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Jameis Winston remains on top of USA Today Heisman Poll

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston remained on top of the latest USA Today Heisman Poll released on Monday despite the dark legal cloud that continues to hang over this candidacy.

What’s more, the race looks as wide open as ever, with several candidates emerging as viable contenders down the stretch.

Winston collected 21 first-place votes and 70 total points to stay ahead of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron (5 first-place votes, 45 points) and Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (1 first-place vote, 18 points).

Boston College running back Andre Williams (9 points) surged into a tie for fourth with defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

The poll surveys 27 Heisman voters from Gannett each week.

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: 21-3-1 = 70

2. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama: 5-13-4 = 45

3. QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois: 1-4-7 = 18

4. (tie) QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 0-2-5 = 9

4. (tie) RB Andre Williams, Boston College: 0-2-5 = 9

6. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 0-1-2 = 4

7. (tie) QB Derek Carr, Fresno State: 0-1-0 = 2

7. (tie) QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State: 0-1-0 = 2

7. (tie) RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona: 0-0-2 = 2

10. DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh 0-0-1 = 1

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32 Responses to “Jameis Winston remains on top of USA Today Heisman Poll”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Nov 25, 2013 7:41 PM

    It’s getting harder to believe charges are gonna be pressed.

  2. jimmy53 says: Nov 25, 2013 7:57 PM

    I love it when the media says that the “heisman race is wide open” while also reporting figures such as Winston having 21 first place votes and the next person having 5.

    Doesn’t seem so wide open to me……

  3. blacknole08 says: Nov 25, 2013 8:12 PM

    Winston is the Heisman winner. Period. Without the investigation this wouldn’t even be a debate.

  4. blacknole08 says: Nov 25, 2013 8:14 PM

    Oh and A.J. McCarron is a GLORIFIED game manager. He’s having an average year and is only getting pub for the Heisman based on his past accomplishments.

    BAMA’s defense is what has carried this team during their title runs and he, like Greg McElroy before him, are just along for the ride.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 25, 2013 8:49 PM

    There won’t be any charges, and the voters are doing the prudent thing by not being swayed by the flimsy and increasingly and obviously baseless allegations.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:22 PM

    I wouldn’t knock McCarron, he doesn’t make mistakes. And their secondary (which, if they do face FSU is in for a CLINIC with those shoddy, inexperienced corners) is a weak link. Alabama had a much better defense in 2010-2012, so you can’t really discount McCarron.

  7. blacknole08 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:55 PM

    I’m not knocking McCarron. I’m just saying he isn’t the sole reason his team is winning. He doesn’t make mistakes, but that’s what a game manager does. Limit mistakes, make safe throws, and don’t turn the ball off. That’s McCarron. When he won those championships he had T-Rich and Eddie Lacey to hand the ball off to. He’s got Yeldon and Drake now. He has been rather pedestian in some games.

    Winston is a difference maker. Take away Winston from FSU and we sure as hell wouldn’t be undefeated.

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 25, 2013 10:56 PM

    So what happens if the State of Florida decides to let a jury decide?

  9. blacknole08 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:59 PM

    I agree though that Winston would light up Bama’s secondary. Bama’s front seven is just that good it has kept the secondary from being exposed on a weekly basis.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:05 PM

    amosalanzostagg says: Nov 25, 2013 10:56 PM

    So what happens if the State of Florida decides to let a jury decide?
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    Won’t get there. No competent DA takes a case to trial when he isn’t at the very least confident that there is a chance he can win. This case literally isn’t nothing but a brush fire made out of a sheet of paper, matches and lies.

  11. blacknole08 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:11 PM

    amosalanzostagg says: Nov 25, 2013 10:56 PM

    So what happens if the State of Florida decides to let a jury decide?

    ————————————————————

    Decide what? The accusations are baseless and have no merit. Too much innuendo and inconsistency on the part of the accuser. No DA would touch this with a 10 foot pole.

  12. Deb says: Nov 26, 2013 12:02 AM

    @blacknole08 …

    You sure do mouth off a lot. You’re welcome to Winston. I’ll keep my game manager and the two crystal trophies he’s earned as a starter. As for whether your, a-hem, “headline maker” will light up our secondary … my only concern right now is the Iron Bowl. But the nice thing about our game manager is that he does his talking–and makes his headlines–on the field.

