The State’s Heisman poll: Manziel jumps to top spot

September 17, 2013 

South Carolina's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) defends against Vanderbilt's running back Derek King (33) during the second half of the game. South Carolina played Vanderbilt Saturday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

KIM KIM FOSTER-TOBIN — kkfoster@thestate.com

 Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel 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 TDs against Tennessee. Mariota received the most first-place votes with four.

Neil White

THE VOTING

Player, Pos.SchoolPoints
1. Johnny Manziel, QBTexas A&M51 (3)*
2. Tajh Boyd, QBClemson45 (2)*
3. Marcus Mariota, QBOregon31 (4)*
4. Todd Gurley, RBGeorgia26 (3)
5. A.J. McCarron, QBAlabama16 (1)*
6. Teddy Bridgewater, QB,Louisville13
7. Jameis Winston, QBFSU4
8. Jadeveon Clowney, DE USC 3
9. (tie) Aaron Murray, QBGeorgia2
9. (tie) Brett Hundley, QBUCLA2
10. (tie) Bishop Sankey, RBWashington1
10. (tie) Sammy Watkins, WRClemson1

*(First-place votes)

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.

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