The revelation that Jameis Winston is under investigation for allegations of sexual battery has not dampened Heisman voters’ enthusiasm for the Florida State freshman quarterback.
On Monday, Winston once again took the top spot in the latest USA Today Heisman Poll which surveys 27 Heisman voters from throughout the Gannett News Service every week.
Winston captured 19 first place votes and totaled 72 points to finish comfortably ahead of Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M (7 first-place votes, 49 points) and Marcus Mariota (1 first-place vote, 21 points).
AJ McCarron (20 points) and Bryce Petty (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
6. (tie) QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois: 0-0-1 = 1
6. (tie) QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State: 0-0-1 = 1
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.