Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s hot start has catapulted him into third place in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday.
The redshirt freshman has 17 touchdown passes in his first five games, including a 5-TD effort against Maryland this past Saturday. As a result, he collected 11 points and one first-place vote from the weekly panel of Heisman voters.
Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M leads the poll for the fourth week in a row. He tallied 20 points and six first-place votes to beat out Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who had 15 points and two first-place votes.
Aaron Murray of Georgia was fourth with seven points while Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater collected the other first-place vote to place fifth.
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. It’s best seen as a snapshot of the current race, not necessarily a prediction of how it will end up.
The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10/8/2013
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 20 (6)
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 15 (2)
3. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 11 (1)
4. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia — 7
5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 3 (1)
6. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami — 2
7. (tie) Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 1
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson — 1