Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston held on to the top spot in The State’s weekly Heisman Trophy poll for the third consecutive week, although he lost some support after an investigation began in Tallahassee into allegations of sexual assault.
Winston, who garnered eight of 13 first-place votes, stayed ahead of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, whose candidacy keeps growing as the No. 1 Crimson Tide continue to win. McCarron could make another big jump if he guides Alabama to a win over Auburn this weekend.
Boston College running back Andre Williams, who leads the nation with 2,073 rushing yards, moved up to a fourth-place tie with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel after running for 263 yards against Maryland.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has jumped into third place after leading Clemson to 50 or more points in three consecutive games, .
|1. Jameis Winston, QB||Florida State||47 (8)|
|2. A.J. McCarron, QB||Alabama||45 (4)|
|3. Tajh Boyd, QB||Clemson||21 (1)|
|4 (tie). Johnny Manziel, QB||Texas A&M||20|
|4 (tie). Andre Williams, RB||Boston College||20|
|6. Bryce Petty, QB||Baylor||12|
|7. Jordan Lynch, QB||Northern Illinois||7|
|8 (tie). Derek Carr, QB||Fresno State||4|
|8 (tie). Marcus Mariota, QB||Oregon||4|
|8 (tie). Braxton Miller, QB||Ohio State||4|
|8 (tie). C.J. Mosley, LB||Alabama||4|
Others receiving votes: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, 3; Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona, 2; Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt, 2.
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.