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Manziel back on top of Heisman Poll

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Johnny Manziel has once again used a huge performance against the Alabama to impress Heisman voters.

The defending Heisman winner retook the top spot in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll thanks to 562 yards and five touchdowns in a losing effort against the Crimson Tide. He opened the season atop the poll before falling off the last few weeks.

“His game against Bama was just what he needed to get back in the race,” said one voter. “He reminded everyone why he won it last year.”

Manziel garnered six first place votes and 20 total points from the weekly panel of Heisman voters. Marcus Mariota of Oregon was second with 16 points and two first-place votes. Alabama’s AJ McCarron (one first-place vote) and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd tied for third with five points each.

Teddy Bridgewater, last week’s poll leader, dropped to fifth with four points after a less-than-stellar effort in a win over Kentucky.

The weekly straw poll surveys 10 actual Heisman voters. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the past seven seasons. It is released every Tuesday during the season on

The Heisman Straw Poll, 9/17/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 20 (6)

2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 16 (2)

3. (tie) AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 5 (1)

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson — 5

5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 4

6. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA — 3 (1)

7. (tie) Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 2

Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado — 2

9. (tie) Duke Johnson, RB, Miami — 1

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 1

Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State — 1

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27 Responses to “Manziel back on top of Heisman Poll”
  1. ancientcougar says: Sep 17, 2013 6:57 PM

    He’s a phenomenal football player.

  2. mcjon22 says: Sep 17, 2013 7:28 PM

    It’ll be a cold day in hell when Johnny Manziel wins another Heisman.

    Sure, he’ll get the invite to New York, but a large amount of the voters will hold the autograph fiasco against him.

  3. electricpatriot says: Sep 17, 2013 7:46 PM

    The BEST player in college football, period. Johnny’s play is heads and shoulders above the rest of the field. He is a game changer and deserves to repeat if his stats are as good or better than last year.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:52 PM

    When push comes to shove, a large % of the voters will hold this past offseason against him. Not saying if that is wrong or right, but it is what it is.

    Plus, if history has taught us anything, the “winner” a few games into the season never comes out on top. Somebody always comes out of the blue the last half of the season.

  5. bronzestarusmc says: Sep 17, 2013 9:07 PM


  6. jjsooner says: Sep 17, 2013 9:57 PM

    No way. AJ McCarron out-performed him to the point of winning ON THE ROAD. He’s a very good player but McCarron beat him head-to-head and he made no mistakes. Get real.

  7. tdub821 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:03 PM

    AJ McCarron?…really?…totally over rated.

  8. bamafan36 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:47 PM

    Johnny Moneybags threw two picks (one for 6, where he also whiffed on the TD saving tackle), and LOST at home. Is THAT the best football player in America? Good lawd, folks! McCarron is a MUCH better QB. The Defensive Coordinator at aTm said that he never witnessed a performance like that in his career. McCarron was checking down at the line of scrimmage, and beating his disguised coverages, and run defenses.

  9. lebesque99 says: Sep 17, 2013 11:17 PM

    TO: bamafan36 & jjsooner

    AJ McCarron will go the way of Greg McElroy &
    John Parker Wilson

    Manziel threw for 462 yards, 5 TDs plus &ran for 98 yards against the Crimson Tide- It was the third highest total in SEC history.
    Guess who had #1 and #2 in total yards??
    His initials are JM.

  10. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 18, 2013 12:16 AM

    Manziel will be in New York, barring injury. McCarron is definitely good, audibles at the line were NFL-esque, but it’ll be hard to shake the game manager stereotype.

  11. dkhhuey says: Sep 18, 2013 12:52 AM

    Johnny Autograph is a punk and karma will catch up to him very soon!!! He does not deserve to be elevated to the heights of the only two time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin!!!

  12. bamafan36 says: Sep 18, 2013 7:20 AM

    While Johnny Moneybags is a talented player, he is NOT the best QB in the SEC, much less the country. He will go the way of Vince Young, who had a decorated college career, but, who’s game just didn’t translate to the NFL. The mistakes that Bama’s D made in Saturday’s game, won’t be made by any NFL team. Moneybags is not built like Vick, Kaepernick, or Wilson. He’s 4′ 7″ tall, and weighs an astonishing 168 lbs. He’s not that good. There is a road map, and better SEC defense’s will shut him down this year!

