As of Thursday night, Falk was tied for fourth with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with five percent of votes cast. Reynolds was first (36 percent), followed by Alabama running back Derrick Henry (31 percent) and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (six percent).
The sponsor of the poll, Nissan, gets one vote in the real Heisman balloting and is using the poll to determine who it will support. Voting continues through 9 p.m. Pacific time Saturday.
As for the reason Falk and Reynolds, along with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, were dropped from the poll on Monday, ESPN told the Washington Post it was a technical foible.
The names on the poll originally were driven by those appearing on the Heisman Watch List compiled in ESPN's experts' poll. Because Falk, Reynolds, Henry and Cook didn't receive any expert votes this week, like they did last week, their names vanished on Monday. Falk was well into double-digit support at the time.
ESPN corrected the oversight Thursday, so that now any player who had previously received at least one percent of the fan vote was back on the ballot.
COUGARS WHO'VE FINISHED IN THE TOP 10 FOR THE HEISMAN TROPHY :
• 2005 - senior RB Jerome Harrison (ninth)
• 2002 - senior QB Jason Gesser (seventh)
• 1997 - junior QB Ryan Leaf (third)
• 1993 - junior QB Drew Bledsoe (eighth)
• 1988 - junior QB Timm Rosenbach (seventh)
• 1984 - junior RB Rueben Mayes (tenth)
• 1978 - senior QB Jack Thompson (ninth)
• 1936 - senior QB Ed Goddard (unclear: eighth, ninth or tenth)