Manziel retakes lead in HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

Missouri v Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel has once again used a huge performance against the Alabama to impress Heisman voters.

The defending Heisman winner retook the top spot in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll thanks to 562 yards and five touchdowns in a losing effort against the Crimson Tide.

“His game against Bama was just what he needed to get back in the race,” said one voter. “He reminded everyone why he won it last year.”

Manziel garnered six first place votes and 20 total points from the weekly panel of Heisman voters. Marcus Mariota of Oregon was second with 16 points and two first-place votes. Alabama’s AJ McCarron (one first-place vote) and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd tied for third with five points each.

Teddy Bridgewater, last week’s poll leader, dropped to fifth with four points.

Now in its eighth season, the Heisman Straw Poll is the college football world’s most trusted gauge of Heisman voter sentiment. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the past seven seasons, with the final 2012 poll correctly picking the top five finishers and the final 2011 poll picking the top seven. This year’s poll is made up of 10 anonymous Heisman voters from across the country. Each week during the season they will pick three players. Tabulations for the preseason poll are tabulated 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

The Heisman Straw Poll, 9/17/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 20 (6)

2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 16 (2)

3. (tie) AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 5 (1)

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson — 5

5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 4

6. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA — 3 (1)

7. (tie) Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 2

Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado — 2

9. (tie) Duke Johnson, RB, Miami — 1

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 1

Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State — 1

About Heismanpundit

Chris Huston, A.K.A. ‘The Heisman Pundit‘, is a Heisman voter and the creator and publisher of, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Dubbed “the foremost authority on the Heisman” by Sports Illustrated, HP is regularly quoted or cited during football season in newspapers across the country. He is also a regular contributor on sports talk radio and television.

2 Responses to Manziel retakes lead in HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

  1. Brett S September 17, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    These polls are still swinging drastically week to week, which tells me that voters still haven’t found a player whose narrative they love.

    He’s not currently listed, but I think Zach Mettenberger could fly up the poll in the coming weeks. An interesting darkhorse, and the narrative is clear: progressively beat Murray, McCarron, and Manziel to take the best-SEC-QB crown, Mortal Kombat style.


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