Five 2013 Heisman hopefuls
Heisman hopeful No. 1: QB Jameis Winston
Famous Jameis Winston burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2013, leading the Florida State Seminoles to an undefeated 12-0 campaign. The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the year leads the Conference with 3,490 yards and 35 touchdown passes. Going into this Saturday’s ACC Championship game against the No. 20 ranked Duke Blue Devils, Winston is just one touchdown shy of the FBS freshmen record, set by Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford in 2007.
Heisman hopeful No. 2: QB Jordan Lynch
The dual-threat quarterback has simply not had a bad game in 2013, guiding the Northern Illinois Huskies to a perfect 12-0 record – good for No. 14 in the BCS. The six-foot redshirt senior is third in the nation in rushing yards with 1,755. He can pass too, completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,457 yards with 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions. The Huskies play Bowling Green State University on Friday in the Mid-American Conference Championship. If Northern Illinois wins, they will likely play in a BCS game for the second consecutive season.
Heisman hopeful No. 3: RB Andre Williams
The Boston College running back seemingly came out of nowhere in 2013 to rush for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns through 12 games. Prior to his senior season, Williams’ career high for rushing yards was 584 yards in 2012. The Eagles weren’t expected to contend at all in head coach Steve Addazio’s first season, but with Williams help, Boston College finished the regular season with a 7-5 record. Even though he had to leave the Syracuse game early last week, the Schnecksville, Pennsylvania native has still accounted for 47.5 percent of the Eagles total offense on the year.
Heisman hopeful No. 4: QB A.J. McCarron
With 10:52 remaining in the fourth quarter of last week’s matchup between No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 Auburn, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron threw a perfect pass down the right sideline to receiver Amari Cooper for a 99-yard touchdown, putting the Crimson Tide ahead 28-21. This was a defining moment in an ever-changing Heisman race. This pass was eventually forgotten due to the wild ending, which saw Auburn win on a missed field goal return. But even with the loss, the senior McCarron has thrown for 26 touchdowns to just five interceptions, while completing 67.6 percent of his passes in the tough SEC. He has also been sacked just 10 times all year .
Heisman hopeful No. 5: QB Braxton Miller
The Junior Ohio State quarterback has led the Buckeyes to a 22-0 record in games started by him over the past two years – that includes a birth in the Big-10 Championship Game Saturday and current No. 2 BCS ranking. Although he missed games against Cal and Florida A&M early this year, Miller is still a legit Heisman candidate. He leads the Buckeyes with 1,759 passing yards, is second on the team 891 rushing yards and has amassed 29 total touchdowns. Long renowned as a running quarterback only, Miller has increased his completion percentage from 58.3 a year ago, to 65.7 percent this year. Miller and the Buckeyes take on the No. 10 ranked Michigan State Spartans this Saturday.