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Expert Poll: Week 2 Heisman Trophy Voting

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

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

62

10

3

-

-

-

2.

Todd Gurley

53

3

8

2

-

-

3.

Kenny Hill

22

-

1

3

4

1

4.

Jameis Winston

21

-

1

3

2

4

5.

Everett Golson

13

-

-

1

5

-

6t.

Taysom Hill

7

-

-

1

-

4

6t.

Amari Cooper

7

-

-

2

-

1

8.

Ameer Abdullah

6

-

-

1

-

3

9.

Bryce Petty

4

-

-

-

2

-

Dropped out: Christian Hackenberg, Melvin Gordon, Brett Hundley, Tyreek Hill

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The Top 3:

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Saturday’s game against Michigan State cannot be understated. The Ducks' quarterback turned in arguably his most brilliant performance of his career, whirling in and around Spartan defenders for 318 yards passing, 42 yards rushing and three total touchdowns. He is only the second quarterback (Dayne Crist, 2010) since 2010 to throw for over 300 yards against a Pat Narduzzi-coached team. Mariota put his team on his back, surrounded by freshmen, and carried Oregon to the biggest win of the non-conference season.

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2. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The Dawgs were off in Week 2 but will play in arguably the biggest game of the Week 3 slate. Look for Gurley to post another big statline in a critical SEC East showdown against South Carolina in Columbia. In two games against the Gamecocks, Gurley has been dominant (30 att., 132 yds, TD) in a win and stymied (13 att., 39 yds) in an ugly 35-7 loss.

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3. Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M

Hill has one of the biggest wins of the season under his belt when he set records in front of a national audience against South Carolina. After 511 yards in 60 attempts in a real game, Hill attempted just 26 passes (completing 17) for 283 yards and four touchdowns against Lamar in Week 2. That’s 794 yards, seven TDs and no interceptions on 70.9 percent passing in two starts for Hill.