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Jameis Winston jumps to third in latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll

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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 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 It’s best seen as a snapshot of the current race, not necessarily a prediction of how it will end up.

The 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

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21 Responses to “Jameis Winston jumps to third in latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll”
  1. longtallsam says: Oct 8, 2013 8:45 PM

    There is no way Tajh Boyd should be any lower than fourth in this poll. His numbers are better than Murray’s, and he outplayed him head to head. But there seems to be bias against Clemson, going back to about five years ago, when CJ Spiller was clearly the best player in the country and finished sixth. That was a rip-off if their ever was one.

  2. longtallsam says: Oct 8, 2013 8:46 PM

    Sorry…there, not their.

  3. barkleyblows says: Oct 8, 2013 9:02 PM

    No Melvin Gordon? Hahaha

  4. canetic says: Oct 8, 2013 9:49 PM


  5. halbert53 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:51 PM

    Boyd hasn’t overcome his choker image. Late last year and this year I agree he should be in top 4. Not convinced FSU QB is real deal. Murray top pocket passer. The top two being dual threat QBs also hurts Boyd right now.

  6. mcjon22 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:08 PM

    halbert53 says:
    Oct 8, 2013 9:51 PM
    “Boyd hasn’t overcome his choker image. Late last year and this year I agree he should be in top 4. Not convinced FSU QB is real deal. ”

    I guess you don’t watch too much college football? ESPN? Sportscenter? Halftime show highlights?

  7. mcjon22 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:11 PM

    If FSU runs the table, Winston will win the Heisman.

    Not really going out on a limb, I know. Just sayin’

  8. be4bama says: Oct 8, 2013 10:19 PM

    Johnny first then Winston in my book.

  9. mrsmell says: Oct 8, 2013 10:23 PM

    And people laughed at me when I said there is another chance for a Freshman to win it again. Those who have not watched Jamie, I suggest you do, cause it is pretty beautiful. I have a man-crush on Teddy, but man Jamie can run and throw.

  10. mrsmell says: Oct 8, 2013 10:24 PM

    Forgot to add, Duke does not belong. That Miami defense sure does though.

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 8, 2013 10:58 PM

    Winston is superb. Manziel is Manziel, Boyd is Heisman worthy, Metthenburger should in the conversation.Mariota is excellent.

    Shows just how weak the field was last year. T’eo and Klein wouldn’t even make this field.

    It’s Manziel’s to lose, but each one of these players I wouldn’t have a problem winning the Heisman. My fear is that given the attention Manziel received in the off season, another freshman won’t even get a whiff of the Heisman, which is sad because it is suppose to be about what you do on the field that matters.


  12. immunolizard says: Oct 9, 2013 12:11 AM

    No love for Zach Mettenberger LSU QB rating 190.1 107 out of 157 completion percentage 68.2 1738 yards to date 289.7per game 15TDs 2INTs you have to be kiding me. compare that to your top three on your list

  13. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 9, 2013 6:33 AM

    Mettenberger may have done all of those things, but he lost to Georgia. I know that is crazy logic, seeing as Aarin Murray is there and all but there you have it.

  14. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 9, 2013 6:34 AM


  15. unsportsmenmic says: Oct 9, 2013 7:36 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    As some may know my wife (as of Saturday) is a huge Florida State fan and she loves this kid. I want to wait until the Clemson game before I jump on the bandwagon.

  16. longtallsam says: Oct 9, 2013 9:04 AM

    I think there are enough voters that won’t vote for Manziel, because of the off field antics and/or that he won last year, that it will be near impossible for him to win. Boyd or Winston will probably be eliminated after the Clemson-FSU game. The survivor from that game will probably battle it out with Mariotta down the stretch. I don’t see Murray in it unless he is just unbelievable the rest of the way. He only had 190 yards against a mediocre Tennessee. Boyd had 455 against a similar opponent last week.

  17. cjvanhorn says: Oct 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    Reblogged this on THE QUARTERBACK and commented:
    I love me some Famous Jameis Winston! Seriously though, this kid is the real deal (73% completion, TD-to-INT ratio of 17-to-2). Since Notre Dame is back to mediocrity this year, I’m hopping on the Florida State bandwagon for the rest of the season. The Clemson/Florida State showdown that is coming up in two weeks should be a classic. #3 vs #6 in primetime. Really looking forward to it.

  18. nolefan36608 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:43 AM

    As a die hard Nole fan, I kinda hate to hear all the hoopla about Winston….it’s too early! Just let this awesome, grounded, down to earth QB play some football!

  19. ratsfoiledagain says: Oct 9, 2013 2:05 PM

    Of the top 3 guys on the board, here are the opponents combined records:

    Manziel: 16-10
    Mariota: 11-14
    Winston: 17-8

    T A&M has played 3 teams with winning records. One of which is an FCS team.

    Oregon has played 1 team with a winning record, an FCS team.

    FSU has played 4 teams with a winning record,. One of which is an FCS team.

    Take it for what it’s worth. One of these guys has been padding stats vs. horribly teams.

  20. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    Since the Heisman has become about stats and stats alone, I really wish my Ducks would pad stats. We would most likely have had a Heisman winner or close runner-up every year for the last 8 years. Instead, Baylor players are relevant.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    ratsfoiledagain says:
    Oct 9, 2013 2:05 PM

    Yeah but one of the teams A&M played was the #1 team in the country and Johnny Football put up 500+ total yards and 5 TDs on them…. Who’s the best team FSU played? Maryland??

    Whoever wins this weekend between FSU v Clemson will probably move to the top of the poll.

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