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Marcus Mariota tops HeismanPundit’s preseason Heisman Straw Poll

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Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota leads the 2014 preseason HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, released on Wednesday (Aug. 27).

This year’s early survey saw the Ducks quarterback collect six first-place votes from the 10-person panel of Heisman voters from around the country. Mariota totaled 24 points to finish five points in front of last season’s trophy winner, Jameis Winston of Florida State, who had three first-place votes and 19 total points.

“It’s Mariota’s turn,” said one voter. “He’s a really talented player who should have a great season for a Ducks team that should challenge for a national title. If he stays healthy, he’ll win.”

Thought Mariota is the front runner, Winston’s strength in the survey shows that, just like Billy Sims, Ty Detmer, Jason White, Matt Leinart, Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel before him, he’s not going to go down quietly in his quest for that elusive second Heisman.

UCLA junior quarterback Brett Hundley was third in the balloting with six points, while Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty was fourth with five points. Hundley’s teammate, linebacker/running back Myles Jack, picked up the panel’s other first-place vote to place fifth.

Running back Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, defensive tackle Leonard Williams of USC and wide receiver Ty Montgomery of Stanford also appeared on ballots.

It’s important to keep in mind that the HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll is merely a snapshot of what voters are thinking at the moment. No preseason top selection in the poll’s history has ever gone on to actually win the Heisman.

“It provides a starting point for the race and shows us what voters are thinking heading into the season,” said Chris Huston, who runs HeismanPundit.com. “But historically it hasn’t been a prediction of where the race will end up.”

Now in its ninth season, the HeismanPundit.com 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 eight seasons, with the final 2012 edition correctly picking the top five finishers while the final 2011 survey nailed the top seven. This year’s poll is made up of 10 anonymous Heisman voters from across the country selecting three players each. 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 HeismanPundit.com.

The 2014 preseason HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

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

2. Jameis Winston, So., QB, Florida State — 19 (3)

3. Brett Hundley, Jr., QB, UCLA — 6

4. Bryce Petty, Sr., QB, Baylor — 5

5. Myles Jack, So., LB/RB, UCLA — 3 (1)

6. (tie) Leonard Williams, Jr., DT, USC — 1

Melvin Gordon, Jr., RB, Wisconsin — 1

Ty Montgomery, Sr., WR, Stanford — 1

Previous preseason straw poll selections (with eventual finish in parentheses)

2013 — Johnny Manziel (5th)

2012 — Matt Barkley (n/a)

2011 — Andrew Luck (2nd)

2010 — Mark Ingram (n/a)

2009 — Tim Tebow (5th)

2008 — Tim Tebow (3rd)

2007 — Darren McFadden (2nd)

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Jameis Winston tops final 2013 HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

For the second year in a row, a redshirt freshman has topped the college football season’s final HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston collected seven out of 10 possible first-place votes and totaled 23 points from the weekly survey of Heisman voters, putting him on the verge of becoming a landslide winner of the most prestigious trophy in sports.

The result comes just five days after Florida state authorities decided against charging Winston for felony sexual assault and two days after the freshman led the Seminoles to a 45-7 victory over Duke in the ACC title game to complete an undefeated regular season.

To get to this point, Winston set NCAA freshman records this season for passing yards (3,820) and passing touchdowns (38) and produced a passer rating of 190.06, just below the all-time efficiency mark of 191.78 held by Russell Wilson of Wisconsin. If, as the poll predicts, Winston goes on to win the Heisman, he’ll do so with the highest passer rating in the trophy’s history.

He will be the third Florida State player to win the Heisman and first since Chris Weinke did so in 2000, which was also the last time the Seminoles made it to the BCS national title game. He’s also set to be the youngest player to win the trophy, beating out Alabama’s Mark Ingram by 14 days.

“He’s been spectacular all season,” said one voter. “Florida State has been a juggernaut on offense and he’s the main reason for it. No other candidate has been as consistent as he has been.”

The lack of consistency by other candidates in the race is reflected in the poll’s results, which includes a HeismanPundit Straw Poll-record 12 players in the final balloting, topping the 11 selected in 2009′s final poll (when Mark Ingram defeated Toby Gerhart by the closest vote in Heisman history).

If this year’s poll is correct, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch will take second in the race and claim the highest Heisman finish by a non-BCS-conference player in the BCS era. Lynch grabbed two first-place votes to finish with eight points, well behind Winston’s total.

Defending winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and running back Tre Mason of Auburn tied for third, as Mason picked up the last first-place vote.

Alabama’s AJ McCarron was fifth with six points.

Now in its eighth season, the HeismanPundit.com 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 picked 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 was released on Tuesdays throughout the season at HeismanPundit.com. Heisman votes are due on Monday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m ET. The finalists for the 2013 Heisman Trophy ceremony will be announced at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 and the trophy will be awarded on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 12/9/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 23 (7)

2. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 8 (2)

3. (tie) Tre Mason, RB, Auburn — 7 (1)

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 7

5. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 6

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

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State — 2

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

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 1

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 1

Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford — 1

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh — 1

Number of ballots
Winston — 8
Lynch — 4
McCarron — 4
Manziel — 4
Mason — 3

Everyone else — 1

Past 2013 Poll Leaders

Date/Leader
Preseason, Johnny Manziel
Sept. 3, Tajh Boyd
Sept. 10, Teddy Bridgewater
Sept. 17, Johnny Manziel
Sept. 24, Johnny Manziel
Oct. 1, Johnny Manziel
Oct. 8, Johnny Manziel
Oct. 15, Marcus Mariota
Oct. 22, Marcus Mariota
Oct. 29, Marcus Mariota
Nov. 5, Marcus Mariota
Nov. 12, Jameis Winston
Nov. 19, Jameis Winston
Nov. 26, Jameis Winston
Dec. 3, Jameis Winston

