There’s a new leader in the Athletics Heisman straw polls this week, and it’s the man who’s been ranked third and fourth most of the season.
Oregon’s Bo Nick, the favorite to win college football’s most coveted award, received 11 second-place votes from a panel of 33 writers and editors to take his first lead of the season, according to BTMGM.
Knicks, the NCAA’s all-time leader in starts by a quarterback (58 and counting), threw a career-high six touchdown passes in the first half of Saturday’s 49-13 blowout win over Arizona State.
Nicks leads the nation in completion percentage (78.1), ranks second in passing efficiency (191.35) and touchdown passes (35) and fourth in passing yards (3,539).
Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. and LSU’s Jayden Daniels finished second in this week’s poll. Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. was the only other player to receive a vote. Injured Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis was dropped from the draft.
Athletics follows the same voting protocol as the Heisman: three points for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote, one point for a third-place vote.
Michael Pennix Jr
Marvin Harrison Jr
Nix is looking to become the second Oregon player to win the Heisman. Marcus Mariota won it in 2014.
Oregon can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against Washington by beating rival Oregon State on Friday or losing to Arizona State.
LSU ends the regular season at home against Texas A&M.
Ohio State will play Michigan in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday.
At this point, the Heisman could go down to the winner of the Pac-12 title game – for the second time this season, Washington vs. It’s Oregon.
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