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Week 8: Boyd and Richardson surge

Posted on October 27, 2011 in News.

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 poll. The poll asked voters to share an unranked top-10 "watch list" for the Heisman Trophy.

1Stanford QB Andrew Luck98%501
2Alabama RB Trent Richardson91%476
3Baylor QB Robert Griffin III88%465
4Boise St QB Kellen Moore88%462
5Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson81%424
6Oklahoma QB Landry Jones77%393
7Clemson QB Tajh Boyd75%3712
8Houston QB Case Keenum75%387
9Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden65%339
10Oklahoma St WR Justin Blackmon42%228
11Michigan QB Denard Robinson25%1211
12Oregon RB LaMichael James23%1213
13Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins21%12--
14USC QB Matt Barkley17%8--
15LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu13%710

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:

1Stanford QB Andrew Luck100%100%100%90%100%100%
2Alabama RB Trent Richardson100%87%80%100%81%100%
3Baylor QB Robert Griffin III88%75%80%100%100%85%
4Boise St QB Kellen Moore100%87%60%90%90%100%
5Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson100%87%60%63%90%85%
6Oklahoma QB Landry Jones100%62%80%81%54%85%
7Clemson QB Tajh Boyd77%62%100%54%72%85%
8Houston QB Case Keenum77%75%100%72%81%42%
9Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden66%50%80%45%81%71%
10Oklahoma St WR Justin Blackmon44%37%40%27%63%42%
11Michigan QB Denard Robinson22%12%60%18%27%14%
12Oregon RB LaMichael James11%37%20%27%18%28%
13Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins22%25%20%36%27%0%
14USC QB Matt Barkley22%25%20%9%0%28%
15LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu0%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