On Saturday night, one of the six best players in college football will be awarded the 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy in New York City.
The Six Heisman Candidates
Jordan Lynch would be the first Northern Illinois Huskie and first MAC Conference player to win the Trophy. The senior led his team to a 12-1 season as quarterback with 2,676 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns.
Johnny Manziel would be the second player ever to win the Heisman Trophy more than once, with Archie Griffin (’74, ’75) as the only winner currently with this honor. The sophomore quarterback for Texas A&M passed for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns, surpassing his 3,706 passing yards and 26 touchdowns from the 2012 season.
Tres Mason would be the fourth Auburn Tiger to win the Heisman Trophy and the second in just four years, after Cam Newton’s win in 2010. The junior running back rushed for 1,621 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns. Mason also received for 121 yards and returned 395 kickoff yards, scoring one touchdown during a kickoff return.
A.J. McCarron led the Alabama Crimson Tide to an 11-1 season as the senior quarterback. He passed for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns, completing 207 of 306 passes.
Andre Williams would be the first Boston College Eagle to win the trophy in 29 years, since Doug Flutie’s win in 1984. The senior running back rushed for 2,102 yards, scored 17 touchdowns, and averaged 6.4 yards per carry.
Jamies Winston would become only the second redshirt freshman to win the prestigious award and the third Florida State Seminole, behind Charlie Ward (’93) and Chris Weinke (’00). Last year, Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M quarterback was the freshman winner. Winston led his team to an undefeated season with 3,820 passing yards and 38 passing touchdowns.
According to many college football analysts, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the frontrunner.
According to the Heisman’s website;
“For the 79th time since its inception in 1935, the Heisman Memorial Trophy will be awarded to an individual designated as the outstanding college football player in the United States. The Heisman Trophy is a national symbol of collegiate football experience and competitiveness. At the same time, it has become the single most celebrated and sought-after award in American collegiate athletics.”
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