results
1. Mark Ingram
2. Toby Gerhart
3. Colt McCoy
4. Ndamukong Suh
5. Tim Tebow
6. C.J. Spiller

2008 Actual Results
1. Sam Bradford
2. Colt McCoy
3. Tim Tebow
4. Graham Harrell
5. Michael Crabtree
6. Shon Greene

2007 Actual Results
1. Tim Tebow
2. Darren McFadden
3. Colt Brennan
4. Chase Daniel
5. Dennis Dixon
6. Pat White

About Heismanpundit

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3 Responses to Johnny Manziel leads final HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll

  1. PawPower May 2, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    2009 Actual Results
    1. Mark Ingram
    2. Toby Gerhart
    3. Colt McCoy
    4. Ndamukong Suh
    5. Tim Tebow
    6. C.J. Spiller
    This was the year that the voters Proved that they DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE of what type of FB player the Heisman award was meant to be awarded to. This is a QUOTE from the actual meaning for a Heisman player ( the Heisman Trophy or the Heisman), is awarded annually to the player deemed the most outstanding player in collegiate football.) In 2009 the most OUTSTANDING player in collge FB wasn’t even invited to New York. That Players name was CJ Spiller!!! I challenge anybody to compare his STATS in 2009 to any of the first five names that did get invited to New York for the Heisman ceremoney. Like I’ve said, go back and compare everything CJ Spiller did as an ALL AROUND FB player in 2009 to what the Heisman winner did, and the other 4 that were sitting on the stage in New York. And Honestly with out any Bias, ask yourself, did the voters even come close to getting it right by the Rule of what a Heisman player really is. CJ played for Clemson University, and Clemson only won 9 games that season. But CJ was only 1 player of 11, and the voters turned a blind eye to him because his team only won 9 games. In the Heisman forum of what a Heisman player IS, it says nothing about the most out standing player that his team had an undefeated season. John Heisman’s bones rattled in his grave when the voters flat out disrespected CJ Spiller that played for the Fifth Colleges that John William Heisman coached at. CJ will be a HOF player, and he has already been a Pro bowler from a sorry azz team in Buffalo. And he will make more money playing FB than any of those Bias A holes that disrespected him. Compare his stats to all that went to NY for the Paper trophy award. It’s not a true Heisman award b/c the voters don’t have a clue of what a true Heisman player is. It’s not a voter, fan, or college favorit. IT’S an out standing FB player award. And I’m NOT saying that any of the others didn’t belong in NY B/C a few of them did. But the most out standing player of 2009 wasn’t there. But he has been making the voters look to be what they are. Just plain Bias and stupid!!!

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