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Jameis Winston tops final HeismanPundit Straw Poll

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For the second year in a row, a redshirt freshman has topped the college football season’s final Heisman Straw Poll.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston collected seven out of 10 possible first-place votes and totaled a season-best 26 points from the weekly survey of Heisman voters, putting him on the verge of becoming a landslide winner of the most prestigious trophy in sports.

The result comes just five days after Florida state authorities decided against charging Winston for felony sexual assault and two days after the freshman led the Seminoles to a 45-7 victory over Duke in the ACC title game to complete an undefeated regular season.

To get to this point, Winston set NCAA freshman records this season for passing yards (3,820) and passing touchdowns (38) and produced a passer rating of 190.06, just below the all-time efficiency mark of 191.78 held by Russell Wilson of Wisconsin. If, as the poll predicts, Winston goes on to win the Heisman, he’ll do so with the highest passer rating in the trophy’s history.

He will be the third Florida State player to win the Heisman and first since Chris Weinke did so in 2000, which was also the last time the Seminoles made it to the BCS national title game. He’s also set to be the youngest player to win the trophy, beating out Alabama’s Mark Ingram by 14 days.

“He’s been spectacular all season,” said one voter. “Florida State has been a juggernaut on offense and he’s the main reason for it. No other candidate has been as consistent as he has been.”

The lack of consistency by other candidates in the race is reflected in the poll’s results, which includes a HeismanPundit Straw Poll-record 12 players in the final balloting, topping the 11 selected in 2009′s final poll (when Mark Ingram defeated Toby Gerhart by the closest vote in Heisman history).

If this year’s poll is correct, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch will take second in the race and claim the highest Heisman finish by a non-BCS-conference player in the BCS era. Lynch grabbed two first-place votes to finish with eight points, well behind Winston’s total.

Defending winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was third with seven points, while running back Tre Mason of Auburn picked up the last first-place vote to finish fourth with five points.

Alabama’s AJ McCarron was fifth with four points.

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 picked 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 was released on Tuesdays throughout the season at Heisman votes are due on Monday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m ET. The finalists for the 2013 Heisman Trophy ceremony will be announced at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 and the trophy will be awarded on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The Heisman Straw Poll, 12/9/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 26 (7)

2. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 8 (2)

3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 7

4. Tre Mason, RB, Auburn — 5 (1)

5. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 4

6. (tie) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 2

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State — 2

8. (tie) Andre Williams, RB, Boston College — 1

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 1

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 1

Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford — 1

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh — 1

Number of ballots
Winston — 8
Lynch — 4
McCarron — 4
Manziel — 4
Mason — 3

Everyone else — 1

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13 Responses to “Jameis Winston tops final HeismanPundit Straw Poll”
  1. imacdane says: Dec 9, 2013 5:44 PM

    Is there any doubt that every other quarterback on that list would have put a better performance against Bowling Green than Lynch did?

    If I was a bama fan, I’d be mad that McCarron lost about all of his Heisman cred when his team lost to Auburn, yet Lynch’s status remained largely unchanged after losing to Bowling Green. It’s too bad NIU lost though, I was looking forward to seeing them get killed again in a BCS bowl. Maybe two years in a row would be enough to convince people how inferior the non AQ conferences really are, and then we wouldn’t have guys like Lynch potentially finishing 2nd in the Heisman voting.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    Wait until after the Alamo Bowl and give it to Mariota after he scores 70 on Texas read and react (too late) defense and Mack Brown’s last game as coach of the Horns.

  3. pensman29 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:59 PM

    Heisman is not the most prestigious trophy.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 9, 2013 6:11 PM

    Winston will win in a landslide.

    I’m sorry NIU fans but Lynch at #2 is a joke….

    Tre Mason should be #2 and Lynch should be around #5….

    300+ yds 4 TDs in the SEC CG…. insane.

    (And please spare me the “Jordan Lynch broke 300 rushing yards twice bit… against 98th ranked rush defense C. Mich and 118th ranked rush defense W. Mich)

  5. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 6:27 PM

    You’re behind … the list of finalists is out. AJ got an invite. YAY!!

  6. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 9, 2013 7:02 PM


    Manziel could have made it interesting, but he threw too many interceptions. He was the only reason A+M was top 25 all year though.

  7. imaduffer says: Dec 9, 2013 7:10 PM

    Another Heisman winner that will a bust in the NFL.

  8. tictoccpthook says: Dec 9, 2013 7:24 PM

    FSU’s answer to Tim Tebow is a QB’s character defined by ‘the fact that I associate with questionable women and leave my DNA with them does not mean I’m a rapist’. Therefore my character is not defiled.

    I would not send my daughter to such a school. I hope the Heisman panel thinks we deserve better. As with Nobel Prizes, sometimes they are not awarded at all due to lack of suitable candidates.

  9. mommatocharlie says: Dec 9, 2013 8:06 PM

    Winston has proved, even though charges were dropped, that he is very willing to put himself in questionable positions. I think Tre Mason should get the award, though I’d be satisfied if Johnny Manziel won again. But Winston—no.

  10. lbroberts123 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:38 PM

    Manuel shouldn’t be in the race. I also don’t think McCarron should win because players shouldn’t win off of previous accomplishments. When people consider him they always list what he did in previous years. I’m pretty sure Winston wins but I would really like to see Mason get it instead. Wishful thinking, though.

  11. brucetrimble says: Dec 9, 2013 11:11 PM

    If the voting panelists have any integrity, they will not award the trophy to the QBs from FSU or Texas A and M. Character should matter.

  12. longborer69 says: Dec 10, 2013 6:03 AM

    “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.”

    Under the best scenario for Winston, he cheated on his girlfriend the night before she arrived to visit, having sex with a girl with whom he had such an unstable / minimal relationship that she accused him of rape.

    That’s the best light you can put on his actions, and there are unproven allegations that they were worse.

    “Pursuit of excellence with integrity.” Anyone who watches Winston on the field knows that his excellence is amazing, probably unparalleled in college football this year. But if “integrity” is part of the equation, then sorry, he’s not qualified for that award.

    Manziel’s off-the-field behavior tarnished the last Heisman winner, but at least it came after he was given the award. This time, if the award is given to Winston, the voters and the Heisman trust themselves have tarnished the award itself, by deciding that integrity does not matter.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2013 10:39 AM

    Some of you need to get off your high horse, seriously…

    You act like previous Heisman winners were all angels….

    I’m sorry your guy isn’t going to win but get over it.

    I’m not saying the Winston is or isn’t the best player in CFB, but he is an elite QB on the #1 team in the country….. that guy wins 99 times out of 100.

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