Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel held off a surging Marcus Mariota of Oregon to once again lead the HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll.
The defending Heisman winner totaled 19 points and five first-place votes, barely edging out Mariota, who had 18 points and three first-place votes. Last week, Manziel beat out Mariota by four points.
Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville was third with nine points and one first-place vote. AJ McCarron of Alabama picked up the other first-place vote to finish fourth.
Five players tied for fifth, reflecting the potentially wide-open nature of the race after four weeks of play.
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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 9/24/2013
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 19 (5)
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 18 (3)
3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 9 (1)
4. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 3 (1)
5. (tie) Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin — 2
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA — 2
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson — 2
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 2
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor — 2
10. Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado — 1