Amari Cooper surges into second in HeismanPundit’s latest Heisman straw poll


There’s a new runner up in HeismanPundit’s latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Sept. 23).

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper’s hot start has vaulted him past Georgia running back Todd Gurley into second place in the weekly survey of Heisman voters from around the country.

Cooper sat in fifth place with just three total points in last week’s poll, but his 10-catch, 201-yard, 3-touchdown performance in Alabama’s 42-21 win over Florida resonated with the panel. Cooper tallied 12 points and two first-place votes, while Gurley — runner-up the last two weeks  — dropped to third place with nine points points, including two first-place votes.

Despite Cooper’s surge, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota strengthened his grip on the top spot thanks to a 5-touchdown outing against Washington State. Mariota increased his point total from the previous week, appearing on all 10 ballots while tallying 24 points to go with his six first-place votes. Mariota has led the last three straw polls (and four out of five this season).

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill was fourth (four points), while Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott tied for fifth (three points).

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, 9/23/2014

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 24 (6)

2.Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama — 12 (2)

3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 9 (2)

4. Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M — 4

5. (tie) Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska — 3

Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State — 3

7. (tie) Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina — 2

Taysom Hill, QB, BYU  — 2

9. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh — 1

Number of ballots

Mariota — 10

Cooper — 5

Gurley — 4

Kenny Hill, Ameer Abdullah  — 3

Prescott — 2

All others — 1

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