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Expert Poll: Final 2014 Heisman Trophy Voting

Oregon Ducks

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Athlon Sports formed a Heisman Trophy committee that voted every week. Now that the season is over, who are they predicting wins the Heisman Trophy?

Each voter ranks 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

Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports

Braden Gall, Athlon Sports, SiriusXM

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The Results:

 

Player

Team

Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1.

Marcus Mariota

65

13

-

-

-

-

2.

Melvin Gordon

46

-

9

3

-

1

3.

Amari Cooper

40

-

4

8

-

-

4.

Trevone Boykin

22

-

-

2

7

2

5.

Dak Prescott

6

-

-

-

3

-

6t.

Scooby Wright

5

-

-

-

1

3

6t.

Tevin Coleman

5

-

-

-

1

3

8t.

J.T. Barrett

3

-

-

-

1

1

8t.

Cody Kessler

3

-

-

-

-

3

Dropped out: None 

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The Top 3:

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

The Pac-12 title game wasn’t as much a must-win situation as it was a Heisman coronation. Mariota is the clear frontrunner for the 2014 Heisman Trophy and, frankly, it would be a huge upset if the Ducks didn’t win their first ever stiff-armed trophy. Mariota finished with 52 total touchdowns and just two interceptions and led the nation with 4,452 yards of total offense. Congrats to one of the good guys of college football.

Season Stats: 3,783 yds, 68.3%, 38 TDs, 2 INTs, 669 rush yds, 14 TDs

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2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

The only hope “MelGor” had to win the Heisman was to carry his team to an improbable Big Ten championship over the much more talented Buckeyes. However, Gordon was totally stuffed by Ohio State, finishing with just 76 yards on 26 carries with no touchdowns. Gordon still has an outside shot at Barry Sanders’ single-season rushing record, needing 292 in the bowl game to set the record. He needs 231 to pass Kevin Smith for second all-time.

Season Stats: 309 att., 2,336 yds, 26 TDs, 17 rec., 151 yds, 3 TDs

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3. Amari Cooper, Alabama

Cooper didn’t make the big play in the SEC title game, but he did set an SEC record with 12 receptions in the championship game. He was a constant decoy that allowed others to make plenty of big plays and it gave Alabama the SEC title. Cooper also set a new single-season SEC record with 115 catches (Jordan Matthews) and is just 84 yards from breaking Josh Reed’s SEC single-season yards record (1,740).

Season Stats: 115 rec., 1,656 yds, 14 TDs