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