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Jameis Winston takes the lead in USA Today Heisman Poll

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has taken over the lead in the latest USA Today Heisman Poll, which surveys 29 Heisman voters from around the country.

Winston grabbed 19 first place votes and 72 total points to move comfortably ahead of defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, who notched seven first-place votes and 49 total points.

Previous front runner Marcus Mariota of Oregon was knocked from his perch atop the race after his team lost to Stanford. Mariota grabbed one first-place vote and totaled 21 point to finish third.

A.J. McCarron of Alabama (20 points) and Bryce Petty of Baylor (12 points) rounded out the top five.

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

1. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: 19-6-3 = 72

2. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 7-11-6 = 49

3. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 1-5-8 = 21

4. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama: 1-4-9 = 20

5. QB Bryce Petty, Baylor: 1-3-3 = 12

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15 Responses to “Jameis Winston takes the lead in USA Today Heisman Poll”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2013 6:09 PM

    As he should be.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 11, 2013 7:11 PM

    I agree with that poll though I think Petty should be above McCarron

  3. bigdinla says: Nov 11, 2013 7:22 PM

    Mike Evans should be high on this list. JFF is not on it without him. He has saved JFF so many times it is not funny.

  4. florida727 says: Nov 11, 2013 7:47 PM

    I’m going to sound like an SEC homer, my apologies in advance, but I can’t understand how Manziel can have numbers that dwarf his stats from last year when he won the thing, and not be the top guy this year. And this’ll be straight off the ‘good gosh, he really is a homer’ table, but how does McCarron win 2 straight national titles, possibly a third coming, go 34-2 (so far) as a starting QB and NOT be among the top 2. All he does is WIN. No matter our opinions, the bottom line is, it’s a popularity contest and if your PR department is better than mine, you win. Face it, the Heisman Trust does NOT want another two-time winner. It would blow the mystique off of Archie. They won’t allow that.

  5. jdillydawg says: Nov 11, 2013 8:14 PM

    I agree that Manziel is having a great year, but he’s thrown a lot of interceptions from what I understand. To use a baseball analogy, Babe Ruth hit a ton of homers, but also struck out the most. That’s got to be hurting him some. So, I think his production this year has come at a somewhat higher cost. (Just theorizing on that, though).

    As for McCarron, I think his problem is that his team is too good. For instance, Coach of the Year rarely goes to the coach who wins the title, it always goes to the guy brought his team back from obscurity. With Alabama in the limelight every week, McCarron, sadly, falls in its shadow.

  6. thraiderskin says: Nov 11, 2013 8:58 PM

    Winston is my pick, he is a football player… I can’t handle another summer of manziel watch, I could care less about his numbers.

  7. dcroz says: Nov 11, 2013 10:39 PM

    The bottom line is that the Heisman has largely become not a popularity contest, but a marketability contest. ESPN, in particular, pushes the player(s) that they think they can get the most stories out of while he’s in college, and get the most advertising dollars out of once he turns pro. If Winston wins it, be prepared for an entire offseason of whatever stories they can squeeze out of him, same as Manziel was this past one.

  8. hjworton46 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:28 AM

    I wonder how many of these voters actually watch those they’re voting for play ? Or do they just look at the stat sheet ? This whole system is utterly ridiculous.

  9. tmac4454 says: Nov 12, 2013 9:33 AM

    IMO, JW of FSU is a complete baller. All candidates are exciting to watch every Saturday. Going forward, Manziel hurt his chances with the off the field antics. They will vote for him but he will not win it out bc of it. When is the last time a QB won it for Bama? Stanford knocked Mariota down.. Just watching JW, he is way ahead of his time in this game. He is the real deal….hope that he can continue with his gift and do not let anything sideswipe his gift.

  10. niubears says: Nov 12, 2013 2:37 PM

    TJ Yeldon > McCarron

  11. coltzfan166 says: Nov 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    Winston: 2661 yards, 26 TDs
    McCarron: 2041 yards, 19 TDs
    Petty: 2657 yards, 21 TDs
    Mariota: 2531 yards, 22 TDs

    Manziel: 3313 yards, 31 TDs

    And Manziel was suspended for a half.
    Just saying.

  12. brenenostler says: Nov 12, 2013 2:54 PM

    Kirk Herbstreit even said today he thinks Johnny will win it.

  13. jimmy53 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:03 PM


    The stats are skewed when you consider that Winston is taken out of the game usually by the third quarter and Manziel has to play well into the 4th because the defense is so bad. I’m not saying he’s not a great player, but Jameis has done more with less playing time than any other QB in the country.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:12 PM

    coltzfan166 says: Nov 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    Winston: 2661 yards, 26 TDs
    McCarron: 2041 yards, 19 TDs
    Petty: 2657 yards, 21 TDs
    Mariota: 2531 yards, 22 TDs

    Manziel: 3313 yards, 31 TDs

    And Manziel was suspended for a half.
    Just saying.

    Manziel plays entire games, Winston is out by the 9 minute mark of the 3rd quarter in almost every game.

  15. coltzfan166 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:12 PM


    I’ve been to every Aggie home game this year. Johnny was pulled early vs Sam Houston State and SMU too on top of the 1st half suspension vs Rice as well.

    If Johnny hadn’t broken the 3,000 barrier or 30 TDs barrier, then I would make a stronger statement for Winston.

    I’m just saying cause the winner is usually the one that throws the most TDs in a season.

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