Jameis Winston takes over lead in latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll


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

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5 Responses to Jameis Winston takes over lead in latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

  1. Marty November 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Since Texas A&M is bowl eligible and that they will play for 13 games, it’s interesting to note that Johnny Manziel is on his way to break the SEC record for passing yards in a season (Tim Couch, 4,275 yds – Johnny’s projections = 4,307 yds) and on his way to tie the record for most passing TDs in a season with 40 (André Woodson). Pretty impressive for a guy who was leading the SEC in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns last year! I know he won’t be able to break those records before the heisman vote is due, but if he continues to rack up those numbers and it becomes clear that he can surpass these records in his bowl game, should we realize that we are witnessing something special and that he deserves the award again?

  2. Marty November 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Oh and he could also break his own SEC record for the most total-offense yards in a season. Since he became the first player to register more than 5,000 yards in a season (the past record was 4,327 yds in 14 games), he would also be the first player to have two 5,000 yards seasons.
    It’s also interesting to note that last year he became the first player in the SEC to have two 500 total-offense yards games ever (He finished the year with 3) And that this year, he has also two such games!
    I know these are all stats, but these are real impressive stats!

    • Jack November 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Manziel has 11 interceptions. He is not winning the award this year.


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