Boston College RB Andre Williams vaults into second place in HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

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Another ACC player has emerged as a serious contender in this year’s Heisman race.

Boston College running back Andre Williams, fresh off a 263-yard performance that pushed him past the 2,000-yard mark for the season, debuted in second-place in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Nov. 26).

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston held the top spot for the third week in a row, but he saw his point total drop as the result of two voters dropping him off their ballots. Winston grabbed six first-place votes, appearing on just those six ballots, and totaled 18 points.

Williams was close behind with 16 points. He did not garner any first-place votes from the 10-member panel of voters, but his appearance on eight ballots allowed him to leapfrog the rest of the field.

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron grabbed two first-place votes and totaled eight points to move up to third place from fifth last week. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was fourth (1 first-place vote, 7 points) while defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was fifth (4 points). Oregon’s Marcus Mariota snared the remaining 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.

Each week’s poll is released on Tuesdays throughout the season at

The Heisman Straw Poll, 11/26/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 18 (6)

2. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College — 16

3. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 8 (2)

4. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 7 (1)

5. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 4

6. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 3 (1)

7. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 2

8. (tie) Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State — 1

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh — 1

Number of ballots

Williams — 8

Winston — 6

McCarron — 4

Lynch — 4

Manziel — 3

The rest — 1

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14 Responses to Boston College RB Andre Williams vaults into second place in HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

  1. Dave November 26, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    In yet another Year When No One Wanted the Heisman, I’m actually defaulting to AJ McCarron, in the spirit of Lifetime Achievement Award (and as Brent would point out, his hot girlfriend), assuming Winston’s legal cloud does not resolve in his favor by the time ballots are due. That said, I don’t have a vote.

    • Chris November 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      They should just get rid of the trophy, because it is too political. Watch the tape and you can’t argue that Manziel is the most “Outstanding Player” in college football. People are trying to turn this trophy into a “team” prize. The best teams play for bowl game trophies and rings, not the Heisman.

      • Mike November 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm #


        Good point.
        Voters were simply waiting for a reason to deny Johnny. One subpar game that can largely be attributed to terrible play calling. LSU was dropping 6 guys into coverage and TAMU insisted on trying to throw the rock. I was at the game, it would have been near impossible for Johnny to throw the ball into those coverages even without the weather, let alone with rain, wind and 50 degree temps.
        The underneath routes might have worked, but A&M wasn’t even running them until very late in the game. Too little too late. The A&M staff was completely outcoached in this one. How that equates to Johnny being out of contention in the Heisman is beyond me.
        People need to watch the whole season and not jump on and off of the bandwagon based upon what they hear.

        • Joe November 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

          It was hardly one bad game. He’s thrown two interceptions in every game they’ve lost. He has two games all season where he hasn’t been picked off. Way too many losses and way too many turnovers.

          He has as many interceptions this season as McCarron has for his career. And McCarron, Winston and Mariota combined have 14 interceptions this year to the 13 Manziel has all by himself.

          • Mike November 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

            Really. Tebow won the Heisman with 4 losses and RGIII with 3. You don’t even understand the game if you think losses are only the fault of the QB. If A&M had Winston, Mariota, or McCarron, they would be at best a .500 team. McCarron and Mariota are no where close to Heisman material. Winston will be good, but he hasn’t played enough good teams and the cloud above his head prevents him from being seriously considered right now.

    • Heismanpundit November 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Dave, I think a lot of voters are likely to take your route if the Winston case is not resolved.

  2. Calvinator November 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Right now, this non-voter would cast a ballot that looks like this:

    1. Winston
    2. Lynch
    3. Williams


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