Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has narrowed the gap on frontrunner Andrew Luck in the latest Scripps Howard News Service Heisman Trophy poll, released today.
Luck, the Stanford quarterback and runaway poll leader before the Cardinal’s 53-30 loss to Oregon last week, still holds a slight edge in balloting. He received five first-place votes, and 41 total points, from the 10-member voting committee. Weeden received four first-place votes and 38 points, making it the closest gap of the season between the top two players.
Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns in last week’s 66-6 rout of Texas Tech, completing 31-of-37 attempts without an interception. The final first place vote went to Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, who did not finish among the top five overall vote-getters.
The poll has correctly predicted the Heisman winner in 20 of its 24 seasons, including last year.
Below is a look at this week’s Top Five:
Player, School, Season Stats, Poll Points (first-place votes)
1. QB Andrew Luck, Stanford, 2,680 passing yards, 70.6 comp. pct., 29 passing TDs, 41 (5)
2. QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, 3,635 passing yds, 73.1 comp. pct., 31 passing TDs, 38 (4)
3. RB Trent Richardson, Alabama, 1,205 rushing yds, 18 rushing TDs, 23
4. QB Case Keenum, Houston, 3,951 passing yds, 74.2 comp. pct., 37 passing TDs, 16
5. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State, 2,549 passing yds, 74.1 comp. pct., 31 passing TDs, 10
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson 7 (1), Oregon RB LaMichael James 7, Baylor QB Robert Griffin III 5, Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon 2, Oklahoma QB Landry Jones 1.
_ Jimmy Burch