  13. mbankston says: Sep 18, 2013 8:36 AM

    Johnny (I’m so good I don’t need to play smart) Manziel quite possibly cost his team the game. Two bad picks and throwing the ball up for grabs that resulted in a miracle completion. Sure his numbers were great. However, the goal is winning the game. AJ, on the other hand, the QB of back-to-back National Championships, down by 14 points on the road, scored 35 un-answered points, guided the put-away drive in the 4th Qtr, did exactly what was needed, when it was necessary to win the game. Who do you want for you QB when the game is on the line? It’s not even close. McCarron in a landslide!!!!!

  14. mrsmell says: Sep 18, 2013 8:40 AM

    Manziel is a beast athlete. His talent on the field is something to watch every given Sat. However, the best in the nation rigth now is the guy in the NW by the name of Marcus Mariota.
    I will say this though, at the pace FSU is going, another freshmen to the podium could be very likely.

  15. dman6015 says: Sep 18, 2013 8:59 AM

    Typical thinking. Reward a guy for losing. The game wasn’t as close as the score shows. Alabama defense got tired and lazy in the fourth quarter.

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 18, 2013 9:54 AM

    I can make this comment because I’m a Alabama grad and long time supporter to both
    the school and the program. AJ is a good quarterback. He stays within his skill set.
    AJ was good on Saturday executing what his coaches outlined for him. Alabama killed A&M with a devestating running game behind an unbalanced line with eight blockers and a blocking back. That makes for quite an effective play action.

    Manziel makes the players around him better. You cannot game plan for him because he doesn’t know what he is going to do on any particular play.

    Enjoy Manziel, a player like him comes along once a generation. Should he declare,
    he’ll be drafted. Why? He is growing up. The progression reads he made Saturday
    shows he is a student of the game and guess what?, he’s only going to get better as the season progresses. He’s an immature soon to be 21 year old that is going to be fine.

    Question to the blog, whats to the Heisman race should Johnny Football EXCEED
    his totals from last season. He is on pace to just that.


  17. cedaly1968 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:03 AM

    “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.”

    He will lose on the integrity part. The year Tim Tebow won the Heisman, Florida lost three games. Could he win? Yes. If he wins, the Heisman Trust sends a very bad message to student athletes, it’s okay to cheat and lie as long as you don’t get caught. He won’t win a second trophy.

    He will get drafted to the NFL, but he won’t play any more than 3-5 years at best. His attitude will derail him and while his talent is undeniable, you have to be a strong leader to succeed in the NFL and I don’t see that in him. It’s a shame…

  18. mlvielhaber says: Sep 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    Tebow and RGIII both lost a few games when they won. It’s not a team award. It’s for the best player and he’s without a doubt the best player in college football. If with their defensive deficiencies they have a real opportunity to have a great season because you’d be hard pressed to find a defense that can stop that offense. Cedaly1968, you think you know his attitude and how it relates to football, but you don’t. When he’s on that football field he’s focused and dedicated. You won’t hear any different from anybody who knows. People think he just spent the off season partying and signing autographs, but he spent a lot of time trying to improve his game. And from the looks of it, he’s succeeded. Whether he has a successful career in the NFL though is irrelevant to this discussion.

  19. pushingiron says: Sep 18, 2013 2:22 PM

    Some of you people didn’t watch the game on Sunday. Johnny’s two picks came when freshmen WRs didn’t make the catch. The first in the endzone the fish didn’t finish his route, he quit as Johnny threw the ball, the second pick was deflected off of the wr who was also mauled in what should have been a pass interference call. Watch it in slow-mo, you will see it. I can’t defend Johnny’s immaturity in social media, but some of you act like he committed a bunch of felonies, he didn’t, he is just a young kid. His on the field play was spectacular. AJ is a fine QB, and I believe he has a successful pro career ahead of him. He is a leader and plays well in a pro style offense. Johnny Manziel is a freak of an athlete we only see once in a generation. Alabama had the best team on the field, A&M had the best player on the field. It wasn’t even close. If A&M had any defense at all they would have won this game.

  20. bamafan36 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:03 PM

    Did YOU watch the game? Take away that freak of a WR (he is like 8′ tall), and his 279 yards receiving (most from broken coverage), and we don’t even have to talk about Johnny Moneybags this year. The pick six was thrown into the back of the helmet of the CB, and Sunseri caught, and ran it back. Again, the best player in CFB WHIFFED trying to tackle a slow Safety. The second pick, he simply overthrew the route, and a mediocre CB picked him in the RZ. Johnny Moneybags is a freak…no doubt. He is a good athlete….no doubt. If Bama had their D in order, it would have been a blow out! Moneybags is not nearly as good as you think. Best player at aTm? Absolutely. Best player in the SEC? Nope. Best in CFB? Not even close! LSU will beat him, too. And, when they go to BR…..he won’t be the best QB in Death Valley that night, either.


