Six Heisman Finalist Named

Heisman Trophy winner 2013 FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston

UPDATE: Jameis Wintson is the winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy.  Winston was the favorite to win the Heisman on Saturday night. He’s had a magical freshman season on the field, leading Florida State to the national championship. But of course he’s had to face sexual assault allegations off it.

Jamesis Winston 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner

Congratulations to the Finalists: Jordan Lynch,  Johnny Manziel,  Tre Mason,  AJ McCarron,   Andre Williams  and Jameis Winston.

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heisman-presentationA look at the six Heisman finalists…Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston received 44.8% of the vote in the final Gannett Heisman survey before ballots were due Monday, signaling he is the clear favorite for the award, which will be announced Saturday in New York.

Johnny Manziel:  AKA Johnny Football won the award last year and has put together a pretty impressive encore, tallying 4,418 total yards (3,732 passing, 686 rushing), 41 total touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

  • ABOUT:  Jonathan Paul Manziel, also known by his nickname, Johnny Football, is an American football quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies. He was nationally recruited out of high school as a dual-threat quarterback.

Jordan Lynch:  Northern Illinois’ Lynch has “only” 2,676 yards and 23 scores through the air, but as one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in America, he has posted another 1,881 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing.

  • ABOUT:  Jordan Lynch is an American football quarterback for the Northern Illinois Huskies.

AJ McCarron:  For McCarron, who has enjoyed such a productive collegiate career, this is a bit of a “lifetime-achievement” honor, although 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns, just five interceptions and an 11-1 record is quite impressive.

  • ABOUT:  Raymond Anthony “AJ” McCarron, Jr. is an American football quarterback for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

Tre Mason: Auburn running back Tre Mason, who will face Winston in the national championship game, carved out 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns, and was especially big in the crucial games, combining for 468 on the ground against Alabama and Missouri.

  • ABOUT:  Tre Mason is an American football running back who plays college football for the Auburn Tigers.:  Williams, who has flown somewhat under the radar at Boston College but deserves to be considered for this honor after leading the country in carries (329) and rushing yards (2,102).

Jameis Winston:  Winston is leading the way as the majority favorite is undoubtedly Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who has completed 67.9 percent of his throws for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leads the country with a 190.1 passer rating and guided the ‘Noles to a 13-0 record and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

  • ABOUT: Jameis Winston is an American collegiate athlete. He plays college football and baseball for the Florida State University Seminoles. His position is quarterback in football, and outfielder and relief pitcher in baseball.

Andre Williams:  Williams, Boston College running back, the nation’s leading rusher who averaged 175.2 yards per game this season. Williams became the 16th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in one season, submitting a performance that ranked ninth best in the history of college football.

  • ABOUT:  Senior Andre Williams has appeared in and started all 11 games at running back … is a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award given annually to college football’s top running back.  He earned All-State Class AAAA first-team honors as a senior running back at Parkland High School…selected as the Morning Call Player of the Year…also gained All-Area and All-Lehigh Valley Conference accolades in 2009…carried the ball 128 times for 1,913 yards and 33 touchdowns in his senior season…also made four receptions for 30 yards…ran for 258 yards and five scores in a win over East Stroudsburg South…led the Trojans to a 10-3 record in 2009…rushed for 959 yards and 14 touchdowns on 151 carries in 2008…spent two years at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, before moving to Parkland.

Heisman Trophy Winners 1935 – 2012 here

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (usually known colloquially as the Heisman Trophy or the Heisman), is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. It is presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust in early December before the postseason bowl games.

The award was created in 1935 as the Downtown Athletic Club trophy and renamed the following year after the death of the Club’s athletic director, John Heisman, whose roles in college athletics included football player; head football, basketball, and baseball coach; and athletic director. It is the oldest of several overall awards in college football, including the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and the AP Player of the Year. The Heisman and the AP Player of the Year honor the most outstanding player, while the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards recognize the best player, and the Archie Griffin Award recognizes the most valuable player.

Heisman Trivia:

The presentation of the Heisman trophy was not broadcast on television until 1977.

The award was first presented in 1935 by the Downtown Athletic Club (DAC) in Manhattan, New York, a privately owned recreation facility located on the lower west side near the later site of the former World Trade Center.

On December 8, 1977, CBS (who paid US $200,000 for the rights) aired a one hour (at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time) special to celebrate the presentation of the Heisman trophy.