The Last Six Years of the Heismanpundit.com Straw Poll

Final 2012 HP Poll
1. Johnny Manziel
2. Manti Te’o
3. Collin Klein
4. (tie) Marqise Lee
4. (tie) Braxton Miller
6. Kenjon Barner

Final 2011 HP Poll
1. Robert Griffin III
2. Andrew Luck
3. Trent Richardson
4. Montee Ball
5. Tyrann Mathieu
6. Matt Barkley
7. Case Keenum

Final 2010 HP Poll
1. Cameron Newton
2. Andrew Luck
3. (tie) LaMichael James
3. (tie) Kellen Moore
5. Justin Blackmon
6. Denard Robinson

Final 2009 HP Poll
1. Mark Ingram
2. Toby Gerhart
3. Colt McCoy
4. Ndamukong Suh
5. Kellen Moore
6. Tim Tebow

Final 2008 HP Poll
1. Sam Bradford
2. Tim Tebow
3. Colt McCoy
4. Graham Harrell
5. Michael Crabtree
6. Shon Greene

Final 2007 HP Poll
1. Tim Tebow
2. Darren McFadden
3. Colt Brennan
4. Chase Daniel
5. Pat White
6. Dennis Dixon

2012 Actual Results
1. Johnny Manziel
2. Manti Te’o
3. Collin Klein
4. Marqise Lee
5. Braxton Miller

2011 Actual Results
1. Robert Griffin III
2. Andrew Luck
3. Trent Richardson
4. Montee Ball
5. Tyrann Mathieu
6. Matt Barkley
7. Case Keenum

2010 Actual Results
1. Cam Newton
2. Andrew Luck
3. LaMichael James
4. Kellen Moore
5. Justin Blackon
6. Denard Robinson

2009 Actual Results
1. Mark Ingram
2. Toby Gerhart
3. Colt McCoy
4. Ndamukong Suh
5. Tim Tebow
6. C.J. Spiller

2008 Actual Results
1. Sam Bradford
2. Colt McCoy
3. Tim Tebow
4. Graham Harrell
5. Michael Crabtree
6. Shon Greene

2007 Actual Results
1. Tim Tebow
2. Darren McFadden
3. Colt Brennan
4. Chase Daniel
5. Dennis Dixon
6. Pat White

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Jameis Winston leads penultimate HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

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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.

Now in its eighth season, the HeismanPundit.com 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 HeismanPundit.com. The final poll will come out next Monday, Dec. 9.

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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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 HeismanPundit.com 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 HeismanPundit.com.

The HeismanPundit.com 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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Winston hangs on to lead in latest HP Straw Poll; Petty surges

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Reports of an investigation into allegations surrounding Jameis Winston have done little to dampen the enthusiasm of voters for his Heisman candidacy, as the Florida State freshman quarterback once again led the HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Winston captured six out of 10 first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters, and totaled 20 points, down slightly from his 22-point total last week, but still ahead of second-place Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who also dropped a couple points (2 first-place votes, 18 points).

The biggest gainer since the last poll was Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, who seemingly culled support from both Winston and Manziel to move into third with 11 points and a first-place vote.

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who led the poll as recently as a couple weeks ago, dropped into fourth place with six points and one first-place vote.

Now in its eighth season, the HeismanPundit.com 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 HeismanPundit.com.

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 11/19/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 20 (6)

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 18 (2)

3. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 11 (1)

4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon  – 6 (1)

5. (tie) AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 2

Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 2

7. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College — 1

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Jameis Winston takes over lead in latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

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Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has taken over the lead in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Nov. 12).

Winston captured six of the 10 available first-place votes in the weekly survey of Heisman voters and totaled 22 points in all. He took over the top spot from Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (1 first-place vote, 7 points), whose performance in a loss to No.5 Stanford dropped him into third place.

Defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was second with 3 first-place votes and 20 total points. Bryce Petty of Baylor (5 points) and AJ McCarron of Alabama (3 points) rounded out the top five.

Now in its eighth season, the HeismanPundit.com 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 HeismanPundit.com.

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 11/12/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 22 (6)

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 20 (3)

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 7 (1)

4. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 5

5. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 3

6. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 2

7. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford — 1

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Marcus Mariota expands lead in HeismanPundit Straw Poll heading into Stanford game

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota expanded his lead in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll just a couple days before undergoing perhaps the biggest test of his candidacy — a prime time showdown with No. 5 Stanford on Thursday night.

Mariota had off last week but still gained strength in the weekly survey of Heisman voters. While he lost one first-place vote from the previous poll, his total points went up due to his appearance on all 10 ballots. The Ducks sophomore tallied 23 total points and 4 first-place votes, putting him ahead of Florida State freshman Jameis Winston, who had 18 points and 3 first-place votes. The Seminoles quarterback appeared on eight ballots.

Gaining a couple points after a six-touchdown performance against UTEP was defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, who closed the gap a bit with Winston by totaling 15 points and 3 first-place votes while appearing on eight ballots.

Baylor Bryce Petty is in fourth with three points, but he could make big gains in next week’s poll by playing well against No. 10 Oklahoma on Thursday night. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, who placed seventh in the Heisman vote last season, was fifth with one point.

Now in its eighth season, the HeismanPundit.com 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 HeismanPundit.com.

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 11/5/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 23 (4)

2. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 18 (3)

3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 15 (3)

4. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 3

5. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 1

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