Chris Huston is a national college football blogger and Heisman expert for CBSSports.com. He was the creator and publisher of Heismanpundit.com, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Huston coordinates the Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll, a weekly survey of Heisman voter sentiment that comes out every Tuesday here at CBSSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @Heismanpundit
|Straw Poll: 12-3-12|
|Player, School||Pts (FPV)|
|1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M||27 (8)|
|2. Manti Te'o, Notre Dame||18 (1)|
|3. Collin Klein, Kansas State||10|
|4t. Braxton Miller, Ohio State||5 (1)|
|4t. Marqise Lee, USC||5 (1)|
|Receiving votes: Kenjon Barner, Oregon -- 1|
The 11 members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Tom Dienhart of The Big Ten Network, Michael Lev of the Orange County Register, Bruce Feldman, Dennis Dodd and Bryan Fischer of CBSSports.com, Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News, Lenn Robbins of the New York Post, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman and Dave Hackenberg of The Toledo Blade. Chris Huston, CBSSports.com Heisman analyst and publisher of HeismanPundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.
Inspired by his first up-close exposure to the Heisman process in 2002, Chris formulated The 10 Heismandments, a set of unspoken, unofficial guidelines that govern how the Heisman winner is selected. From these rules sprang the idea for Heismanpundit.com -– and the rest is history.
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel rode a record-breaking season all the way to a history-making finish in the Heisman Trophy race.
|Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M||474||252||103||2,029|
|Manti Te'o, Notre Dame||321||309||125||1,706|
|Collin Klein, Kansas St.||60||197||320||894|
Manziel tallied 474 first-place votes and 2,029 total points, comfortably ahead of runner-up Manti Te'o, the linebacker from Notre Dame, who tallied 1,706 points. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was third with 894 points.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Manziel was fantastic in his first year as a starter, compiling an SEC-record 4,600 yards of total offense -- including 43 total touchdowns -- while leading the Aggies to a 10-2 record in their first year in the league. It was A&M's best season since 1998. Manziel became just the fifth player in FBS history -- and the first freshman-- to throw for more than 3,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000.
Below is a list of the candidates with the best chance to win the Heisman Trophy: