Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, jumped to the top of The State’s weekly Heisman poll after passing for 464 yards and five touchdowns and rushing for 98 yards in a 49-42 loss to top-ranked Alabama.
Manziel made the leap from third to take the No. 1 spot from Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, who dropped to second with his team idle. Manziel piled up 51 points, including three first-place votes, to pass Boyd among the poll’s 13 Heisman Trophy voters.
Boyd held off Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who passed for 456 yards and four touchdowns against Tennessee. Mariota received the most first-place votes with four.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron reentered the Top 10 at No. 5 after a big day against the Aggies.
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|1. Johnny Manziel, QB||Texas A&M||51 (3)*|
|2. Tajh Boyd, QB||Clemson||45 (2)*|
|3. Marcus Mariota, QB||Oregon||31 (4)*|
|4. Todd Gurley, RB||Georgia||26 (3)|
|5. A.J. McCarron, QB||Alabama||16 (1)*|
|6. Teddy Bridgewater, QB,||Louisville||13|
|7. Jameis Winston, QB||FSU||4|
|8. Jadeveon Clowney, DE||USC||3|
|9. (tie) Aaron Murray, QB||Georgia||2|
|9. (tie) Brett Hundley, QB||UCLA||2|
|10. (tie) Bishop Sankey, RB||Washington||1|
|10. (tie) 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.