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Jameis Winston hangs on to lead in latest HeismanPundit Poll; Bryce Petty surges

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Reports of an investigation into allegations surrounding Jameis Winston have done little to dampen the enthusiasm of voters for his Heisman candidacy, as the Florida State freshman quarterback once again led the HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday.

Winston captured six out of 10 first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters, and totaled 20 points, down slightly from his 22-point total last week, but still ahead of second-place Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who also dropped a couple points (2 first-place votes, 18 points).

The biggest gainer since the last poll was Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, who seemingly culled support from both Winston and Manziel to move into third with 11 points and a first-place vote.

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who led the poll as recently as a couple weeks ago, dropped into fourth place with six points and one first-place vote.

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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 11/19/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 20 (6)

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 18 (2)

3. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 11 (1)

4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon  – 6 (1)

5. (tie) AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 2

Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 2

7. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College — 1

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7 Responses to “Jameis Winston hangs on to lead in latest HeismanPundit Poll; Bryce Petty surges”
  1. mehtoolazy says: Nov 19, 2013 10:25 PM

    I’d love to see C.J. Mosley on this list.

  2. gquesen says: Nov 19, 2013 11:26 PM

    I’m not trying to make a Mariota for heisman stump speech. Clearly, that ship has sailed. But people have to give this guy more respect. He hasn’t thrown an INT since they played Stanford…last year. How does that not resonate with people? He nearly brought them back against Stanford this year with a bum knee. The funny thing is, as much as people focus on Manziel, the NFL scouts sure seem to like Mariota a lot. If he played for Alabama, who tried to flip him from Oregon, he would be a legend. I’m just hopeful the Stanford loss makes him postpone the NFL for one more shot at the title. Seriously, this guy is for real. By the way, I like all of these quarterbacks. But because he plays in the Northwest, people just don’t want to give him props.

  3. randywith8as says: Nov 19, 2013 11:40 PM

    Mariota has the best stats and has played the toughest schedule out all of them… But a loss to Stanford when his knee was messed up drops him out of it.

    SMH

  4. jdillydawg says: Nov 19, 2013 11:53 PM

    I think regardless of stats, the Heisman also looks at how one performs in the big games. Stanford was a marquee game and a win may have solidified Mariotta as the guy. But a loss 2 years in a row hurts.

    RGIII arguably won it because of his performance against Oklahoma. And Manziel iced it with a win over ‘Bama.

    A bad game this week knocks Petty out, but if he kills it against OK St., look out Winston and Manziel. This is the biggest game of his career.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 20, 2013 9:53 AM

    If anything Bryce Petty’s signature game was against OU, and even that game didn’t really have the drama required for a “Heisman Moment”. RGIII and Manziel both had those moments in huge games against very good competition.

    Petty got really unlucky that UT lost to OSU… That would have been a great spot for him to have that moment in a defacto Big XII title game.

    This is Winston’s trophy to lose though, barring any jaw dropping revelation coming out of this investigation, in which case it would be a damn shame to see a kid lose a Heisman to that.

  6. jdillydawg says: Nov 20, 2013 12:01 PM

    Baylor hasn’t won in Stillwater since 1939, and they’re going up against a pretty darn good Ok. St team this weekend.

    If you think Ok. St isn’t as good a match as UT, consider that Baylor and Ok. St are the only two teams in the country right now with nationally ranked teams in football and basketball – both mens and womens. This is about a changing of the guard as much as it is about a Big12 title and national championship aspirations.

    How much more drama do you need?

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 20, 2013 3:40 PM

    Are you really arguing for Petty’s Heisman on the merits of Baylor and Ok. St.’s women’s basketball team?

    And I’m not sure why you’re referencing Baylor not winning in Stillwater since 1939… Baylor has never beaten OU in Stillwater.

    And as far as drama…. RGIII led a GW drive with a GW TD bomb that beat a top 10 OU team, when Baylor had NEVER beaten OU before in 20 attempts.

    Manziel made a jaw dropping play after dropping the ball and then delivering a TD pass to beat the #1 team in the country on the road.

    Look, I’m not saying that Ok. St. is a bad program, but I am saying that had Texas been undefeated in conference going into the Baylor game, it would have been a much better stage than Ok. St. can provide.

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