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Boston College RB Andre Williams jumps to second in HeismanPundit Staw Poll

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Another ACC player has emerged as a serious contender in this year’s Heisman race.

Boston College running back Andre Williams, fresh off a 263-yard performance that pushed him past the 2,000-yard mark for the season, debuted in second-place in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston held the top spot for the third week in a row, but he saw his point total drop as the result of two voters dropping him off their ballots. Winston grabbed six first-place votes, appearing on just those six ballots, and totaled 18 points.

Williams was close behind with 16 points. He did not garner any first-place votes from the 10-member panel of voters, but his appearance on eight ballots allowed him to leapfrog the rest of the field.

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron grabbed two first-place votes and totaled eight points to move up to third place from fifth last week. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was fourth (1 first-place vote, 7 points) while defending Heisman winnerJohnny Manziel of Texas A&M was fifth (4 points). Oregon’sMarcus Mariota snared the remaining first place vote.

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, 11/26/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 18 (6)

2. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College — 16

3. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 8 (2)

4. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 7 (1)

5. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 4

6. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 3 (1)

7. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 2

8. (tie) Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State — 1

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh — 1

Number of ballots

Williams — 8

Winston — 6

McCarron — 4

Lynch — 4

Manziel — 3

The rest — 1

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9 Responses to “Boston College RB Andre Williams jumps to second in HeismanPundit Staw Poll”
  1. jhagman99 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:11 PM

    “he saw his point total drop as the result of two voters dropping him off their ballots. ”

    Yeah, those guys deserve their voting rights for sure. What morons.

    Willie Meggs is supposedly delaying the announcement until after the ACC title game. Guess he needs to find some way to punish the kid since it’s looking unlikely he can pursue criminal charges.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:13 PM

    Williams deserves all the accolades that he has not gotten to this point, but with Meggs stalling like this when he knows there is nothing to this case, and then the people who are dense enough to allow it to affect their voting, I don’t know which one of them is more embarrassing than the other.

  3. irishdodger says: Nov 26, 2013 6:41 PM

    With all due respect to AJ McCarron…and he deserves all the plaudits he receives for his career, he shouldn’t be in the Heisman conversation. We should be talking about the best player in the nation for the 2013 season. Andre Williams is making a great case. So is Derek Carr. He may not win it, but Manziel IS the Aggies. Without him, they’re not even bowl eligible IMO. I do want to see McCarron get named 1st team All American. This way he’s eligible for the CFB HoF which is a requirement. How weird would it be to win 2 or 3 National Championships as QB and not be eligible for the HoF?

  4. pastabelly says: Nov 27, 2013 9:49 AM

    BC has only won two games when Williams hasn’t rushed for 200 yards. He IS their offense. There is no doubt that without him, BC would not go to a bowl game and likely be winless in the ACC (even below NC State and Virginia). Watching the Maryland game, the announcers were saying what a great job the Maryland defense did on Williams. That was during a 32 rush 263 yard game. McCarron certainly benefits from playing on the best team in the country, but I would have no problem if he were chosen. He will be an NFL starter in the not too distant future.

  5. tommy57 says: Nov 27, 2013 10:07 AM

    Outside of the hard core college football enthusiasts, I’m not sure the Heisman hasn’t lost much of its prestige because of some fairly bad choices. The award was intended to include character along with athletic ability and even scholastic achievement. Sadly, to me, all but the athletics seems to be ignored.

    Awaiting the Heisman award is not akin to waiting for the name of Kanye and Kim’s baby, but its headed in that direction.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 27, 2013 10:23 AM


    If you think that Heisman winners from years past were all angels and always carried themselves with the utmost integrity…. you’re naïve.

    The only difference is now in the information age and social media era, everything these kids are doing is hitting national tv almost the instant they do it.

    The one year I can really remember thinking they made a bad choice was when Adrian Peterson came in 2nd instead of winning. He was maybe the best RB I’ve ever seen in college that year.

  7. bcgreg says: Nov 27, 2013 11:22 AM

    @ 8to80texansblog

    Ty Detmer beating out Rocket Ismail and Major Harris in 1991(?) was a bad one too.

  8. bcgreg says: Nov 27, 2013 11:24 AM

    If Andre Williams goes off on Syracuse with say another 200+ yard game, then he should win the Heisman. Winston is good, but is he the BEST player in college football? I don’t think so.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 27, 2013 11:33 AM

    bcgreg says: Nov 27, 2013 11:22 AM

    @ 8to80texansblog

    Ty Detmer beating out Rocket Ismail and Major Harris in 1991(?) was a bad one too

    LOL, sure… that was 1990, but if I remember correct, Detmer passed for like 5000+ yds that year and over 40 TDs…. pretty stout.

    What’s ironic about that one is my Aggies separated both of Detmer’s shoulders in a Holiday Bowl beatdown that year. I think the Aggies might have won that game by 50. I think they were up by 30 at halftime…

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