College Football: Post-Week 4 Heisman Trophy Voting

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

Heisman Headlines:

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 Marcus Mariota
Bryan Fischer Pac-12 Network Johnny Manziel
David Fox Athlon Sports Johnny Manziel
Braden Gall Athlon Sports Marcus Mariota
Steven Godfrey SB Nation Tajh Boyd
Chris Huston Heisman Pundit Marcus Mariota
Steven Lassan Athlon Sports Marcus Mariota
Chris Level Red Raider Sports Tajh Boyd
Mitch Light Athlon Sports Tajh Boyd
Billy Liucci TexAgs Johnny Manziel
Dan Rubenstein SB Nation/Solid Verbal Marcus Mariota
Josh Ward Mr. SEC/WNML Marcus Mariota
Jim Young ACC Sports Journal Johnny Manziel


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