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