A solid performance in a win over No. 12 UCLA helped Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota maintain his lead in the latest edition of the HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Oct. 29).
Mariota’s five first-place votes and 22 total points duplicated his score from the previous week, while second-place Jameis Winston of Florida State saw one of his first-place votes shift to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Winston totaled 19 points and three first-place votes while Manziel had 13 points and two first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters.
Only five players appeared on the 10 ballots, reflecting a narrowing of the Heisman race. Mariota appeared on nine of the 10 ballots while Winston appeared on seven of 10 and Manziel was on eight of 10.
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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10/29/2013
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 22 (5)
2. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 19 (3)
3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 13 (2)
4. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 4
5. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 2