As I tried to explain earlier this week, Denard Robinson is still the leader for the time being…
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan — 18 (5)
2. (tie) Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 16 (4)
2. (tie) LaMichael James, RB, Oregon — 16 (2)
4. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State — 14 (2)
5. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn–9
6. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford–4
7. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska–1
About the poll
The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis, with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote. The last two years the Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote in 2008 and the top four in 2009.
Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.
Chris Huston, owner of Heismanpundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.
Denard Robinson didn’t vault to the top of the Heisman race in just one week and he wasn’t going to fall from the top in just one week, either. Despite a three-interception game against Michigan State, Robinson still put up solid overall numbers and maintained the faith of Heisman voters…for now. Lurking close by in the race is Kellen Moore (who is unlikely to fall very low or rise very high for a while), LaMichael James and Terrelle Pryor. If Robinson falters against Iowa this week, there will be a free-for-all for the top spot. If Robinson comes through with, well, another Robinson-like performance, then look for his margin to (once again) increase.
From a Voter
“Denard Robinson may very well lose his frontrunner status in the coming weeks with Michigan’s schedule, but he’s been the best player in the nation so far this season. Even in the Wolverines’ loss to Michigan State last Saturday he put up 301 yards of total offense. LaMichael James has been the nation’s best back as Oregon has rolled, and Terrelle Pryor has a chance to make a statement with a big performance against Wisconsin on Saturday. Watch out for Nebraska freshman Taylor Martinez; he’s quickly moving up the list.” — B.J. Schecter, Sports Illustrated.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 15 Iowa at Michigan — This game could go a long way toward determining the Heisman winner. If Robinson bounces back from a sub-par (for him) game last week, then he’s likely to retain his front runner status until the Wolverines play Wisconsin on Nov. 20. If Iowa shuts him down, then it will break the race wide open and give Pryor, Moore and James a chance to move into the top spot.
Player to Watch
Terrelle Pryor — Pryor gets his second real test of the season this Saturday as Ohio State travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin. Pryor was just 5 of 13 for 87 yards against the Badgers last year, but all indications are that his passing has improved markedly. It will be a boon to his Heisman hopes if he can put together a complete game here and lead the Buckeyes to a win.
This Week in Heisman History
Pat Sullivan threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns–at one point completing an SEC-record 13-straight passes–as Auburn beat Georgia Tech, 31-14, in 1971. The Tigers trailed Tech, 7-6, entering the fourth quarter before exploding for 25 points. Sullivan would go on to win the 1971 Heisman Trophy, beating out Ed Marinaro of Cornell and Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma.