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Expert Poll: Week 3 Heisman Trophy Voting

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

Athlon Sports has formed a Heisman Trophy committee. Each week, we will ask 13 members of the national college football media to rank their top candidates for the Heisman Trophy.

Each voter will rank their top five candidates, with each first-place vote getting five points and each last-place vote getting one point.

The Panel:

Stewart Mandel, FOX Sports

Dave Revsine, Big Ten Network 

Adam Zucker, CBS Sports

Steven Godfrey, SBNation

Zac Ellis, Sports Illustrated

Bryan Fischer, NFL.com

Tom Dienhart, Big Ten Network

Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report, B/R Radio

Josh Ward, MrSEC.com

Mitch Light, Athlon Sports

David Fox, Athlon Sports

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Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports

Braden Gall, Athlon Sports, SiriusXM

The Results:

 

Player

Team

Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1.

Marcus Mariota

63

11

2

-

-

-

2.

Todd Gurley

48

2

8

1

1

1

3.

Jameis Winston

24

-

1

5

1

3

4.

Kenny Hill

21

-

1

2

5

1

5.

Everett Golson

12

-

1

2

-

2

6t.

Taysom Hill

8

-

-

1

2

1

6t.

Amari Cooper

8

-

-

1

2

1

8t.

Ameer Abdullah

4

-

-

1

-

1

8t.

Shaq Thompson

4

-

-

-

1

2

10.

Bryce Petty

2

-

-

-

1

-

11.

Demarcus Robinson

1

-

-

-

-

1

Dropped out: none

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The Top 3:

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

The Ducks quarterback wasn’t needed at all in the fourth quarter after leading Oregon to a big lead over Wyoming. He finished with a sterling line: 19-of-23 passing for 221 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers, 71 yards rushing and two more touchdowns. He’s got 962 yards of total offense and 11 touchdowns in three games. A road trip to Washington State this weekend should provide big numbers and another big win for the Ducks.

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2. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The Dawgs took one on the chin in Columbia but it has only hurt Gurley’s Heisman stock slightly. He is still the only player in the same realm as Mariota. The Georgia workhorse finished with 131 yards and a touchdown (another one was called back) on 20 carries to go with four receptions as well. Maybe he should have gotten the ball around the goal line late in the fourth quarter? Gurley has 329 yards and four touchdowns rushing on 35 carries in just two games but the loss could eventually cost him the award. He shouldn't be needed much this weekend against Troy.

3. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St

Florida State and Jameis Winston were off in Week 3 but will be the focal point of the voters in Week 4 as Clemson comes to town. This could be the toughest ACC game of the year for the Noles and another big performance from Winston could move him into contention with Mariota and Gurley. Winston has completed over 70 percent of his passes and has 626 yards through the air in two wins thus far in 2014.