The State’s Heisman panel: Boyd takes lead

nwhite@thestate.comSeptember 3, 2013 

Aug 31, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) runs in for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at Clemson Memorial Stadium.

JEREMY BREVARD — USA TODAY Sports

There’s a new name atop the leaderboard in The State’s weekly Heisman Trophy poll, but this one also plays for a school in the Palmetto State.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd replaced USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in the top spot among the 13 Heisman voters polled each week. Boyd, who ranked sixth last week, had seven first-place votes after he led the Tigers to a win over No. 5 Georgia while rolling up 312 total yards and five touchdowns, three in the air and two on the ground.

Clowney, whose first-place votes dropped from four to one, had three tackles with no sacks in USC’s win against North Carolina.

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley, who faces the Gamecocks this week, made the biggest jump, going from No. 13 to No. 4 after gaining 154 yards and scoring twice against Clemson.

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater moved to No. 2 after throwing five touchdown passes in the opener, while Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones came out of nowhere to No. 7 after scoring three touchdowns, one each on a reception, kickoff return and punt return.

TOP 10 IN WEEK 1 VOTING

Player, PositionSchoolPoints*
1. Tajh Boyd, QBClemson56 (7)
2. Teddy Bridgewater, QBLouisville35 (2)
3. Johnny Manziel, QBTexas A&M22
4. Todd Gurley, RBGeorgia15 (1)
5. Jadeveon Clowney, DEUSC13 (1)
6. Braxton Miller, QBOhio State10
7. Christion Jones, WRAlabama9 (1)
8. Marcus Mariota, QBOregon8
9. Derek Carr, QBFresno State5
9. Vernon Adams, QBE. Wash.5 (1)

Heisman Panel: Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Heath Cline, 107.5 The Game; Seth Emerson, Macon Telegraph; Rick Henry, WIS-TV; Josh Kendall, The State; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star; Phil Kornblut, South Carolina Radio Network; Kevin McCrarey, South Carolina Sports Network; Andrew Miller, Charleston Post and Courier; Gene Sapakoff, Charleston Post and Courier; Neil White, The State; Larry Williams, TigerIllustrated.com; Pete Yanity, WSPA-TV.

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