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Dak Prescott the new leader in HeismanPundit straw poll

Dak Prescott

Mississippi State became college football’s new No. 1 this week thanks to three-straight wins over top 10 teams.

Now, Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott is the Heisman race’s new No. 1 after taking over the lead in HeismanPundit’s latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Oct. 14).

Prescott captured seven out of 10 first-place votes from the weekly survey of Heisman voters from around the country, tallying 25 total points while appearing on nine ballots. Prescott moved to the top spot after finishing second to Georgia running back Todd Gurley last week. The junior has a combined 22 touchdowns running and passing after six games.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota moved back up into second place, close behind Prescott with 21 points and three first-place votes. He has a sterling 17-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio and leads the nation in passing efficiency.

Voters seem settled on the top two candidates in this race at this point, but the rest of the field appears to be in flux.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon took third place in the poll with just four points, while Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper tied for fourth with two points each.

Six other players appeared on ballots and tied for sixth place with one point to their credit, including last week’s poll leader Gurley, who is currently suspended while being investigated for improper dealings with a sports memorabilia dealer.

Washington linebacker/running back Shaq Thompson is one of the those tied for sixth and the first defensive player to appear in the HP poll during the 2014 season.

Now in its ninth season, HeismanPundit.com’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 HeismanPundit.com. .

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10/14/2014

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Dak Prescott, QB, Miss. State — 25 (7)

2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 21 (3)

3. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin — 4

4. (tie) Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 2

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama — 2

6. (tie) Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss — 1

Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame — 1

Buck Allen, RB, USC — 1

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana — 1

Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington — 1

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 1

Number of ballots

Prescott, Mariota — 9

Gordon — 3

Petty  — 2

All others — 1

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Todd Gurley beats out Dak Prescott, takes the lead in latest HeismanPundit poll

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A tumultuous weekend in college football has led to a shakeup in the Heisman race as well.

Georgia running back Todd Gurley returned to the top spot in HeismanPundit’s latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday, knocking off Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, whose team was upset, 31-24, by Arizona last Thursday night.

It’s the second time this year that Gurley’s been the top choice in the weekly survey, which canvasses a panel of 10 Heisman voters from around the country. He appeared on nine of the 10 ballots, garnering five first-place votes and 23 total points. After five games, Gurley is third in the nation in rushing at 154.6 yards per game.

Dak Prescott of Mississippi State surged into second place following his performance in the Bulldogs’ 48-31 victory over Texas A&M. He also appeared on nine ballots, collecting four first-place votes and 18 total points. This is the first time a player from Mississippi State has appeared in HeismanPundit’s straw poll.

Mariota tumbled from first to third, tallying 11 points while grabbing the remaining first-place vote. He had led the four previous polls and five out of six on the season.

Wisconin running back Melvin Gordon’s 259 rushing yards against Northwestern bumped him into fourth place with six points, while Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper tied for fifth with one point each.

Now in its ninth season, HeismanPundit.com’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 HeismanPundit.com. .

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10/7/2014

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 23 (5)

2. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State — 18 (4)

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 11 (1)

4. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin — 6

5. (tie) Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn — 1

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama — 1

Number of ballots

Gurley, Prescott — 9

Mariota — 6

Gordon  — 4

All others — 1

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Marcus Mariota leads HeismanPundit’s Straw Poll for fourth week in a row

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Oregon’s Marcus Mariota remained on top of HeismanPundit’s latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Sept. 30).

The Ducks quarterback received seven out of 10 first-place votes from the weekly panel, which consists of Heisman voters from around the country. He totaled 23 points to beat out Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who finished second with 18 points while capturing the remaining three first-place votes.

It’s the fourth week in a row (and fifth time in six weeks) that Mariota has led HeismanPundit’s poll. The junior leads the nation in passing efficiency and has totaled 16 touchdowns with no turnovers through four games.

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill moved up to third place with seven points, while Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper dropped from second place to fourth place with five points.

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (4 points), Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon (2 points) and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (1 point) rounded out the rest of this week’s poll.

Now in its ninth season, HeismanPundit.com’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 HeismanPundit.com. .

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 9/30/2014

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 23 (7)

2. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 18 (3)

3. Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M — 7

4. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama — 5

5. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska — 4

6. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin — 2

7. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 1

Number of ballots

Mariota, Gurley — 9

Cooper, Hill — 4

Abdullah  — 3

All others — 1

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

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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, HeismanPundit.com’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 HeismanPundit.com. .

The HeismanPundit.com 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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Marcus Mariota remains atop HeismanPundit Straw Poll

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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.

Now in its ninth season, HeismanPundit.com’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 HeismanPundit.com. .

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

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Mariota retakes lead in Heisman Straw Poll

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has recaptured the lead in HeismanPundit.com’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, HeismanPundit.com’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 HeismanPundit.com. .

The HeismanPundit.com 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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Todd Gurley takes early lead in Heisman race

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Todd Gurley’s 293-yard, four touchdown all-purpose performance in Georgia’s 45-21 victory over Clemson this past Saturday has vaulted the Bulldogs running back to the top of HeismanPundit’s Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Sept. 2).

The junior from Tarboro, N.C., collected five first-place nods from the 10-member panel of Heisman voters from around the country. He appeared on every ballot and totaled 23 points, placing him well ahead of Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill, who placed second with 14 points (and two first-place votes). Hill’s 511 yards passing in A&M’s rout of South Carolina led to the sophomore being named on seven ballots.

Preseason straw poll leader Marcus Mariota dropped to third with three first-place votes and 13 points. Oregon’s showdown with Michigan State this coming Saturday will present an early-season test for the Ducks quarterback.

Reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston dropped to fourth place with five points. Five other players — three of them with the surname Hill — tallied one point each.

Now in its ninth season, HeismanPundit.com’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 HeismanPundit.com. .

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 9/2/2014

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 23 (5)

2. Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M — 14 (2)

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 13 (3)

4. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 5

5. (tie) Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska — 1

Tyreek Hill, RB, Oklahoma State — 1

Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA — 1

Jordan Westerkamp, WR, Nebraska — 1

Taysom Hill, QB, BYU  — 1

Number of ballots

Gurley — 10

Kenny Hill  — 7

Mariota — 5

Winston — 3

The rest — 1 each

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