Manziel maintains lead
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel continues to lead The State’s weekly Heisman Trophy poll. After a huge game in a comeback win against Ole Miss, Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, stayed on top for the fifth consecutive week among the panel’s 13 Heisman voters with seven first-place votes.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who received five first-place votes, moved past Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd into the second spot with a strong effort in leading the Ducks to a win against Washington.
Boyd, who dropped to third, will have a showdown this weekend at Clemson against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who placed fourth. The Top 5 matchup also applies to the two teams, No. 3 Clemson and No. 5 FSU.
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|1. Johnny Manziel, QB||Texas A&M||56 (7)|
|2. Marcus Mariota, QB||Oregon||49 (5)|
|3. Tajh Boyd, QB||Clemson||39|
|4. Jameis Winston, QB||Florida State||14|
|5. A.J. McCarron, QB||Alabama||8 (1)|
|6. Teddy Bridgewater, QB||Louisville||6|
|7 (tie). Aaron Murray, QB||Georgia||5|
|7 (tie). Mike Davis, RB||South Carolina||5|
|9 (tie). Brett Hundley, QB||UCLA||3|
|9 (tie). Bryce Petty, QB||Baylor||3|
First-place votes in parentheses.
Others receiving votes: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia, 2; Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State, 2; Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, 2; Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor, 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.