After several weeks where there were four or five candidates in the top tier of the Heisman race, there are now just two well above the field: Stanford QB Andrew Luck and Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson are receiving top-12 support from over 94% of Heisman voters surveyed. Wilson rocketed from #7 last week on the strength of his big game against Nebraska.
A clear second tier has also emerged: Michigan QB Denard Robinson, Alabama RB Trent Richardson, Boise St QB Kellen Moore, Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, and Oklahoma QB Landry Jones all have top-12 support from over 80% of Heisman voters surveyed.
South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore and Oregon RB LaMichael James represent a small third tier in the Heisman race, with top-12 support from 66% and 62% of Heisman voters, respectively.
New to the Heisman race are Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson (#16) and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball (#18). USC's QB Matt Barkley and WR Robert Woods are back after a one-week absence, at #17 and #20.
Dropping out of the Heisman rankings were Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles, LSU QB Jarrett Lee, and Florida QB John Brantley.
46 actual Heisman voters from 29 states participated in this week's StiffArmTrophy.com poll. The poll asked voters to share an unranked top-12 "watch list" for the Heisman Trophy.
The 2011 StiffArmTrophy.com Week 5 Heisman Poll
Stanford QB Andrew Luck
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson
Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Alabama RB Trent Richardson
Boise St QB Kellen Moore
Baylor QB Robert Griffin III
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones
South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore
Oregon RB LaMichael James
Oklahoma St WR Justin Blackmon
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd
Houston QB Case Keenum
Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden
LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu
Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd
Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson
USC QB Matt Barkley
Wisconsin RB Montee Ball
Oregon QB Darron Thomas
USC WR Robert Woods
Luck & Wilson atop Heisman race, Denard #3
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