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Athlon Sports' panel of Heisman experts will be voting each week all season long.
Each week of the college football season, Athlon Sports will poll some of the nation's best college football people from every region of the country. Each voter offers up a top five and each first-place vote is worth five points. A second-place vote is worth four points, so on and so forth. With 13 voters, a perfect ballot — i.e., 13 first-place votes — would give a player 65 total points.
College football watched a whole new batch of superstars debut this weekend. Freshman all over the nation joined the party, in particular, at Florida State with Jameis Winston, Penn State with Christian Hackenberg, Oklahoma with Trevor Knight and Texas Tech with Baker Mayfield. This foursome of first-year quarterbacks combined for 1,133 yards passing and 13 touchdowns through the air while adding 132 combined yards on the ground and two more scores. And Winston has quickly found his way into the hearts and minds of Heisman voters.
That said, Week 1's biggest Heisman winner came from the week's biggest team in the week's biggest win. Clemson's Tajh Boyd is now your Athlon Sports Heisman Trophy front-runner.
Post-Week 1 Voting Results:
|2t.||(1)||Braxton Miller||QB||Ohio St||35||1||3||4||3||-|
|5.||(2)||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||17||1||1||1||1||3|
|6.||(ur)||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida St||12||-||1||1||1||3|
|7t.||(4)||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||7||-||1||-||1||1|
Clowney disrespected: After being fourth in the Athlon preseason voting last week and following a workman-like 27-10 win over North Carolina, Clowney has been dropped completely off Heisman ballots by all but three voters. Clowney was visibly tired and claimed a stomach virus slowed him down last week but the Cocks still won a key game with relative ease due to the play of the defense. He was on nine of the 13 ballots last week, but after just three total tackles, is on just three ballots this week (one was mine, for the record). So one middling game has completely changed the perception of the nation’s best player?
Famous Jameis: After just one game, Florida State’s Jameis Winston has catapulted into the middle of the Heisman race by landing on six of Athlon’s 13 ballots. He was remarkable against Pitt — 25-of-27, 356 yards, 5 total TDs — and has an extremely bright future at Florida State. But, should a guy with 60 minutes of career playing time be ahead of the clear-cut best player in the nation, Jadeveon Clowney? Only time will tell.
Love him or hate him: For better or worse, Johnny Manziel crammed a whole lot of stuff into just 30 minutes of football. He had some typical “JFF” scrambles and scored three touchdowns but also was penalized for taunting and offered a signature hand gesture for one special Rice Owl. He was No. 2 in the voting last week with five first-place votes but got just one first-place vote this time around and was left off six ballots. He will post some big numbers this season but most of his candidacy will hinge on his play against Alabama and LSU.
Murray, Lee, Martinez Disappear: Aaron Murray didn’t play poorly at all but watched Clemson claim the first marquee win of the season. He moved to 1-10 against Top 15-ranked teams and was dropped completely off all 13 Heisman ballots. Marqise Lee, Kevin Hogan and Taylor Martinez all failed to get a single vote as well after being among the 11 vote-getters last week.
East Coast Bias: Marcus Mariota got three first-place votes this week after a stellar showing against lowly Nicholls State. But is there an East Coast bias? While Lee and Hogan disappeared from ballots, Bishop Sankey and De’Anthony Thomas also didn't get a single vote despite huge performances in Week 1. Ka'Deem Carey, who was suspended in Week 1, hasn't received a single vote in two weeks either. That said, Pac-12 quarterbacks Keith Price and Brett Hundley showed up. Price looked more like his 2011 former self in a huge win over Boise State while Hundley's stellar showing against Nevada continues to prove why he might be one of the nation’s most underrated players.
The Voting Panel (click name for twitter accounts):
|Tom Dienhart||Big Ten Network||BigTenNetwork.com||Tajh Boyd|
|Bryan Fischer||Pac-12 Network||Pac-12.com||Marcus Mariota|
|David Fox||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Tajh Boyd|
|Braden Gall||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Steven Godfrey||SB Nation||SBNation.com||Tajh Boyd|
|Chris Huston||Heisman Pundit||HeismanPundit.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Steven Lassan||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Tajh Boyd|
|Chris Level||Red Raider Sports||RedRaiderSports.com||Tajh Boyd|
|Mitch Light||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Tajh Boyd|
|Billy Liucci||TexAgs||TexAgs.com||Tajh Boyd|
|Dan Rubenstein||SB Nation/Solid Verbal||SolidVerbal.com||Johnny Manziel|
|Josh Ward||Mr. SEC/WNML||MrSEC.com||Braxton Miller|
|Jim Young||ACC Sports Journal||ACCSports.com||Tajh Boyd|