Several Heisman trophies have been sold over the years. O. J. Simpson’s 1968 trophy was sold in February 1999 for $230,000 as part of the settlement of the civil trial in the O. J. Simpson murder case.[1] Yale end Larry Kelley sold his 1936 Heisman in December 1999 for the sum of $328,110 to settle his estate and to provide a bequest for his family.  Charles White’s 1979 trophy first sold for $184,000 and then for nearly $300,000 in December 2006 to help pay back federal income taxes.

Bowl Schedule

bcs championshipBCS National Championship Game (Jan. 6): Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1). Remember that Auburn-Oregon title game after the 2010 campaign that everyone assumed would turn into a shootout but instead finished 22-19? Let’s try some reverse psychology. Florida State holds a Gus Malzahn offense to 63 rushing yards and Auburn picks off Jameis Winston four times. OK, stop laughing.

2. Rose (Jan. 1): Michigan State (12-1) vs. Stanford (11-2). Cardinal coach David Shaw said on Sunday that people who appreciate “real football’ will love this game. Mark Dantonio presumably snarled in agreement. It’s a matchup between two teams loaded with mean, hungry defenders, like Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy and Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough. It’s also the 100th Rose Bowl.

3. Orange (Jan. 3): Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2). After both of his team’s last two games, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes need to get their pass defense “fixed.” Now, they’ll face Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins. Braxton Miller at safety, anybody?

4. Cotton (Jan. 3): Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2). This should be a fun little Big 12 reunion, as we’ll find out whether the Cowboys suddenly gained SEC speed, too. Drool over the possible matchup of Mizzou wide receiver Dorial Green Beckham against Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert.

5. Sugar (Jan. 2): Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2). It’s a glamour matchup between two decorated programs. Unfortunately, it’s also a colossal mismatch that Oklahoma can’t win. As Utah learned in 2009, Alabama doesn’t lose Sugar Bowls — it “doesn’t get up” for them.

6. Capital One (Jan. 1): South Carolina (10-2) vs. Wisconsin (9-3). Three talented running backs — Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and James White and South Carolina’s Mike Davis — average a combined 336.7 yards per game. It’s also the one-year-anniversary of Jadeveon Clowney’s last big play.

7. Fiesta (Jan. 1): Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1). Everyone knows about Bryce Petty and the Bears’ top-ranked total offense (624 yards per game), but be sure to check out Knights quarterback and fast-rising draft prospect Blake Bortles. An upset of the Big 12 champs would greatly enhance George O’Leary’s résumé.

8. Russell Athletic (Dec. 28): Louisville (11-1) vs. Miami (9-3). Teddy Bridgewater will give his final NFL audition. If it goes anything like last year’s Sugar Bowl, hello, Houston Texans. Miami won’t have injured star tailback Duke Johnson, but keep an eye on standout linebacker Denzel Perryman.

9. Las Vegas (Dec. 21): Fresno State (11-1) vs. USC (9-4). Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr has passed for a staggering 4,866 yards with 48 touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Trojans will play for their third head coach of the season (Clay Helton). There’s a high potential for crazy here.

10. Sun (Dec. 31): UCLA (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (8-4). Come for Brett Hundley, stay for Myles Jack, the Bruins’ sensation who won Pac-12 offensive AND defensive freshman of the year honors. It’s also Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas’ swan song. May it somehow be interception-free.

11. Alamo (Dec. 30): Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4). Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota should be rested and healthy, which should benefit Oregon’s already explosive running game. It also means this is a nightmare matchup for Texas. You won’t be able to look away.

12. Outback (Jan. 1): LSU (9-3) vs. Iowa (8-4). The last time these programs met in a New Year’s Day bowl in 2005, Iowa won on a walk-off 56-yard touchdown pass, and Nick Saban promptly left for the Miami Dolphins. Just think how much wackier things could get with Les Miles in the mix.

13. Chick-fil-A (Dec. 31): Duke (10-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4). Johnny Manziel is apt to go off in what will likely be his likely final college game, especially against Duke’s 72nd-ranked defense. He’ll finish up just in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve, surely by playing cards in a quiet Atlanta hotel room.

14. Fight Hunger (Dec. 27): BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4). In the Huskies’ last game before beginning the Chris Petersen era, quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey will go up against a stout BYU defense. Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy will look to reprise last season’s Poinsettia Bowl clinic.

