LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The HeismanPundit.com straw poll of Heisman Trophy voters has been the most accurate predictor of the award the past seven seasons.
In the first edition of the poll released Tuesday morning, University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is No. 2 in the voting, with Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd leading the list.
Boyd received three first-place votes and 16 points. Bridgewater garnered two first-place votes and 10 points. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was third, followed by four players tied for fourth place, including Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Ohio State QB Braxton Miller.
Bridgewater completed 23 of 28 passes for five touchdowns in Sunday's 49-7 season-opening win over Ohio. Boyd directed a potent Clemson attack in a 38-35 win over Georgia Saturday. He threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more, finishing the game 18 of 30 for 272 yards while running 13 times for 42.
After one game, Bridgewater ranks No. 3 in the nation in passing efficiency (behind Florida State freshman Jameis Winston an Indiana's Nate Sudfeld). He also is tied for No. 1 in touchdown passes with five, and ranks seventh in yards per attempt at 12.7 and completion percentage at 82.1.
On third down, Bridgewater went 8-for-8 in the opener, for 117 yards and two touchdowns. His NCAA efficiency rating on third down was 305.5.
Saturday, August 30 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:51:46 GMT
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