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2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:44 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

On Saturday night, the Heisman Trophy was awarded to Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3, as he's known to Baylor faithful and now the rest of the nation, collected 405 first-place votes to finish with 1,687 total voting points, well ahead of the runner-up, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck had 247 first-place votes and 1,407 total voting points.

The key to Griffin's victory in the voting was his performance in the South region -- Alabama RB Trent Richardson's home territory -- where RG3 led all contenders with 303 voting points. Richardson was second with 256 points there, and Luck was third with 182 points. That region alone accounted for nearly half of Griffin's margin of victory over Luck, and it helped stave Richardson off as a serious threat to winning the Heisman. Of course, Griffin also cleaned up in his home Southwest region, but it was his ability to win regions that he wasn't the home favorite of that landed RG3 the coveted Heisman.

Here's the final national vote ranking:

  1. Robert Griffin III, Baylor QB: 405 first-place votes, 1,687 total points
  2. Andrew Luck, Stanford QB: 247 first-place votes, 1,407 total points
  3. Trent Richardson, Alabama RB: 138 first-place votes, 978 total points
  4. Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB: 22 first-place votes, 348 total points
  5. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU DB: 34 first-place votes, 327 total points
  6. Matt Barkley, USC QB: 11 first-place votes, 153 total points
  7. Case Keenum, Houston QB: 10 first-place votes, 123 total points
  8. Kellen Moore, Boise State QB: 6 first-place votes, 90 total points
  9. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin QB: 4 first-place votes, 52 total points
  10. LaMichael James, Oregon RB: 5 first-place votes, 48 total points

And here are the regional breakdowns:

FAR WEST (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

  1. Luck: 315 points
  2. Griffin: 220 points
  3. Richardson: 137 points

MID-ATLANTIC (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

  1. Griffin: 254 points
  2. Luck: 248 points
  3. Richardson: 168 points

MIDWEST (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)

  1. Griffin: 272 points
  2. Luck: 220 points
  3. Richardson: 125 points

NORTHEAST (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)

  1. Griffin: 257 points
  2. Luck: 254 points
  3. Richardson: 160 points 

SOUTH (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) 

  1. Griffin: 303 points
  2. Richardson: 256 points
  3. Luck: 182 points

SOUTHWEST (Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)

  1. Griffin: 381 points
  2. Luck: 188 points
  3. Richardson: 132 points

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:44 am

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

No beef about the hiesman voting from me.  I have said for weeks that I thought Griffin was the best player this year.  Richardson could have had his stats padded a bit by staying in the lineup during blowout, but that isn't how Saban utilizes his players.  I am sure he will be ok settling for a chance at a 2nd national championship ring.
What has me perplexed is why they even invited Ball and Mathieu to New York.  Neither was even within 600 points of the next player above them.  Obviously a ratings ploy by the WWL

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:46 pm

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

I was going to read this and then remembered that I don't care. The Heisman is useless. I take that back. It is a hinderance in most cases. 

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:39 pm

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

THe problem on Weedon was that SEVERAL people had ALREADY voted and submitted before Bedlam ( OSUv OU)  The tv announcer  admited to his #1 pick near the end of the game.   The fact OSU lost to Iowa St. and then was not on tv  basically the last week before people had to submit votes hurt him.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:13 pm

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

OUpirate. RE: Ball scoring more than Richardson. You are and idiot. Do you homework at least. Richardson scored 23 touchdowns this year. That is one shy of averaging 2 a game. Not too shabby. Griffin was the most important player to making his Baylor team good. They go 2-10 without him. Until someone

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:52 pm

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

Heisman award sucks now period, Klein was the run away winner,  throw out the stats. He was easily the MVP of this college season. Griifin was great this year, but they lost  games, they played OU without their offense intact and sure they won at the end. Broyles was by far the best reciever ever in the 12, and more valuable than Blackmon. So all these awards are who's popular, like beauty contests. I mean Ball scored more in 3 weeks than Richardson did all year, but wait he's in the annoited SEC, so that should count for double. The title game will SUCK AGAIN, I won't even watch it, OK state or even STanford, to throw some offense at LSU, bama can't.

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:07 am

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

Chiefs I completely agree, the fact that Weedon, who the broadcasters during the Oklahoma game said that he was in the running to win, didn't even make the Top 10 is a complete shock. Nothing against the 10 that are on there, they all had good years, but Weedon lead his team to a 11-1 season. Maybe the Oklahoma game hurt him because he didn't put up the hugh stats or get any touchdowns. I think not only should have been in the Top 10, he should have been invited to New York. Mathieu is a great player don't get me wrong, but the last 2 games is what got him to the Top 5, not the complete season Weedon had.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:05 am

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

you've got a flawed sysytem that favors the bcs teams when bernard pierce is not in top 10

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:50 am

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

Great post and I concur with your assessment that Weeden should have been in the top 10 as well as his wingman Blackmon. 

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:40 am

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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:22 am

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

How in the world was Brandon Weedon not even in the top 10 in voting????? I think Weedon should've been in the top 5, or could've won it. Just because they lost to Iowa State, he fell off the Heisman map? He had great passing numbers, and his team beat up on Baylor and had 2 fewer losses than Baylor. I think many Heisman voters may have put in their votes before OK State destroyed Oklahoma. I also think Klein of KState should've been in the top 10 in Heisman after he led KState to several close victories and was second in nation in rushing TDs despite being a QB

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