Actual Votes 2004


  • Some of our votes are emailed to us by voters who ask to remain anonymous. Those are included below as "Anonymous Voter".
  • The chart now includes the final SHNS poll, conducted by the Rocky Mountain News. We've changed how we're handling these numbers this year.
  • Rece Davis, of ESPN GameDay, has declared his top two are Peterson and White - but won't say what order. So, we've added #2 votes for each. Reggie Bush is his #3.
  • Mike Garrett, 1965 winner (and USC athletic director), said previously he's voting for Matt Leinart - and then said it's "Matt Bush". We're assuming that's Leinart #1, Bush #2.
  • Bob Keisser of the Long Beach Press-Telegram won't say what order he voted, so we've put down three #3 votes for his picks - Arrington, Leinart, and Smith.
  • Desmond Howard, 1991 winner, declared on the Best Damn Sports Show Period that his top three "in no particular order" were Bush, Leinart, and White. We've put down three #3 votes.
  • Todd Blackledge of ABC Sports appeared on 1540 AM in Los Angeles and declared his top two were White and Leinart, so we've added two #2 votes.

Miscellaneous Votes:

  • Ron Dayne, 1999 winner, did not submit a vote.
  • Danny Wuerffel, 1996 winner, failed to cast his vote on time.
  • Greg Brownell of the Glens Fall (NY) Post-Star asked his readers to vote - and they gave a #1 vote to Michigan RB Michael Hart.
  • Joe Biddle of the Nashville Tennessean cast a #3 vote for Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams.
  • Anonymous Voter #3 cast a #3 vote for Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams.
  • Anonymous Voter #4 cast a #3 vote for Ohio State K Mike Nugent.
  • Ballot #923 from includes a #3 vote for Purdue QB Kyle Orton.
  • Carson Palmer, 2002 winner, voted #3 for USC WR Dwayne Jarrett.
  • Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post voted #3 for Chad Friehauf of Division II Colorado Mines. Learn more about Friehauf here.
  • Don Doxsie of the Quad City (Iowa) Times cast his #3 vote for Northern Illinois RB Garret Wolfe.
  • Tom Loverro of the Washington Times cast his #2 vote for Louisville QB Stephan LeFors.
  • Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal cast his #2 vote for Louisville QB Stephan LeFors.
  • Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times cast his #3 vote for Louisville QB Stephan LeFors.
  • Keith Langlois of the Oakland Press cast his #3 vote for Louisville QB Stephan LeFors.
  • David Climer of the The Nashville Tennessean cast his #3 vote for Louisville QB Stephan LeFors.
  • Pat Forde of The Courier-Journal (and ESPN) cast his #3 vote for Louisville QB Stephan LeFors.
  • Dan Daly of the Washington Times cast his #3 vote for Louisville QB Stephan LeFors.
  • Tom Dienhart of the Sporting News cast a #3 vote for Auburn RB Carnell Williams.
  • Jim Mashek of the Sun Herald (Mississippi) cast a #3 vote for Auburn RB Carnell Williams.
  • Dennis Whitton of the Lowell Sun cast a #1 vote for Auburn RB Carnell Williams.

voterpublicationregionJ WhiteA PetersonM LeinartR BushA SmithB EdwardsC BensonJ CampbellA RodgersJ Arrington
Ballot #923 (fan vote) FAN12
Andre Ware PAST1
Archie Griffin PAST1
Barry Sanders PAST1
Billy Sims PAST123
Carson Palmer PAST12
Charles J White PAST12
Charles Woodson PAST21
Charlie Ward PAST213
Desmond Howard PAST333
Eric Crouch PAST321
Herschel Walker PAST1
Jason J White PAST12
John Huarte PAST1
John Lujack PAST1
Johnny A Rodgers PAST123
Marcus Allen PAST1
Mike Garrett PAST12
O.J. Simpson PAST1
Rashaan Salaam PAST1
Steve Owens PAST123
Tim Brown PAST1
Barker DavisWashington Timesatl1
Beano Cook*ESPNatl312
Bob MolinaroVirginian-Pilotatl1
Chip Alexander Raleigh News Observeratl123
Dan DalyWashington Timesatl13
Dave FairbankDaily Pressatl213
David TeelNewport Newsatl213
Doug DoughtyRoanoke Timesatl21
Frank DascenzoDurham Herald-Sunatl213
Jeff WhiteRichmond (Va.) Times-Dispatchatl231
Jerry KellarWilkes-Barre Times-Leaderatl123
John BrasierAndersonSC.comatl312
John Markon Richmond Times Dispatchatl213
Neil RudelAltoona Mirroratl213
Nick HorvathHarrisburg Patriot-Newsatl132
Ray FittipaldoPittsburgh Post-Gazetteatl213
Tom LoverroWashington Timesatl13
Tom LuicciNewark Star-Ledgeratl312
Andy BaggotWisconsin State Journalmidw312
Angelique ChengelisDetroit Newsmidw321
Anonymous Voter #4midw21
Anonymous Voter #6midw132
Bill Livingstonplaindealer.commidw123
Bob AsmussenChampaign News-Gazettemidw1
Bob HunterColumbus Dispatchmidw1
Dave DyeDetroit Newsmidw231
David MayoGrand Rapids Pressmidw123
Don DoxsieQuad City (Iowa) Timesmidw21
Drew SharpDetroit Free Pressmidw123
Earle RobinsonWKARmidw213
Jack EblingWQTX 92.7 FMmidw321
Jeff PotrykusMilwaukee Journal Sentinelmidw213
John NiyoDetroit Newsmidw123
Jon Spencercentralohio.commidw132
Keith Langlois Oakland Pressmidw12
Lindsay WillhiteChicago Daily Heraldmidw213
Mike HlasCedar Rapids Gazettemidw132
Mike Lucasmadison.commidw1
Pete DiPrimioFort Wayne News-Sentinelmidw123
Randy KindredBloomington-Normal Pantagraphmidw321
Rick TelanderChicago Sun-Timesmidw1
Ron RapoportChicago Sun-Timesmidw213
Steve BattersonQuad City (Iowa) Timesmidw2
Teddy GreensteinChicago Tribunemidw213
Terry HersomSioux City Journalmidw132
Tom Dienhartsportingnews.commidw21
Tom Oatesmadison.commidw213
Troy JohnsonColumbus Ledger-Inquirermidw213
Albert BreerMetro West Dailyne1
Bob MatthewsRochester Democrat & Chroniclene321
Bob RyanBoston Globene1
Bob SnyderSyracuse Post-Standardne132
Chris RussoWFANne213
Chuck CulpepperNew York Newsdayne213
Dick WeissNew York Daily Newsne1
Frank BodaniYork Daily Recordne123
Greg BrownellGlens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Starne32
Howard SimonWGRne231
Lenn RobbinsNY Postne132
Mark BlaudschunBoston Globe/SHNSne321
Mike FrancescaWFANne213
Mike SchoppWGRne321
Mike ShalinBoston Heraldne1
Patrick GarrityBurlington Free Pressne312
Scott PitoniakRochester Democrat & Chroniclene312
Tim LaydenSports Illustratedne321
Anonymous Voter #3south21
Blake FultonNashville SportsNightsouth312
Chip TowersAtlanta Journal-Constitutionsouth321
Chris LowThe Tennesseansouth123
David ClimerThe Nashville Tennesseansouth21
David WhitleyOrlando Sentinelsouth213
Jay TateMontgomery Advertisersouth312
Jim MashekSun Heraldsouth12
Joe BiddleNashville Tennesseansouth12
John DwyerNashville Newschannel 2south231
Ken WillisDaytona Beach News-Journalsouth123
Kevin ScarbinskyBirmingham Newssouth321
Mark BradleyAtlanta Journal-Constitutionsouth213
Mark EdwardsDecatur Dailysouth132
Mark HowardNashville City Papersouth321
Mike KnoblerAtlanta Journal-Constitutionsouth231
Mike OrganNashville Tennesseansouth213
Neal McCreadyMobile (Ala.) Registersouth213
Pat DooleyGainesville Sunsouth123
Pat FordeThe Courier-Journalsouth12
Paul FinebaumMobile (Ala.) Registersouth321
Rana CashAtlanta Journal-Constitutionsouth132
Ray Melick Birmingham Post-Herald/MSNBCsouth132
Rick BozichLouisville Courier-Journalsouth31
Ron HigginsCommercial Appealsouth213
Sam KouvarisSamSportsline.comsouth213
Steve WycheAtlanta Journal-Constitutionsouth213
Tim BrandoCBS Sportssouth132
Tommy DeasTuscaloosa Newssouth123
Tony BarnhartAtlanta Journal-Constitutionsouth213
Al EschbachWWLSsw123
Al JerkinsKJRHsw132
BG Brooksrockymountainnews.comsw312
Bob Barry Jr.WWLSsw123
Bob Barry Sr.KFORsw132
Bruce HaertlKWCHsw123
Carter StricklandThe Oklahomansw321
Chuck Barretsw1
Chuck WoodlingLawrence (KS) Journal-Worldsw132
Clay HenryHawgs Illustratedsw231
Clay HorningNorman Transcriptsw132
Dave SittlerTulsa (Okla.) Worldsw1
Dean BlevinsKWTV/NewsOK.comsw132
Dennis Doddsportsline.comsw213
Gary SharpKLIN Radiosw132
George SchroederThe Oklahomansw132
Greg ArchuletaAlbuquerque (N.M.) Journalsw231
Howard RichmanKansas City Starsw1
Ian MartinKNMLsw123
Jeffrey ParsonWichita Eaglesw132
Jenni CarlsonThe Oklahomansw132
Jerome SolomonHouston Chroniclesw3
Jimmy BurchFort Worth Star-Telegramsw123
John HelsleyThe Oklahomansw123
John HolcombKWTV/NewsOK.comsw132
John MabryLincoln Journal-Starsw213
John Rohde The Oklahoman/MSNBC/SHNSsw132
Keith WhitmireDallas Morning Newssw123
Kevin HaskinTopeka (Kan.) Capital-Journalsw1
Kevin Kugler1620 AMsw1
Kevin SherringtonDallas Morning Newssw132
Kirk Bohls Austin American-Statesman/SHNSsw132
Mark Kiszla Denver Postsw21
Mark KnudsonTheInsiders.comsw1
Mark RosnerAustin American-Statesmansw132
Matt DoyleTulsa (Okla.) Worldsw312
Mike BaldwinThe Oklahomansw132
Mike ZiegenhornKTULsw123
Olin BuchananAustin American-Statesmansw312
Randy GallowayFort Worth Star Telegramsw123
Randy RiggsAustin American-Statesmansw123
Roger MooreStillwater News Presssw132
Scott Cain Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/SHNSsw231
Scott FaldonSouthwest Times Recordsw312
Spencer TillmanCBS Sportssw1
Terry Douglasstheindependent.comsw312
Terry WoodNorthwest Arkansas Timessw213
Tim GriffinSan Antonio Express-Newssw132
Tom ShatelOmaha World-Herald sw132
Travis JusticeKMTV-3sw132
Vahe Gregorian St. Louis Post-Dispatch/SHNSsw132
Anonymous Voter #2west213
Art WilsonPasadena Star-Newswest132
Bill DwyreLA Timeswest213
Bob CondottaSeattle Timeswest213
Bob Keisserpresstelegram.comwest333
Brady SlaterIdaho State Journalwest123
Bud Withers Seattle Timeswest312
Chris Dufresne LA Times/SHNSwest321
Dan BickleyArizona Republicwest1
Dave AlbeeMarin Independent Journalwest213
Dave NewhouseAlameda Times-Starwest132
Dick HarmonDeseret Newswest231
Doug Krikorian Long Beach Press Telegramwest13
Jake CurtisSan Francisco Chroniclewest21
John McGrathTacoma News-Tribunewest1
Ken GoeThe Oregonianwest132
Mark AsherXTRA 910west132
Mark WhickerOrange County Register west231
Mike LewisThe Salt Lake (Utah) Tribunewest213
Mike PraterThe Idaho Statesmanwest321
Mike Waldnerdailybreeze.comwest213
Nick CanepaSignOnSanDiego.comwest312
Pat Haden*NBC Sportswest321
Paul OberjuergeSan Bernardino Sunwest123
Pete Arbogast west1
Scott JohnsonMissoulianwest123
Stephen DilbeckLA Daily Newswest213
Steve Bisheff Orange County Register west312
Ted MillerSeattle PIwest1
B.J. SchecterSports Illustratedunknown312
Craig JamesABC-TVunknown132
Gene WojciechowskiESPN.comunknown312
Ivan MaiselESPN.comunknown312
Jim LampleyHBOunknown1
John WaltersSports Illustratedunknown132
Lee "Hacksaw" Hamiltonunknown1
Lee CorsoESPNunknown213
Mark MayESPNunknown321
Matt HayesThe Sporting News/MSNBCunknown321
Michael BradleySports Illustratedunknown213
Mike TiricoESPNunknown213
Mike WoodsNBC Sportsunknown213
Rece DavisESPNunknown223
Richard CirminielloCollegeFootballNews.comunknown312
Scott Wetzelradio.sportingnews.comunknown231
Stewart MandelSports Illustratedunknown132
Terry BowdenABC Sportsunknown1
Todd BlackledgeABC Sportsunknown22
Todd Helmickunknown213
Trev AlbertsESPNunknown132
Unknown SHNS Voter (A)SHNSunknown132
Unknown SHNS Voter (E)SHNSunknown321
Unknown SHNS Voter (F)SHNSunknown213
Unknown SHNS Voter (G)SHNSunknown132

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