Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd used a stellar performance against Georgia over the weekend to grab the top spot in the first HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll of the season released on Tuesday.
The weekly panel of Heisman voters gave Boyd three first-place votes and 16 total points, ahead of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was second with 10 points and two first-place votes.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was third with eight points and two first-place votes.
Twelve players appeared on ballots, reflecting how wide-open the race is in the early going. Four players tied for fourth, three players tied for eighth and two players tied for 11th.
Of note was the inclusion of Eastern Washington’s Vernon Adams. He’s the first FCS player ever to appear in the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll.
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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 9/3/2013
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Tajh Boyd, Sr., QB, Clemson — 16 (3)
2. Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville — 10 (2)
3. Marcus Mariota, So., QB, Oregon — 8 (2)
4. (tie) Todd Gurley, So., RB, Georgia — 3 (1)
Johnny Manziel, So., QB, Texas A&M — 3 (1)
Braxton Miller, Jr., QB, Ohio State — 3
Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State — 3
8. (tie) Jadeveon Clowney, Jr., DE, South Carolina — 2
Jameis Winston, Fr., QB, Florida State — 2
Christion Jones, Jr., WR, Alabama — 2
11. (tie) Paul Richardson, Jr., WR, Colorado — 1
Vernon Adams, So., QB, Eastern Washington — 1