Week 8: Boyd and Richardson surge
Another week, another scramble at the top of the Heisman leaderboard. That is, for everyone except Stanford QB Andrew Luck - who remains at #1.
Alabama RB Trent Richardson jumped four spots to #2, joining Luck as the only player appearing on more than 90% of Heisman voters' top-ten watch lists. Baylor QB Robert Griffin III moved up two spots to #3 into an effective tie with Boise State QB Kellen Moore - each appearing on 46 of 51 top-ten lists.
Also making a big move this week - for the second week in a row - was Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, jumping up from #12 to #7 in the rankings. Boyd now appears on 76% of Heisman watch lists (up from 37%).
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins is ranked (at #13) for the first time since week 2. And USC QB Matt Barkley is ranked (#14) for the first time since week 5.
Despite his one-week suspension, LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu hung on at #15, dropping five spots. Dropping out entirely were Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles and Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill.
51 actual Heisman voters from 27 states participated in this week's StiffArmTrophy.com poll. The poll asked voters to share an unranked top-10 "watch list" for the Heisman Trophy.
|1||Stanford QB Andrew Luck||98%||50||1|
|2||Alabama RB Trent Richardson||91%||47||6|
|3||Baylor QB Robert Griffin III||88%||46||5|
|4||Boise St QB Kellen Moore||88%||46||2|
|5||Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson||81%||42||4|
|6||Oklahoma QB Landry Jones||77%||39||3|
|7||Clemson QB Tajh Boyd||75%||37||12|
|8||Houston QB Case Keenum||75%||38||7|
|9||Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden||65%||33||9|
|10||Oklahoma St WR Justin Blackmon||42%||22||8|
|11||Michigan QB Denard Robinson||25%||12||11|
|12||Oregon RB LaMichael James||23%||12||13|
|13||Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins||21%||12||--|
|14||USC QB Matt Barkley||17%||8||--|
|15||LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu||13%||7||10|
Regional breakdown and list of participating voters on the jump...
With votes coming from multiple states, players are ranked based on a weighted percentage that adjusts for the number of participating voters in each state.
Here's the regional breakdown:
|1||Stanford QB Andrew Luck||100%||100%||100%||90%||100%||100%|
|2||Alabama RB Trent Richardson||100%||87%||80%||100%||81%||100%|
|3||Baylor QB Robert Griffin III||88%||75%||80%||100%||100%||85%|
|4||Boise St QB Kellen Moore||100%||87%||60%||90%||90%||100%|
|5||Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson||100%||87%||60%||63%||90%||85%|
|6||Oklahoma QB Landry Jones||100%||62%||80%||81%||54%||85%|
|7||Clemson QB Tajh Boyd||77%||62%||100%||54%||72%||85%|
|8||Houston QB Case Keenum||77%||75%||100%||72%||81%||42%|
|9||Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden||66%||50%||80%||45%||81%||71%|
|10||Oklahoma St WR Justin Blackmon||44%||37%||40%||27%||63%||42%|
|11||Michigan QB Denard Robinson||22%||12%||60%||18%||27%||14%|
|12||Oregon RB LaMichael James||11%||37%||20%||27%||18%||28%|
|13||Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins||22%||25%||20%||36%||27%||0%|
|14||USC QB Matt Barkley||22%||25%||20%||9%||0%||28%|
|15||LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu||0%||25%||0%||9%||18%||28%|
Participating voters included:
Mid-Atlantic: Frank Bodani, Richard Cirminiello, Doug Doughty, Phil Kornblut, Chuck Landon, Bob Molinaro, Matthew Osborne, Keith Sargeant, Dave Weekley
Midwest: Andy Baggot, Randy Beard, Mike Carmin, Doug Clarke, Jeff Rapp, Mark Rea, Drew Sharp, Jon Spencer
Northeast: C.J. McCarthy, Cory McCartney, Rick McGowan, Chuck Pollock, B.J. Schecter
South: Brady Ackerman, Sean Baligian, Rick Bozich, Olin Buchanan, John Crist, Pat Dooley, Joe Girvan, Joey Johnston, Joshua Parrott, Billy Reed, Bob Tompkins
Southwest: Jimmy Burch, Sean Callahan, David Collier, Cedric Golden, Gary Ivins, Harry King, Reid Laymance, Bob Lutz, Dave Matter, David McCollum, Mike'l Severe
West: Mark Anderson, Roxy Bernstein, Steve Bisheff, Bob Condotta, Mike Lewis, Eric Schmoldt, Kevin Schnepf