Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has taken over the lead in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Nov. 12).
Winston captured six of the 10 available first-place votes in the weekly survey of Heisman voters and totaled 22 points in all. He took over the top spot from Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (1 first-place vote, 7 points), whose performance in a loss to No.5 Stanford dropped him into third place.
Defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was second with 3 first-place votes and 20 total points. Bryce Petty of Baylor (5 points) and AJ McCarron of Alabama (3 points) rounded out the top five.
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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 11/12/2013
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 22 (6)
2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 20 (3)
3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 7 (1)
4. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 5
5. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 3
6. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 2
7. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford — 1