AJ McCarron Leaps to 3rd Place in HeismanPundit Straw Poll

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron leapt into third place in the HeismanPundit.com Straw Poll rankings after leading the Tide to a 49-42 victory over Texas A&M.

McCarron, who was unranked in the straw poll after week one of the college football season, moves into a tie for third place with Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. McCarron’s opponent in last Saturday’s game, Johnny Manziel, retook the lead, while Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was in second place.

McCarron, who received one first-place vote in the straw poll, was 20-of-29 passing against the Aggies, with 334 yards and four touchdowns.

From the HeismanPundit site:

Now in its eighth season, the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll is the college football world’s most trusted gauge of Heisman voter sentiment. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the past seven seasons, with the final 2012 poll correctly picking the top five finishers and the final 2011 poll picking the top seven. This year’s poll is made up of 10 anonymous Heisman voters from across the country. Each week during the season they will pick three players. Tabulations for the preseason poll are tabulated like a real Heisman ballot, with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

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