Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is the new leader in today’s sixth installment of the Scripps Howard News Service Heisman Poll, and by a landslide. Klein, who accounted for seven touchdowns in last week’s 55-14 rout of West Virginia, received all 10 first-place ballots from members of the voting panel.
Klein replaces West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, the leader through each of the first five weeks of balloting. Smith fell to third, one spot behind Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. But the runaway leader is Klein, who rushed for four TDs and completed 19-of-21 passes for 323 yards and three TDs in helping No. 3 Kansas State (7-0, 4-0 in Big 12) remain undefeated heading into Saturday’s game against No. 14 Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1) in Manhattan, Kan.
The Scripps poll is the longest-running Heisman Trophy poll in the nation. Since its inception in 1987, it has correctly forecast the Heisman winner in its final weekly installment in 21 of 25 years, including last season. Below is a look at this week’s poll and a list of voters:
This week's top five:
Player, School, Season Stats, Poll Points (first-place votes in parentheses).
1. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 1,397 passing yards, 70.5 completion pct., 10 TDs, 2 interceptions, 551 rushing yards, 14 TDs, 50 (10)
2. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 69 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered, 20
3. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia, 2,414 passing yards, 74.2 completion pct., 26 TDs, 2 ints., 56 rushing yards, 1 TD, 18
4. QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 1,476 passing yards, 68.8 completion pct., 16 TDs, 0 ints., -45 rushing yards, 0 TDs, 16.
5. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 1,384 passing yards, 58.7 completion pct., 11 TDs, 5 ints., 959 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 12.
Others receiving votes: Oregon RB Kenjon Barner 11, Texas Tech QB Seth Doege 10, USC QB Matt Barkley 4, Oregon RB/WR/KR De'Anthony Thomas 4, Georgia QB Aaron Murray 3, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball 2
Last week's top five:
1. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia, 38 (5)
2. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 30 (1)
3. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 28 (1)
4. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 16 (1)
5. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 15 (1)
Voters: Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Randy Beard, Evansville Courier & Press; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Bob Condotta, Seattle Times; Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com; Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; John Helsley, The Oklahoman; Mike Griffith, Mlive.com; Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch, and Michael C. Lewis.
_ Jimmy Burch