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Jameis Winston takes over lead in HeismanPundit Straw Poll

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Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has taken over the lead in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday .

Winston captured six of the 10 available first-place votes in the weekly survey of Heisman voters and totaled 22 points in all. He took over the top spot from Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota(1 first-place vote, 7 points), whose performance in a loss to No.5 Stanford dropped him into third place.

Defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was second with 3 first-place votes and 20 total points. Bryce Petty of Baylor (5 points) and AJ McCarron of Alabama (3 points) rounded out the top five.

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

The Heisman Straw Poll, 11/12/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 22 (6)

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 20 (3)

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 7 (1)

4. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 5

5. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 3

6. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 2

7. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford — 1

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18 Responses to “Jameis Winston takes over lead in HeismanPundit Straw Poll”
  1. jimmy53 says: Nov 12, 2013 6:49 PM

    Before people start the “Manziel has better stats” argument, here’s food for thought:

    Manziel has had to throw 4 x’s the amount of 4th quarter than Winston because the A&M defense is terrible.

    Winston also has a higher QB rating, less interceptions, and more yards per attempt.

  2. jimmy53 says: Nov 12, 2013 6:53 PM


    that was supposed to say Mannziel has thrown 4 x’s the amount of 4th quarter passes

  3. firehouse70 says: Nov 12, 2013 7:01 PM

    True, manziel has thrown 2 more pics than all of last yr., but Johnny did absolutely destroy bamas defense which no one has come close. Still games left to see who wins

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 12, 2013 7:02 PM

    Mariota should not be ahead of McCarron NOR Petty, and Mike Evans should be on here ahead of Lynch.

  5. vanmorrissey says: Nov 12, 2013 7:04 PM

    How far the mighty Clowney has fallen.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 12, 2013 7:13 PM

    Right now, Winston is a the no brainer #1 and #2 is Manziel or Mariota, with myself leaning towards Johnny Football. (I’m obviously biased)

    Shayne Skov being on this list and Mike Evans not it just stupid.

  7. sfsugator says: Nov 12, 2013 7:31 PM

    Heisman might as well be a quarterback award. Which is lame.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 12, 2013 7:38 PM

    If Gurley hadn’t gotten hurt and Georgia was a 0 or 1 loss team he’d be in the top 3.

  9. chinahand11 says: Nov 12, 2013 8:05 PM

    Who will win the Manning Award?

  10. mrlitl says: Nov 12, 2013 8:59 PM

    So all the best players are quarterbacks??

  11. longtallsam says: Nov 12, 2013 9:04 PM

    mrlitl says: Nov 12, 2013 8:59 PM
    So all the best players are quarterbacks??

    If you include the mental as well as physical aspect, probably so.

  12. longtallsam says: Nov 12, 2013 9:12 PM

    vanmorrissey says: Nov 12, 2013 7:04 PM
    How far the mighty Clowney has fallen.

    I said before the season started, when Clowney was showing up on the Heisman watch lists, that there was no way for him to finish in the top five.

    It is too easy for teams to run plays away from a player like Clowney, so there would be no way for him to match last year’s stats, much less exceed them. He is still an outstanding defensive end, even without the stats he had last year. Plus, he has been injured much of the year.

  13. Deb says: Nov 12, 2013 9:41 PM

    If this is the most accurate predictor of the actual vote, it’s a little baffling. Manziel has been a terrific college QB, but it’s hard to believe they’d really consider giving it to him again. It’s not character concerns but a belief that no one really deserves two of these things.

  14. chadm29 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:15 AM

    1. Jameis “Squinty” Winston
    2. AJ McCarron
    3. Johnny Manziel

    Those are clearly the top 3 candidates in some order. Mariota looked like crap on his team’s biggest stage of the year. He shouldn’t even be in the top 5 after that. I’m not sure what the best defense Winston has faced this year is. I’d like to see how he does vs Va Tech’s D in the ACC championship game if that’s the matchup. McCarron owns 3 NC rings already…THREE!!! 2 of them as a starter and working on a 3rd. That’s insane! Now I know the Heisman isn’t a team award, but the guy has performed in big situations…and it may not be a “career” award, but it has to count for something. It would be nuts for the most championship decorated QB in college football history to not at least be a finalist and invited to the Heisman ceremony. If it’s just a stats thing, then they should save the drama and give it every year to the QB who plays in a fast, no huddle offense that throws for the most yards. Personally, I think it should come down to Winston vs McCarron for the Heisman…kinda like how the NC game might work out. Manziel is awesome, but he won it last year…and his team has 2 losses already. NOT his fault I know, but losses are losses…they matter.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:25 AM

    ^^^ probably the most sensible comment here.

  16. waynefontes says: Nov 13, 2013 7:28 AM

    Winston at this point should win the Heisman. He has had an amazing year, the best for a QB since Cam Newton.

    I love Johnny Football, but there is no way he wins the Heisman if stats are considered equal. After all the drama off the field, he won’t repeat.

    The Heisman voters are like the Oscar voters – it’s all political. “Dances With Wolves” over “Goodfellas”.

    Winston not only is going to win, but he should win.

    Johnny Football has had some great moments, but also some terrible decision making. Winston acts and plays like he’s been there for years.

    It’s his to lose. I don’t think he’ll lose it.

  17. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Nov 13, 2013 1:04 PM

    The thing you have to ask yourself about a guy like AJ MaCarron is would Alabama be in the same place they are now if they had Winston, Manziel or Mariotta? More than likely. His team is loaded beyond believe with players.

    Would FSU be the #2 team in the country with McCarron as QB? I don’t really believe so.

    And that’s why McCarron won’t win the Heisman and Winston probably will.

    Petty is also horribly underrated here as well. Probably should be #2 on this list.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 13, 2013 5:02 PM

    To me the McCarron has 3 rings argument is the same as the Robert Horry has 7 rings argument.

    While McCarron has been a good player, I don’t think Alabama wins because of him like A&M wins because of Manziel. Alabama is an outstanding team with outstanding coaching and McCarron manages the game very well. I just don’t see McCarron as an outstanding QB, like I do with Winston and Manziel.

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