  21. 2late2matter says: Sep 19, 2013 2:16 AM

    Until some other player can convince me they are a better Heisman candidate than JM he has my vote for the second straight year.

    Kind of important is the fact that JM was the
    A & M offense last Saturday, no less than Vince Young was for the Texas Longhorns. That one person can generate as many yards to have the team lose the game is a conundrum.

    Hard to believe he is only a Sophomore isn’t it?

  22. taintedlombardis says: Sep 23, 2013 12:43 AM

    Why is he still eligible?

  23. waynefontes says: Sep 24, 2013 11:05 AM

    No way Manziel wins another Heisman, not after the off season he had.

    Right or wrong, it is what it is.

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 24, 2013 1:01 PM


    Check out the accuracy of the Heisman Pundit straw poll.

    Let’s put it this way…if it were held today… Manziel wins.

    That said, it’s a LONG season and things ALWAYS change.

    But if he keeps this pace up and has 10 or more wins… expect to see him sitting next to Mariota, Bridgewater, and McCarron in NY in mid December.

  25. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 24, 2013 1:18 PM


    You’re delusional.

    McCarron picked apart a shell of a defense…. Manziel picked apart the #1 defense in the country from last year.

    And Bama didn’t have their defense in order….?? WTF? They’ve been preparing for Manziel and A&M since February. They have been playing replays of the 2012 A&M game in the facilities all year!!! You had an open week to get extra ready and he still torched your defense for almost 600 yards himself. Don’t even tell me that he caught you off guard or you were looking past us to C. State.

    Yes he had 2 picks in the game. The Pick 6 by Sunseri was bad luck. Manziel threw a pretty good back shoulder throw that hit the CB in the head and bounced straight up.

    The endzone pick was the freshman WR’s fault. That’s a fade that is thrown almost immediately and the WR gave up on the route.

    But before you forget, he also had FIVE TD passes….

    To take away Manziels credit because Mike Evans is a beast is to take away McCarron’s credit because Bama has a strong running game and we were playing 8-9 in the box every down.

    Let’s put it this way… I doubt McCarron could put up 564 total yds and 5TDs on the Bama defense….

  26. bamafan36 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:14 PM


    I’m delusional? Which game are you talking about? Last year’s or this year’s? What does our defensive stats from last year have to do with this game? You can certainly believe that Johnny Moneybags has been on their mind since February, but our coach is not yours. I am certain he goes week to week…just like he says. Check out the replays online of both INT’s…..they belong to your QB, because he made the mistakes. The pick 6 hit our CB in the back of his helmet. The second one was a great play by JM…..he threw right to the only person on the field that could catch it…! You had mismatch after mismatch against our DB’s. Heck….I could have thrown for 800 against us that week….and I have a shattered elbow.

    I’ll put it like this…..when your lucky kid wins 3 BCS NCG’s, then you are allowed to mention he and AJ in the same breath. How about that!

  27. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 24, 2013 5:15 PM

    Do you actually watch football or just spout nonsense about it.

    “You can certainly believe that Johnny Moneybags has been on their mind since February, but our coach is not yours. I am certain he goes week to week…just like he says.”

    Then why has he been playing the A&M game on a continuous loop in the practice facility ALL offseason? You and I know he’s had this game circled for a long time and been working on preparations to stop Manziel.

    “Check out the replays online of both INT’s…..they belong to your QB, because he made the mistakes.”

    I don’t have the patience to explain how a fade works.

    “I could have thrown for 800 against us that week….and I have a shattered elbow.”

    That implies again that your defense wasn’t ready… I’ll give you that last year, maybe he overlooked us, but not this year…. not a game that had been dubbed game of the century (game was ridiculously overhyped). It also doesn’t say much about your confidence in your team or your coach, who coaches the DBs himself, if you think a civilian with a shattered elbow could throw for 800 against your D.

    I never said McCarron wasn’t a good QB, and he will probably get an invite to NY this year, hell he might even win it. But to say Manziel is just “lucky” is not only stupid, its naive. It shows that you’re a true homer and can’t appreciate great performances when you see them if they weren’t given by your players.

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