Aaron Murray makes big gain in latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll


Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has used his team’s dramatic win over No. 6 LSU to leap into third place in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Oct. 1).

Murray, who did not receive any points in last week’s poll, picked up two first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters and totaled 11 points to finish behind Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M (17 points, 5 first-place votes) and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (12 points, 2 first-place votes).

Clemson’s Tajh Boyd was fourth with six points, while Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville garnered the final first-place vote to finish fifth with five points

Sean Mannion of Oregon State and Bishop Sankey of Washington both made their first appearance in the poll this week, picking up one point each.

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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10/1/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 17 (5)

2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 12 (2)

3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia — 11 (2)

4. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson — 6

5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 5 (1)

6. (tie) Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA  — 2

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 2

Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State — 2

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami — 2

10. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington — 1
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9 Responses to Aaron Murray makes big gain in latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

  1. Maximus October 1, 2013 at 8:44 am #


  2. Josh October 1, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I have a question. Bret Hundley has the following stats

    848 yards – 8TD 3INT, 32 carries 157yards 2TD. 165.9 rating

    Jameis Winston has these

    1048 yards – 12 TD 2INT, 29 carries 111yards 2TD 209.5 rating

    How is it that Hundley is ahead of Winston on this poll? I can see Bryce Petty being on the list.

    The same can be said for Duke Johnson being on the list. He is 33rd in the country in rushing yards, and 329 of his 388 yards were against teams who have a combined TWO wins.

    Is this a popularity contest or a contest of who is the best player in college? Because Duke isn’t even a top 10 running back in America, let alone the best overall player.

    • BamBam October 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

      cos he plays for UCLA…

  3. Gerald Tinnon October 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    The only player worth winning the Heisman is not even listed. Par for the course. The sports world’s most bogus award..

    • Josh October 2, 2013 at 6:16 am #

      And who is that player in your opinion? Although I dislike Manziel and don’t care too much for Oregon, the top two are pretty clear cut.

  4. INtheCarr October 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Derek Carr is an NFL QB playing in college.

  5. INtheCarr October 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Derek Carr looked better than Mariota in Tim DeRyuter’s first ever game at Fresno State? The game was also in Oregon. I bet Fresno State could
    give Oregon a run for their money this year.


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