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Tajh Boyd Tops Heisman Pundit Straw Poll

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd used a stellar performance against Georgia over the weekend to grab the top spot in the first HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll of the season released on Tuesday. The weekly panel of Heisman voters gave Boyd three first-place votes and 16 total points, ahead of Louisville quarterback…

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd used a stellar performance against Georgia over the weekend to grab the top spot in the first HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll of the season released on Tuesday.

The weekly panel of Heisman voters gave Boyd three first-place votes and 16 total points, ahead of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was second with 10 points and two first-place votes.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was third with eight points and two first-place votes.

Twelve players appeared on ballots, reflecting how wide-open the race is in the early going. Four players tied for fourth, three players tied for eighth and two players tied for 11th.

Of note was the inclusion of Eastern Washington’s Vernon Adams. He’s the first FCS player ever to appear in the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll.

Now in its eighth season, the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll is the college football world’s most trusted gauge of Heisman voter sentiment. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the past seven seasons, with the final 2012 poll correctly picking the top five finishers and the final 2011 poll picking the top seven. This year’s poll is made up of 9 anonymous Heisman voters from across the country. Each week during the season they will pick three players. Tabulations for the preseason poll are tabulated like a real Heisman ballot, with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

Each week’s poll is released on Tuesdays throughout the season at HeismanPundit.com.

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 9/3/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Tajh Boyd, Sr., QB, Clemson — 16 (3)
2. Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville — 10 (2)
3. Marcus Mariota, So., QB, Oregon — 8 (2)
4. (tie) Todd Gurley, So., RB, Georgia — 3 (1)
Johnny Manziel, So., QB, Texas A&M — 3 (1)
Braxton Miller, Jr., QB, Ohio State — 3
Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State — 3
8. (tie) Jadeveon Clowney, Jr., DE, South Carolina — 2
Jameis Winston, Fr., QB, Florida State — 2
Christion Jones, Jr., WR, Alabama — 2
11. (tie) Paul Richardson, Jr., WR, Colorado — 1
Vernon Adams, So., QB, Eastern Washington — 1

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15 comments

EJB September 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

I’m not a football fanatic but I thought the Heisman award was for a cumulative of a season’s accomplishments. How can candidates even be thought about until at least mid season?

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Squishy123 September 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

Why do they have team rankings prior to the first snap of the season?

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Norma Scok September 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Something I noticed this weekend…Coach Swinney and Tigers walk in to the stadium wearing jackets and ties, smiling to the crowd and slapping fans hands, occasionally stopping to hug someone or sign an autograph.
Cocks walk into their stadium heads down, looking like they just woke up, all wearing baggy work out shorts, and t-shirts, headphones, doing their best to ignore everyone in their path.

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Tajhsd Ick September 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Something I noticed this weekend: Coach Swinney runs down the field first, is the first to do an interview, and the first to put on his cheerleading bloomers. It’s all about the Dabo show. Your players warm up, then leave the stadium and get on a bus. They ride around the stadium and then run down a hill while touching a broken rock that one of your own fans tried to destroy. Dabo is a hypocritical pissant. He told the reporters that he was sick of talking about the past, and wanted to focus on the future. I guess he’s changed his tone since Spurrier owns him.

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Norma Scok September 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Well…aside from the part about “the first to put on his cheerleading bloomers. It’s all about the Dabo show”, and through that part about Dabo being a “hypocritical pissant”, The player bus ride, and running down the hill and talking to reporters first has been going on as long as I can remember, since at least the early 80’s. Probably started sometime long before the cocks stole Elvis Presley’s intro (as well as numerous pro wrestlers) and put a run on fire extinguishers. And what is with that chicken jumping around in a cage like he’s stepping on ants? What is that all about?
And really, is there a team that is less team focused and more coach-centric than UCS? Its the “ole ball sack” show in Columbia 24×7. Watch ESPN, or any news outlet–he is the first thing you hear or see–Spurrier running down his players and telling the world how much one of them (or all of them) suck. No wonder they walk into the stadium with their heads down and head phones on–they are dreading dealing with that self important egostical A-hole.
As for history..it seems its only important to Cocks when they are winning. If somehow the cocks win another 22 years consecutively…then the series will just be even. That won’t happen in anybodies lifetime reading this web site. I can live with a 4 or 5 year run every once in a while…’cause history tells me it doesn’t happen that much.

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accaccacc September 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I wonder if Ga Tech fans feel the same way about their series with Clem A&M?

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Norma Scok September 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I dunno…go ask them.

Frank Howard September 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Boy, I led the Tigers down the hill for most of my life beginning in 1939 and running through 1969. Before that I watched as an assistant beginning in 1931. I watched other lead them through 1996.

My Tigers dressed in the old Fike Fieldhouse and walked diagonally across the street to the East End Zone where we confidently ran down the hill before each game.

Dabo is the latest of a couple of dozen Clemson coaches to lead the Tigers down that hallowed ground.

I don’t know about hypocrit but you sure do seem to fit the dictionary definition of pissant.

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Squishy123 September 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

It’s called “attitude”, USC players want people to believe their bigger in life than they actually are. Dey tryin to act all serious an shit.

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9" September 4, 2013 at 1:24 am

RE:Dabo’s ‘jacket and tie’.The worst display of polyester since,Saturday Night Fever…

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Norma Scok September 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

I dunno..hard to say:

https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/01/dabo-swinney-i-dont-know-if-georgia-faked-injuries/

The jacket might be linen. Can’t tell.

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Gamecock Fan September 4, 2013 at 7:27 am

Boyd is so dapper – always looks nice.

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accaccacc September 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Whatever the Cocks are doing has been working pretty well for the past four years. At least against Clem A&M.

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uh oh September 4, 2013 at 4:19 am

Wow coots do come out the woodworks huh? Get over yourselves.

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Norma Scok September 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

They tend to get all butthurt if they don’t hear Clowney or Spurrier several times a day, and start with the conspiracy theories of cops, refs, judges and the entire sports industry.

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