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:05 AM

    Someone’s nervous… nothing that happened prior to 2013 is going to have anything to do with that game in January.

  14. Deb says: Nov 26, 2013 12:15 AM

    If you’re talking to me, Mr. Wright, I’m not nervous and not interested in your QB’s legal problems. If Alabama survives the Iron Bowl and the SEC Championship to wind up facing Florida State in a title game, I fully expect to see Winston quarterbacking the Seminoles and look forward to the matchup. I’m sure it would be a good game.

    I’m simply responding to the guy who’s been slamming my quarterback up and down this thread. I don’t troll, nor do I pick arguments. But when someone slams my conference, team, coach, players, or the South … I do defend my own.

  15. pike573 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:45 AM

    So clearly when it comes to voting time… McCarron

  16. mnolefan1999 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:57 AM

    “My conference” God that’s gay

  17. jhagman99 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:02 AM

    ““My conference” God that’s gay”

    Won’t speak for Deb or knock her for anything since she’s one of the good Bama fans, but I notice Gators round these parts say that a LOT.

    In 2006 and 2008 they loved going around to their FSU-USF-UM friends/alums and arrogantly wagging their fingers in faces, reminding everyone that you never go against your state when it’s championship time. “Oh, if it were FSU vs. Ohio State, I would pull for FSU because it’s good for Florida!”

    When posing that question now, all of them instantly backtrack and say that their loyalty to the SEC comes first and foremost. Typical.

  18. nipper6 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:11 AM

    Hey Blacknoleo8, The Bama offense has outscored their opponents 438-102, with 42 of those points coming in the A&M game. And after spotting A&M to 14 points, AJ led Bama to an unanswered 31 points. I don’t know if you realize this or not, but if you think that the defense is the only reason Alabama stays at the top, you have missed a great offensive show this year. And, if TJ Yeldon was on any other team, he would have gained a thousand more yards rushing this year. Coach Saban splits his offensive juggernaut almost exactly in half: # passes=’s #rushes.
    Roll Tide!

  19. blacknole08 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:20 AM

    I’m simply responding to the guy who’s been slamming my quarterback up and down this thread. I don’t troll, nor do I pick arguments. But when someone slams my conference, team, coach, players, or the South … I do defend my own.

    ——————————————————-

    Deb, I’m not gonna do this with you. I respect what you have to say most of the time and you seem pretty reasonable, but I stated my opinion on McCarron and if you are too thin-skinned to accept some criticism regarding your QB (Or BAMA in general), then that’s on you.

    Show me where I said McCarron wasn’t a winner. I didn’t. I just said he was a game manager who was/is the beneficiary of a great defense and great running attack. His rings speak for themselves.

    And trust me, sweetheart, I don’t just go off running my mouth about things I know nothing about. Hopefully you can learn to do the same.

  20. blacknole08 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:23 AM

    @Nipper, If Texas A and M had any semblance of a defense, they would have blown you guys out! And look what Manziel did to that secondary. Winston would absolutely shred them.

  21. dcole001 says: Nov 26, 2013 9:21 AM

    If Jameis Winston is going to be charged sure hope it happens in the next 2 weeks. Would not be fair to the other players being considered if Jameis Winston win it and then is charged 2 weeks later.

  22. nipper6 says: Nov 26, 2013 9:21 AM

    @blacknoleo8- You’re kidding, right? You say you don’t go running your mouth off, and then you state crap like “if A&M had any semblance of a defense”? Alabama has played 11 games this year, and not one of the teams that they played “had any semblance of a defense” enough to stop them. McCarron has over 2000 yards passing,(with him missing about 3/4 of the second half of the games played), T.J. Yeldon has over 1000 yards, the other backs total up to about another 1000 yards. Manziel’s ability to pass against Alabama was due only to his scrambling ability, because he was just about “in the grasp” a dozen times, escaped, threw the ball up in the air, and with several Bama defenders around them, his guys came down with the ball. He is amazing, I grant you.A&M scored 42 points against Bama, and the other 10 teams averaged 6.6 PPG. We will see who lights up Alabama, maybe in a couple of years!
    Roll Tide!

