Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota continued to hold a comfortable lead in HeismanPundit.com’s latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Sept. 16).
Mariota captured six out of 10 possible first-place votes from the panel of Heisman voters to remain atop the survey for the second week in a row (and the third time in four weeks). He appeared on all 10 ballots and totaled 23 points to finish ahead of Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who placed second with 16 points and three first place votes.
Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill picked up the other first-place vote to finish third with 10 points.
Jameis Winston of Florida State (7 points), Amari Cooper of Alabama (3 points) and Taysom Hill of BYU (1 point) rounded out the rest of the poll.
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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 9/16/2014
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 23 (6)
2. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 16 (3)
3. Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M — 10 (1)
4. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 7
5. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama— 3
6. Taysom Hill, QB, BYU — 1
Number of ballots
Mariota — 10
Gurley — 8
Kenny Hill — 5
Winston — 4
Cooper — 2