The latest Heisman Pundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll was released earlier Tuesday and USC wide receiver Marqise Lee comes in at No. 3 on the list, behind Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.
Now in its seventh season, the former HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll has been reborn as the HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the last five seasons, with the final 2011 poll correctly picking the top seven finishers. It is made up of 11 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis (just 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.
Klein has led No. 2 Kansas State to a perfect 8-0 record thus far, totaling 1,630 passing yards and 12 touchdowns through the air, and 634 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns via the ground.
Lee broke a USC single-game record and a Pac-12 record with 345 receiving yards in the Trojans loss at Arizona. He moved up four spots from last week, jumping Alabama's AJ McCarron, Ohio State's Braxton Miller, West Virginia's Geno Smith and Oregon's Kenjon Barner.
Through eight games, the sophomore wideout has 76 receptions for 1129 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last year as a freshman, Lee totaled 73 receptions, 1143 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games.
Lee was also named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. It was his second such honor this season after earning Special Teams Player of the Week after the team's first game against Hawai'i.
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