The State's Heisman poll: Boyd moving up

October 8, 2013 

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Clemson, S.C.

RAINIER EHRHARDT — AP

Boyd moving up in voting

The fight for the top spot in The State’s weekly Heisman Trophy poll is tightening up.

Despite a bye week for Texas A&M, quarterback Johnny Manziel stayed in first for the fourth consecutive week among the panel’s 13 Heisman voters.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota closed the gap considerably with strong performances in blowout wins for their teams. Quarterbacks hold down six of the top seven spots.

USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who began the season as the favorite, dropped out of the poll for the first time after not playing against Kentucky.

Neil White

THE VOTING

Player, Position School Points
1. Johnny Manziel, QBTexas A&M52 (4)*
2. Tajh Boyd, QBClemson46 (4)*
3. Marcus Mariota, QBOregon37 (2)*
4. Aaron Murray, QBGeorgia30 (2)*
5. Jameis Winston, QBFlorida State11
6 (tie). A.J. McCarron, QBAlabama5 (1)*
6 (tie). Todd Gurley, RBGeorgia5
8 (tie). Teddy Bridgewater, QBLouisville2
8 (tie). Mike Davis, RBS. Carolina2
8 (tie). Sean Mannion, QBOregon State2
8 (tie). Lache Seastrunk, RBBaylor2
12. Sammy Watkins, WRClemson1

*(First-place votes)

Poll voters: Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Heath Cline, 107.5 The Game; 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; Ron Morris, The State; Gene Sapakoff, Charleston Post and Courier; Neil White, The State; Larry Williams, TigerIllustrated.com; Pete Yanity, WSPA-TV.

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