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Expert Poll: Week 14 Heisman Trophy Voting

Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama Crimson Tide

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

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

51

-

12

1

-

-

3.

Amari Cooper

36

-

1

10

1

-

4.

Trevone Boykin

21

-

-

2

7

1

5t.

Scooby Wright

6

-

-

-

1

4

5t.

Tevin Coleman

6

-

-

-

1

4

7.

Dak Prescott

4

-

-

-

2

-

8.

J.T. Barrett

3

-

-

-

1

1

9.

Cody Kessler

3

-

-

-

-

3

Dropped out: Bryce Petty, Brett Hundley 

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The Top 3:

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Mariota is playing on another planet. With a national title hanging in the balance on the road against an archrival, Mariota accounted for six touchdowns and more than 400 yards of total offense. Among all players, his 9.31 yards per play is No. 2 nationally (New Mexico's Jhurell Pressley), his 342.2 yards per game is No. 5, his 36 passing touchdowns are No. 2 and his 190.2 passer rating is No. 1. Should he exact revenge on Arizona in the Pac-12 title game, the Heisman Trophy will land in Eugene for the first time in history.

Season Stats: 3,470 yds, 68.6%, 36 TDs, 2 INTs, 636 rush yds, 11 TDs

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2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

In a winner-take-all situation against an archrival, Gordon was excellent once again. In fact, in the most critical situations, Gordon was dominant in the final three weeks of the regular season against Nebraska (408 yds, 4 TD), Iowa (200 yds, 2 TD) and Minnesota (151 yds, TD). He is leading the nation in rushing yards (2,260) and rushing touchdowns (26). He needs 368 yards to break Barry Sanders’ single-season rushing record and has two games to do it. In any other year, Gordon would have locked up the Heisman over the last three weeks.

Season Stats: 283 att., 2,260 yds, 26 TDs, 17 rec., 151 yds, 2 TDs

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3. Amari Cooper, Alabama

With a trip to the College Football Playoff on the line, Cooper posted the best game of his career. The Crimson Tide wideout was the difference-maker for Alabama against Auburn in the second half, catching 13 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He is third nationally with 103 receptions, second with 1,573 yards and second with 14 touchdowns. Should Cooper finish among the top three in Heisman voting, it would be the highest showing by a wide receiver since Larry Fitzgerald was the runner-up in 2003.

Season Stats: 103 rec., 1,573 yds, 14 TDs