December 14, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports
Jordan Lynch – QB Northern Illinois
Passing: 2376 yards 23 TDs 63 Completion %
Rushing: 1881 yards 22 TDs 6.9 YPC
Lynch had a great season leading Northern Illinois to a 12-1 record. His legs combined with his accuracy and decision making make him one of the top playmakers in college football. Lynch is the only QB to ever finish in the top 15 in the nation in rushing. Unfortunately, a loss late in the season to Bowling Green State University in the MAC championship cut his Heisman chances down; he still put up great numbers and deserves the invite to New York.
Tre Mason – RB Auburn
Rushing: 1621 yards 22 TDs 5.7 YPC
Entering the season I’m pretty sure the average college football fan knew little about Mr. Tre Mason. Why? Well let’s just say last season Auburn had one of its worst seasons and were forgotten about in 2012, but last season, Mason rushed for 1,000 yards. About midway through, he was having another solid season, rushing for over 700 yards through 8 games, but after that a switch went on. He went on to average 174 yards per game over the last 5 games, including a 164 yard performance against then #1 Alabama and a 304 yard performance vs Missouri in the SEC championship.
Johnny Manziel – QB Texas A&M
Passing: 3732 yards 33 TDs 69 Comp %
Rushing: 686 yards 8 TDs 5.2 YPC
The nations most controversial college football player had another solid season amidst a couple of minor injuries. Despite having a sub-par defense and losing a few offensive pieces to thew NFL, Manziel still managed to put up some decent numbers. The 4 losses that Texas A&M suffered hurts Manziel’s chances this year as he had a solid season, but it’s not enough wins for Johnny Football and Company to help him bring home the hardware.
Andre Williams – RB Boston College
Rushing: 2102 yards 17 TDs 6.4 YPC
In perhaps this season’s biggest underdog story, Andre Williams helped lead one of the nations best running attacks. Last season Boston College finished the season 2-10, but this year with their determination focused on running the ball, they finished 7-5. Williams played a huge part in their seven wins. Williams combination of strength and vision made him one of the nation’s best running backs. Once he reached the second level of defenses, he punished linebackers and defensive backs. Williams rushed for over 2,000 yards this season. To put that into perspective, there are some FBS teams that didn’t rush for 2,000 yards as a rushing unit.
AJ McCarron – QB Alabama
AJ McCarron is one of most underrated players in college football. WHY? Well it’s simply because people believe since he plays with a lot of playmakers and Alabama gets a ton of great recruits, they feel he has the easy job. Many people believe you could plug any QB into Bama’s system and they still would do well. I’m here to change that perception because there have been times where AJ has made some tough throws in tough situations. One example being in the Auburn game, while backed up on their one yard line, McCarron threw a 99 yard strike to WR Amari Cooper for a go ahead touchdown. For all he has helped Alabama accomplish, he definitely deserved a chance at the Heisman and he gets his chance tonight.
Jameis Winston – QB Florida State
Passing: 3820 yards 38 TDs 68 Comp %
Despite the rape investigation hovering over his head for a third of the season, Winston never let that disturb his play on the field. The redshirt freshman went on to have a stellar season and break the NCAA Freshman record for touchdown passes. Mel Kiper even went as far in saying that if he entered the NFL draft this season he would be the #1 pick. Winston is a one of a kind talent along the lines of a Cam Newton.
Prediction: QB Jameis Winston wins the Heisman
Winston is one of the best players overall (and maybe this season) on one of the best teams (if not the best Florida State, ranked #1).