Luck & Wilson atop Heisman race, Denard #3

After five weeks, clarity begins to come to the Heisman Trophy race ... there's a clear Top Two, with Denard coming up on the outside.

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 

rank   player weighted% votes prev

1   Stanford QB Andrew Luck 95% 43 1
2 Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson 94% 45 7
3 Michigan QB Denard Robinson 87% 39 6
4 Alabama RB Trent Richardson 86% 40 8
5 Boise St QB Kellen Moore 86% 39 2
6 Baylor QB Robert Griffin III 85% 40 3
7 Oklahoma QB Landry Jones 82% 39 4
8 South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore 66% 30 5
9   Oregon RB LaMichael James 61% 30 9
10   Oklahoma St WR Justin Blackmon 45% 22 10
11 Clemson QB Tajh Boyd 45% 19 15
12 Houston QB Case Keenum 42% 20 11
13 Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden 40% 20 12
14   LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu 38% 19 14
15 Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd 20% 12 20
16 Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson 20% 10 --
17 USC QB Matt Barkley 17% 9 --
18 Wisconsin RB Montee Ball 16% 8 --
19 Oregon QB Darron Thomas 14% 7 18
20 USC WR Robert Woods 14% 7 --


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