2016 Heisman Straw Poll: SI writers and editors pick Lamar Jackson

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Heisman Watch: Ranking the finalists
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Heisman Watch: Ranking the finalists
SI.com Staff
Thursday December 8th, 2016

If it were up to Sports Illustrated’s college football writers and editors, the 2016 Heisman Trophy race would not be close.

In a poll of SI’s college football experts, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the race by a wide margin. Thirteen of SI’s writers and editors submitted their top three choices for the Heisman, which were scored like the actual vote with three points for a first-place vote, two for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote.

Jackson ran away from the field with 37 total points, including 11 of 13 first-place votes. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson finished in a distant second with 14 points, followed by Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with 11 points. Here are the full results:

2016 Heisman Trophy Straw Poll

Rank Player School Points
1 Lamar Jackson Louisville 37
2 Deshaun Watson Clemson 14
3 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 11
4 Jonathan Allen Alabama 5
5 Dede Westbrook Oklahoma 3
6 Jake Browning Washington 2
6 Corey Davis Western Michigan 2
6 D'Onta Foreman Texas 2
6 Jabrill Peppers Michigan 2

Besides Jackson, the only other players to receive first-place votes were Watson and Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, who got one each. Allen’s five points in the SI poll put him ahead of Heisman finalists Dede Westbrook and Jabrill Peppers.

The actual Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday night to Jackson, Watson, Mayfield, Westbrook or Peppers.

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