Marcus Mariota extends lead in USA Today Heisman poll


It doesn’t seem to matter that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston just led his team to a convincing win over No. 7 Miami this past Saturday, Heisman voters are still leaning toward Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota according to the latest USA Today Heisman Poll.

Mariota’s vote total rose three percent over the previous week despite Oregon having the weekend off, as the 26 Heisman voters surveyed in the poll seemed somewhat unimpressed by Winston’s performance against the Hurricanes.

The sophomore collected 20 of a possible 26 first-place votes, while Winston had five and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel had one.

Here’s a breakdown of the ballots (three points are awarded for a first-place votes, two for second and one for third):

1. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 20-4-2 = 70

2. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: 5-14-6 = 49

3. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 1-8-9 = 28

4. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama: 0-0-6 = 6

5. QB Bryce Petty, Baylor: 0-0-3 = 3