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 26, 2013 9:55 AM

    A couple of things….

    @Mr Wright 212
    “Won’t get there. No competent DA takes a case to trial when he isn’t at the very least confident that there is a chance he can win.”

    Aren’t we talking about the same guy who took Travis Johnson to court with a sexual assault case that was SO bad, he was acquitted by 12 women in 20 minutes?

    Also, to call Bama’s secondary a weakness when they’ve given up the 7th fewest pass yards in the country is a bit odd… Sure Johnny Football lit them up, but other than LSU, who hasn’t he lit up? If you take the A&M game out of the equation, the Tide are giving up 144 per game in the air, which would make them the best pass D in the country. And FSU doesn’t have a Mike Evans type receiver either to pick on those “shoddy, inexperienced” corners like A&M did.

    Let’s put it this way, even with Manziel dropping 42 on them, they still won, and still have the best scoring D in the country. Bama has given up 7 passing TDs this year… 5 were to A&M…. that leaves only 2 to the rest of their schedule….

    I think FSU is a hell of a football team and Bama may not even be favored in this game. I think as a pure passer, Winston may be the best in the country. But if you think you’re gonna walk in to Pasadena and just roll over Bama, you probably have another thing coming…

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 26, 2013 10:09 AM

    blacknole08 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:23 AM

    @Nipper, If Texas A and M had any semblance of a defense, they would have blown you guys out! And look what Manziel did to that secondary. Winston would absolutely shred them.
    _____________________________

    You’re basically saying that Bama doesn’t have a secondary because they had 1 bad game in the 2nd game of the year on the road in a very hostile environment playing the best combo of a QB and WR in CFB….?

    You don’t think that maybe they have gotten better since?

  25. mogogo1 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:31 AM

    Can’t remember a year like this before where it seemed like nobody really wanted to win it. Mariota, Manziel, etc. Everybody except Winston killed their chances on multiple occasions and Winston managed to get embroiled in a sex assault scandal.

  26. Deb says: Nov 26, 2013 11:53 AM

    @blacknole08 …

    The all-caps on “glorified” were a bit much. jimmy53 had already pointed out the wide gap between Winston and McCarron, so there’s no need to start ripping A.J.–much less in multiple posts.

    Would I like to see A.J. win the Heisman? Sure. But when you grow up a Bama fan, you don’t focus on the stiff-arm trophy. It’s a Bear thing. I don’t expect it, and my only real wish is that Manziel not get it a second time.

    As for the “gayness” of supporting the SEC … guess my brother agrees. He’s down from Tuscaloosa and just told me he hates the SEC cheer. But I like to think of us as one big happy dysfunctional family :)

  27. matt24bucs says: Nov 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    You gotta be kiddin’! I live in sw Florida and from what i’ve seen, Manziel is far better than anyone else.

  28. blacknole08 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:31 PM

    Deb says: Nov 26, 2013 11:53 AM

    @blacknole08 …

    The all-caps on “glorified” were a bit much.

    ——————————————————–

    Wow really? Well we are talking about the heisman here. You don’t give it to someone based on career accomplishments, you give it to the best player THAT year.

    Put Winston or heck even Manziel under center at BAMA and they would never lose.

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:06 PM

  30. blacknole08 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:13 PM

    LOL Mr. Wright that guy on the phone was a complete idiot!

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:35 PM

    He sounds verbally like a lot of the people who are posting on social media.

  32. Deb says: Nov 26, 2013 10:58 PM

    Well, blacknole08, I came back and tried to be good-natured about this thing, but clearly, you’re committed to being an ass. So be it.

    This was a post about the Heisman voting, and you are so pissy that A.J. is getting any votes on the same plane with your precious Winston–even though it’s clear he has no chance of winning–that you had to slam him all over the place as a GLORIFIED game manager. It was nasty, SWEETHEART, and you deserved to be slapped down for it. If you can’t take the heat of posting on a blog, then don’t post. I’m tired of your whining because someone spoke back to you.

    Now I’m done with this thread. You can continue to masturbate without me.

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