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College Football: Post-Week 4 Heisman Trophy Voting

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Each week of the college football season, Athlon Sports will poll some of the nation's foremost 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, and so on. With 13 voters, a perfect ballot — i.e., 13 first-place votes — would give a player 65 total points.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota was off last weekend but was still able to hold on to his slim lead in the Athlon Heisman voting. Johnny Manziel, however, is closing the gap after yet another typical Johnny Heisman performance — albeit, against a lowly SMU defense. The big three still sit well above the rest of the nation when it comes to college football's most prestigious award.

Post-Week 4 Voting Results:

 

LW

Player

Pos.

Team

Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1.

(1)

Marcus Mariota

QB

Oregon

56

6

5

2

-

-

2.

(3)

Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

49

4

5

3

-

-

3.

(2)

Tajh Boyd

QB

Clemson

46

3

3

5

2

-

4.

(6)

Teddy Bridgewater

QB

Louisville

13

-

-

2

2

3

5t.

(4)

Todd Gurley

RB

Georgia

7

-

-

-

3

1

5t.

(5)

AJ McCarron

QB

Alabama

7

-

-

-

3

1

7.

(6)

Brett Hundley

QB

UCLA

5

-

-

-

1

3

8t.

(8)

Jameis Winston

QB

Florida St

3

-

-

-

1

1

8t.

(ur)

Jeremy Hill

RB

LSU

3

-

-

1

-

-

10t.

(9)

Jadeveon Clowney

DE

South Carolina

2

-

-

-

-

2

10t.

(10)

Chuckie Keeton

QB

Utah St

2

-

-

-

1

-

12t.

(ur)

Melvin Gordon

RB

Wisconsin

1

-

-

-

-

1

12t.

(11)

Keith Price

QB

Washington

1

-

-

-

-

1

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Tajh Slipping? Boyd dropped behind Manziel this week and I’m not sure why. Boyd played near flawless football on the road in a hostile environment with little support from his offensive line. He threw for 244 yards, ran the ball 13 times and scored three touchdowns without a turnover in a win over NC State. And yet, the voters weren’t impressed. Manziel threw for exactly 244 yards, ran the ball 12 times and scored three touchdowns. The big differences were Manziel threw an interception, rushed for more yards but did so at home against lowly SMU. It seems as if voters are already forgetting Boyd’s performance against Georgia and that the Aggies have already lost.

Running Backs Join the Party. Melvin Gordon has been arguably the best back in the nation. He leads the country with 156.0 yards per game, is averaging 11.8 yards per attempt and is No. 2 with seven rushing touchdowns. Jeremy Hill, fresh off his 183-yard, 3-TD performance against Auburn at home also joined the voting this week. Both are tremendously talented and both are deserving of being mentioned with Todd Gurley as the best in the nation.

Nobody Drops Out. There are a few new faces on the list — Gordon and Hill — but no one dropped out of the Heisman voting this week as the list grew by two. On a weekend with a fairly week slate of games, little movement was to be expected.

Week 5. This will be a huge weekend for the Heisman race. AJ McCarron could make another big statement over Ole Miss at home. Hill and Gurley will go head-to-head in Athens. Gordon will visit Columbus with the potential return of Braxton Miller highlighting the massive Leaders Division game. Chuckie Keeton has a showdown with David Fales and San Jose State. And Manziel, Jameis Winston and Jadeveon Clowney have interesting road tests. Buckle up because this could be the best weekend of action to date.

Others to Watch. Derek Carr of Fresno State could go unbeaten this year so check him out late Saturday night in Hawaii if you get a chance. Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson of Miami will go for the second leg of The Sunshine State sweep this weekend at USF. Oklahoma’s Blake Bell could join the Heisman mix with a huge performance on the road against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

The Voting Panel (click name for twitter accounts):

Name

Organization

Website

No. 1

Tom Dienhart

Big Ten Network

BigTenNetwork.com

Marcus Mariota

Bryan Fischer

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12.com

Johnny Manziel

David Fox

Athlon Sports

AthlonSports.com

Johnny Manziel

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

Marcus Mariota

Chris Level

Red Raider Sports

RedRaiderSports.com

Tajh Boyd

Mitch Light

Athlon Sports

AthlonSports.com

Tajh Boyd

Billy Liucci

TexAgs

TexAgs.com

Johnny Manziel

Dan Rubenstein

SB Nation/Solid Verbal

SolidVerbal.com

Marcus Mariota

Josh Ward

Mr. SEC/WNML

MrSEC.com

Marcus Mariota

Jim Young

ACC Sports Journal

ACCSports.com

Johnny Manziel