Jameis Winston leads penultimate HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll


With one week to go before voters must submit their final ballots, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is in the driver’s seat to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

The redshirt freshman captured 7 of 10 first-place votes to lead the penultimate HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll of the season released on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

His 24 total points was six ahead of second place Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, who picked up the other three first-place votes in the weekly survey of Heisman voter sentiment. Lynch climbed from fourth place in last week’s poll, when he tallied just seven points.

Both Winston and Lynch have games on Saturday, so there is still potential for movement in the race. With a legal investigation of Winston ongoing, many voters remain unsure about how their final ballots will look.

“This is the toughest vote I can recall,” said one voter. “I’m going to wait until the 11th hour (to make my decision).”

Despite the doubts, Winston actually improved his standing from last week’s poll, which he led while appearing on just six of 10 ballots for a total of 18 points. He appeared on nine of 10 ballots this time around. Lynch appeared on eight.

The biggest plunge in support since last week’s poll took place with Boston College running back Andre Williams, who dropped from second place last week (with 16 points, just two points behind Winston) to a tie for seventh this week with one point.

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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 12/3/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 24 (7)

2. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 18 (3)

3. (tie) AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 4

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State — 4

5. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 3

6. (tie) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 2

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh — 2

7. (tie) Andre Williams, RB, Boston College — 1

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 1

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State — 1

Number of ballots

Winston — 9

Lynch — 8

McCarron — 4

Petty — 2

Miller — 2

The rest — 1 each

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5 Responses to Jameis Winston leads penultimate HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

  1. Bri December 6, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Unfortunately, Jordan Lynch falls into that Toby Gerhart category. Monstrous stats for a very heady and good guy, but nationally, there isn’t much of a craze out there for him. I hope he wins the Midwest.

  2. Chris December 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    This blog has officially outlived its usefulness. The public knows that Winston is not the “most outstanding” player in college football, but everyone wants to give him the award for being on an undefeated team.

    Now ESPN is pushing Winston and a “player to be determined” from which ever teams win their conference championship games. Last week it was McCarron and now they are pushing for Braxton Miller. They even tried to do this with Colin Klein and Manti Te’o last year.

    Why have the award if this is what it has become? We would have had no Johnny Manziel, RG III, Tim Tebow, Ricky Williams, or Barry Sanders if this was the way the trophy was chosen in the past.

    • HP December 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      The point of this blog is to educate people on how the Heisman is awarded and take readers on a year-long journey toward naming the winner. Based on your comment, you must not read this blog very closely, because you appear have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Heisman has always been awarded.

      Barry Sanders won the award because he had one of the great seasons in CFB history. Ricky Williams won because he ran for over 2,000 yards and was the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher.

      Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman and his team was undefeated but he also led the nation in passer rating. Mike Rozier was also on an undefeated team and ran for 2,000 yards.

      Winston plays for a traditional power that happens to be undefeated and he has had a spectacular season, breaking the NCAA pass efficiency mark. If not him, who should win? I guarantee whoever you name has more flaws in his game than he does.


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