Mariota holds off Winston in latest HeismanPundit Straw Poll


Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston took advantage of his huge showing against Clemson this past weekend to surge into second place in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Oct. 22).

Winston’s 444 yards and three touchdowns against the then-No. 3 Tigers in Death Valley helped garner him 20 points and four first-place votes in the weekly survey of Heisman voters from around the country.

Despite his uptick in support, Winston remained behind Marcus Mariota of Oregon, who tallied 22 points and five first place votes. It’s the second-straight week that the Ducks sophomore has led the poll.

Defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel dropped to third place with nine points and one first-place vote after Texas A&M’s loss to Auburn.

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, 10/22/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 22 (5)

2. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 20 (4)

3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 9 (1)

4. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 4

5. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 3

6. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State — 2

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3 Responses to Mariota holds off Winston in latest HeismanPundit Straw Poll

  1. Josh October 22, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Whoever gave Manziel the #1 vote in this weeks poll should be drug tested. In his three opportunities to shine on a prime time stage in front of voters, he has gone 87/116 (75% not bad) for 1264 yards, 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He has also averaged 5.2 ypc while racking up an additional 3 touchdowns. So, to sum that up, he has a total of 1534 yards, 12 touchdowns and 5 turnovers. Considering Alabama is the toughest of those defenses, I wouldn’t shout that he has done it vs. great competition all the way through. Now, Winston’s numbers in his three big stage games, he has gone 70/93 (also 75%) for 1193 yards, 12 touchdowns and 1 turnover. He also added two touchdowns on the ground. Mariota has only had two games played in such a setting (because of time restraints on the west coast vs. east coast), and he is 47/64 (73%) with 822 yards, 7 touchdowns and zero turnovers. He also rushed for 115 additional yards, and 2 more touchdowns.
    All three have common numbers with one glaring difference, the loss column. While Manziel’s losses could easily be blamed on the lackluster performance of his defense, it must be noted that vs. Alabama and Auburn he threw COSTLY interceptions, costing his team the game. The objective in football is to keep your team moving down the field and not turn the ball over. He has turned the ball over entirely too much to be considered a Heisman favorite this season, in anyone’s mind. He is most deservingly in the hunt, however he should not be garnering any first place votes from any knowledgeable individual who is entrusted with an actual vote. A fan is much different than someone who actually gets a vote on this award. My two cents, for what it’s worth

  2. Matthew Castleton October 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Mannion is the one who needs to be looked at. I actually think that he is the one that is going to win the Heisman. It will start this week after Oregon State takes down Stanford. I look for them to be 10-1 going into their Civil War matchup with Oregon. Sean is on pace to throw for over 5000 yards and 50 TD’s. His buddy Brandon Cooks is also leading the country in receiving yards and is on pace to win the Fred Biletnikoff award. If they beat Oregon (and win the Pac-12 North), how you can not give Mannion the He is an is crazy to me.


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