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Expert Poll: Week 1 Heisman Trophy Voting

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

Josh Ward, MrSEC.com

Mitch Light, Athlon Sports

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The Results:

 

Player

Team

Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1.

Todd Gurley

60

9

3

1

-

-

2.

Marcus Mariota

44

3

6

1

1

-

3.

Jameis Winston

36

1

1

7

2

2

4.

Kenny Hill

26

-

3

2

4

-

5.

Ameer Abdullah

7

-

-

1

1

2

6t.

Christian Hackenberg

6

-

-

-

2

2

6t.

Melvin Gordon

6

-

-

-

2

2

8t.

Everett Golson

3

-

-

-

-

3

8t.

Brett Hundley

3

-

-

1

-

-

10.

Bryce Petty

2

-

-

-

1

-

11t.

Taysom Hill

1

-

-

-

-

1

11t.

Tyreek Hill

1

-

-

-

-

1

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The Top 3:

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Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The Bulldogs' workhorse back was at his best in one of the biggest games of the week. He rushed for 198 yards and returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown in the 45-21 win over Clemson. He scored from 100 yards, 51 yards, 23 yards and 18 yards, including two fourth quarter runs that sealed the win for UGA. Gurley now has two weeks to rest before heading to Columbia to take on South Carolina. He appeared on all 13 ballots.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

The Ducks' signal-caller entered the season as the "front-runner" and did little to hurt his case in a blowout win over South Dakota. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns while rushing six times for 43 yards and a fourth score. His Heisman campaign takes center stage as Oregon welcomes Michigan State to town in Week 2. He was left off two ballots.

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Winston was one of only two players (Gurley) to land on all 13 ballots. This after what might be considered his worst game as a college player. He threw two early interceptions and forced bad throws all night, but eventually his highlight-reel run solidified the Seminoles' win. He finished with 370 yards passing and two total touchdowns over Oklahoma State. He gets The Citadel this weekend.