Missouri senior quarterback Chase Daniel has surged into the lead in the latest Heismanpundit.com poll, a weekly survey consisting of 10 Heisman-voting members of the college football media.
Daniel (42 points, 4 first-place votes) moved ahead of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow(38 points, 5 first-place votes), the returning Heisman winner who had led the first two polls of the year. So far this season, Daniel has thrown for 568 yards and 7 touchdowns while completing 68 percent of his passes. Missouri–currently ranked sixth in both polls–has scored 52 points in each of its first two games.
Despite Tebow’s slight drop in the poll, voters remained impressed by his play.
"Tebow continues to find ways to carry that offense," said one voter. "Miami got a ton of pressure on him, but he was so strong and resilient, he shrugged it all off and won the game for UF. The guy is amazing."
Georgia sophomore running back Knowshon Moreno(23 points) was third in the poll, followed by Oklahoma sophomore quarterbackSam Bradford (12 points) and USC junior quarterback Mark Sanchez(11 points, 1 first-place vote).
New entries in the poll this week include Cal running back Jahvid Best, East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney and Ball State wide receiver Dante Love.
This Week’s Poll with total points and first place votes (in parentheses):
Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri–42 (4)
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–38 (5)
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia–23
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma–12
Mark Sanchez, QB, USC–11 (1)
Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State–10
Juice Williams, QB, Illinois–6 Jahvid Best, RB, Cal–3
Pat Pinkney, QB, East Carolina–2
Pat White, QB, West Virginia–1
Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech–1
Dante Love, WR, Ball State–1