Winston hangs on to lead in latest HP Straw Poll; Petty surges


Reports of an investigation into allegations surrounding Jameis Winston have done little to dampen the enthusiasm of voters for his Heisman candidacy, as the Florida State freshman quarterback once again led the HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Winston captured six out of 10 first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters, and totaled 20 points, down slightly from his 22-point total last week, but still ahead of second-place Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who also dropped a couple points (2 first-place votes, 18 points).

The biggest gainer since the last poll was Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, who seemingly culled support from both Winston and Manziel to move into third with 11 points and a first-place vote.

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who led the poll as recently as a couple weeks ago, dropped into fourth place with six points and one first-place vote.

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.

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The Heisman Straw Poll, 11/19/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 20 (6)

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 18 (2)

3. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 11 (1)

4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon  — 6 (1)

5. (tie) AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 2

Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 2

7. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College — 1

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5 Responses to Winston hangs on to lead in latest HP Straw Poll; Petty surges

  1. Josh November 21, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Here is my take on Winston, for what it’s worth.

    #1 – His attorney gave a presser this morning. He outright said that the DNA matching does not surprise him one bit. Meaning he had to have known that Jameis already said he had sex with this girl. He also indicated that they have DNA from a “EYE WITNESS”. Does this mean that this EYE Witness performed in that same room that night? If so, why was Jameis the only one that was named in the report? Did she WILLINGLY have sex with one man in the room while another man in the room (Jameis) was not accepted?

    #2 – Charlie Ward (a heisman voter) has stated that he has spoken to Winston about this entire case, being a voter, he felt he had a right to know. Ward has said he is at peace with what is going on. Supposedly, he has spoken to Winston, and Jansen about this case. If a Heisman voter, who you would have to believe takes all accounts in to this thought process, other than this kid plays for his school, is making a well informed decision when he stands behind him.

    #3 – The accuser and her attorney are now stating that she was sober on the night of the incident. This further contradicts the story in my opinion. If you are SOBER, how do you not accurately name your attacker on the night in question?

    #4 – Supposedly the second witness is stating that he can prove a previous relationship between the victim and Winston, thus questioning her credibility as to not “knowing” her attacker on the night in question.

    Something stinks here, that’s a definite, but to not look at these 4 FACTS on the case and form your own educated opinion is just as irresponsible as the “journalists” who are writing on this case.


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