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Marcus Mariota tops USA Today Heisman poll

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the strong leader in the Heisman race, according to a poll of Heisman voters released by USA Today on Monday.

The Ducks sophomore collected 17 of a possible 22 first-place votes to finish well ahead of Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston and Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Bryce Petty of Baylor and A.J. McCarron of Alabama rounded out the top five.

All eight of the players appearing on the ballots were quarterbacks, which shouldn’t be a shock considering 11 of the last 12 winners have been quarterbacks.

The results for the poll are well in line with recent polls done by and ESPN.

Breaking down the ballots (three points are awarded for a first-place votes, two for second and one for third):

1. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 17 firsts-3 seconds-1 third=58 points

2. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: 3-11-6=37

3. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 1-7-9=26

4. QB Bryce Petty, Baylor: 1-0-1=4

5. QB AJ McCarron Alabama: 0-0-3=3

QB Derek Carr, Fresno State: 0-1-0=2

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: 0-0-1=1

QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State: 0-0-1=1

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7 Responses to “Marcus Mariota tops USA Today Heisman poll”
  1. bdale977 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:55 PM

    Interesting that Jameis got more votes then Manziel. GOOO MARIOTA!

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 22, 2013 12:01 AM

    Is this a joke? Mariota has done nothing but run 7 on 7 drills all season, GOODNESS.

  3. txnative61 says: Oct 22, 2013 1:41 AM

    Just make the Heisman about Quarterbacks, and make another award for every other position. I guess Running Backs would always win that one—oh well, just sayin—-back in the day!

  4. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 22, 2013 2:50 AM

    No, he just makes it look like 7 on 7.

  5. thegonz13 says: Oct 22, 2013 6:17 AM

    Must be a thin class at RB if none are even among the top 10 for the Hype-sman!

  6. classyjacklambert says: Oct 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    Mariota will probably win it due to the soft conference and softer out of conference scheduling. Winston is just as good though.

  7. shaynesm says: Oct 22, 2013 10:07 PM

    Marcus Mariota is not only super talented and a Smart quarterback,but he also has a humble personality- overall likeable person. I believe he truly deserves the award at this point.

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