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Expert Poll: Week 4 Heisman Trophy Voting

Alabama Crimson Tide

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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

12

-

1

-

-

2.

Todd Gurley

41

-

9

1

1

-

3.

Amari Cooper

31

1

2

6

-

-

4.

Kenny Hill

20

-

2

2

2

2

5.

Ameer Abdullah

15

-

-

2

4

1

6.

Dak Prescott

6

-

-

-

1

4

7.

Taysom Hill

5

-

-

-

2

1

8.

Everett Golson

4

-

-

1

-

1

9t.

Jameis Winston

2

-

-

-

1

-

9t.

Melvin Gordon

2

-

-

-

1

-

9t.

Bryce Petty

2

-

-

-

1

-

12t.

Nick Marshall

1

-

-

-

-

1

12t.

Shaq Thompson

1

-

-

-

-

1

12t.

Shane Carden

1

-

-

-

-

1

12t.

James Conner

1

-

-

-

-

1

Dropped out: Demarcus Robinson

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The Top 3:

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Mariota was brilliant late on Saturday evening against an upstart Washington State squad. Without two starters along his offensive line, the Oregon quarterback ran for his life all game long, as the Cougars consistently forced him out of the pocket. He finished 21-of-25 passing (84 percent) for 329 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 58 yards in the seven-point win. In four games, Mariota has 1,135 yards passing, 214 yards rushing, 16 total touchdowns and no interceptions.

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2. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The UGA tailback wasn’t needed much in the 66-0 win over Troy. Gurley carried six times for 73 yards and didn’t reach the end zone in extremely limited time. He still leads the SEC in rushing yards per game (134.0 ypg, 10th nationally) but is third behind Alex Collins (490) and Josh Robinson (485) when it comes to yards alone.

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3. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

There is no doubt Lane Kiffin has made a huge difference with the Alabama offense and no one is more appreciative than Cooper. The Bama wideout caught 10 passes for 201 yards and three huge touchdowns against Florida in a marquee win in Alabama’s SEC opener. He is leading the nation with 43 receptions (10.8 pg) and receiving yards at 655 (163.8 pg) and has scored five times. He is on pace for 129 receptions, 1,965 yards and 15 touchdowns — all of which would be school records.