Athlon's 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.
Johnny Manziel is the defending Heisman winner but the odds are stacked against him. Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart, Sam Bradford and Mark Ingram all returned to try to defend their stiff-armed trophies and failed. Only 1-in-77 players has ever won the award a second time, that being, of course, the legendary Ohio State tailback Archie Griffin. Manziel will have to repeat arguably the greatest season in history in the toughest division in football with a giant bulls-eye on his back, from both opposing defenses and the NCAA. And while there appears to be a Heisman revolution developing, the majority of the initial vote-getters were, in fact, quarterbacks.
So without further ado, here is our 13-member Heisman Trophy panel and how the votes look heading into the first week of the regular season:
Pre-Week 1 Results:
|1.||Braxton Miller||QB||Ohio St||42/65||5||2||2||1||1|
|2.||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||38||5||2||1||1||-|
|4.||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||28||1||2||4||1||1|
The Voting Panel (click name for twitter accounts):
|Tom Dienhart||Big Ten Network||BigTenNetwork.com|
|Bryan Fischer||Pac-12 Network||Pac-12.com|
|David Fox||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com|
|Braden Gall||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com|
|Steven Godfrey||SB Nation||SBNation.com|
|Chris Huston||Heisman Pundit||HeismanPundit.com|
|Steven Lassan||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com|
|Chris Level||Red Raider Sports||RedRaiderSports.com|
|Mitch Light||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com|
|Dan Rubenstein||SB Nation/Solid Verbal||SolidVerbal.com|
|Josh Ward||Mr. SEC/WNML||MrSEC.com|
|Jim Young||ACC Sports Journal||ACCSports.com|