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.
|1. Johnny Manziel, QB||Texas A&M||52 (4)*|
|2. Tajh Boyd, QB||Clemson||46 (4)*|
|3. Marcus Mariota, QB||Oregon||37 (2)*|
|4. Aaron Murray, QB||Georgia||30 (2)*|
|5. Jameis Winston, QB||Florida State||11|
|6 (tie). A.J. McCarron, QB||Alabama||5 (1)*|
|6 (tie). Todd Gurley, RB||Georgia||5|
|8 (tie). Teddy Bridgewater, QB||Louisville||2|
|8 (tie). Mike Davis, RB||S. Carolina||2|
|8 (tie). Sean Mannion, QB||Oregon State||2|
|8 (tie). Lache Seastrunk, RB||Baylor||2|
|12. 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.