Winston moves into the lead
For the second consecutive season, a freshman could win the Heisman Trophy.
Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston took over the top spot in The State’s Heisman Trophy poll for the first time this season by garnering six of the 13 first-place votes. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who held the top spot for three consecutive weeks, dropped to fifth after a loss to Stanford. That allowed Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who won the award last season, to move into second after receiving four first-place votes.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, who guide unbeaten teams like Winston, made significant jumps in their point totals after posting impressive performances in wins against against ranked teams.
Two USC players and two Clemson players continue to receive votes.
|1. Jameis Winston, QB||FSU||53 (6)*|
|2. Johnny Manziel, QB||Texas A&M||50 (4)*|
|3. Bryce Petty, QB||Baylor||28|
|4. A.J. McCarron, QB||Alabama||26 (3)*|
|5. Marcus Mariota, QB||Oregon||16|
|6. Tajh Boyd, QB||Clemson||7|
|7. Mike Davis, RB||USC||4|
|8. Brandin Cooks, WR||Oregon State||3|
|9 (tie). Sean Mannion, QB||Oregon State||2|
|9 (tie). Connor Shaw, QB||USC||2|
Others receiving votes: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville, 1; Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State, 1; C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama, 1; Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, 1.
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.