Mariota retakes lead in Heisman Straw Poll


Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has recaptured the lead in’s latest Heisman Straw Poll following his 318-yard, 3-TD performance in the Ducks’ 46-27 victory over No. 7 Michigan State this past Saturday.

The weekly survey of Heisman voters from around the country gave Mariota 7 out of 10 first-place votes and 24 total points, which allowed him to supplant last week’s leader, Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who placed second with 3 first-place votes and 18 total points (Gurley was off due to a bye week).

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill was third with eight points, while Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper made his first appearance on the list with four points to place fourth.

Defending Heisman winner Jameis Winston was fifth with three points while Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and USC running back Javorius Allen tied for sixth (1 point each) in their Straw Poll debut.

Now in its ninth season,’s 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, 9/9/2014

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 24 (7)

2. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 18 (3)

3. Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M — 9

4. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama— 4

5. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 3

6. (tie) Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame  — 1

Javorius Allen, RB, USC  — 1

Number of ballots

Mariota, Gurley — 8

Kenny Hill  — 4

Winston, Cooper — 3

The rest — 1 each

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One Response to Mariota retakes lead in Heisman Straw Poll

  1. BYUTexan September 13, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Taysom Hill belongs at the top.