15. Gator (Jan 1): Georgia (8-4) vs. Nebraska (8-4). You know it’s New Year’s Day when Bo Pelini’s Cornhuskers are playing against an SEC East team in Florida. Georgia won’t have Aaron Murray, but don’t forget about tailback Todd Gurley, one of the lone survivors of the Bulldogs’ 2013 injury extravaganza.

Jordan Lynch will look to become the first player to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 2,000 yards in the same season.
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16. Holiday (Dec. 30): Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5). Sure, the Sun Devils lost the Pac-12 title game in disappointing fashion, but the Red Raiders have lost five straight. This may come down to the battle between Arizona State’s superior talent and its own disinterest.

17. Poinsettia (Dec. 26): Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah State (8-5). It’s the last stand for Northern Illinois Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch, who needs just 119 rushing yards to become the sport’s first member of the 2,000 passing yards/2,000 rushing yards club. Interestingly, Utah State allows just 107.4 rushing yards per game.

18. AdvoCare V100 (Dec. 31): Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5). The nation’s top two rushers, Boston College’s Andre Williams (175.2 yards per game) and Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey (156.0), will likely carry the ball a combined 85 times. This game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET and might be over by 2.

19. Hawaii (Dec. 24): Boise State (8-4) vs. Oregon State (6-6). The Beavers lost their last five games. The Broncos lost their most games in eight years, not to mention their head coach. This being the bowl business, somehow both teams will end their seasons in Hawaii, not Albuquerque.

20. BBVA Compass (Jan. 4): Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4). Apparently, you can spell BBVA Compass without P-I-T-T. Both teams got snubbed by bowls that took 6-6 squads ahead of them, but hey, Vandy is playing in January. There was a time when the Commodores never made it past November.

21. Buffalo Wild Wings (Dec. 28): Michigan (7-5) vs. Kansas State (7-5). Michigan’s fight song specifically proclaims the Wolverines “champions of the West,” so they must have already won this game in 1903. Unfortunately, Bill Snyder probably can’t wear his trusted Cotton Bowl windbreaker to this game.

22. Music City (Dec. 30): Ole Miss (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5). The last time we saw the Rebels, they were fumbling into the end zone in the Egg Bowl. The last time we saw the Jackets, they were blowing a 20-point lead against Georgia. In a game that should go back and forth, the team that has the ball last could lose.

23. Belk (Dec. 28): Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6). Last year’s fantastic Cincinnati-Duke showdown managed to turn Belk into an instantaneous verb, adjective and hashtag for a night. The Bearcats, oft-jilted by the ACC, will look to take out their frustration on commissioner John Swofford’s alma mater.

24. Pinstripe (Dec. 28): Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6). The Fighting Irish are prohibitive favorites. There will probably be more Notre Dame than Rutgers fans at a game in New York City. Yet when the final whistle sounds, Rutgers will be a Big Ten football school. Good prank, Jim Delany.

25. Texas (Dec. 27): Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6). How are we supposed to keep track of this game from year to year when its name keeps changing? Is it the Texas Bowl or the Houston Bowl or the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl? It’s so confusing. The only constant here is the Gophers.

26. Little Caesars (Dec. 26): Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6). This is the Panthers’ third consecutive six-win season, but it feels like their 33rd. Bowling Green will play in the same stadium (Ford Field) where it won last week’s MAC championship, though without head coach Dave Clawson.

27. Liberty (Dec. 31): Rice (10-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6). Mississippi State alums figure to overrun Memphis with cowbells. Rice alums figure to mechanically engineer a method for drowning them out.

28. Military (Dec. 27): Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5). Three years after Maryland ran off Ralph Friedgen following a Military Bowl victory, Randy Edsall has finally managed to lead the Terps back to the same stage.

29. New Mexico (Dec. 21): Colorado State (7-6) vs. Washington State (6-6). Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday averages 54.7 pass attempts per game, and he’s about to face the nation’s 111th-ranked pass defense. If Wazzu wins, his arm might not be able to lift the bowl trophy.

30. Famous Idaho Potato (Dec. 21): Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5). Buffalo stud linebacker Khalil Mack has 19 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, three interceptions and far more experience in cold weather than anyone on San Diego State.

31. GoDaddy (Jan. 5): Ball State (10-2) vs. Arkansas State (7-5). It’s a dream come true for those Ball State fans who held up “We Want ‘Bama” signs during one of their Wednesday night MACtion games. Let us know if Mobile is everything you imagined and more.

32. Armed Forces (Dec. 30): Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4). It’s unpatriotic to make jokes about this bowl. Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds hails from a town just 25 minutes from Middle Tennessee’s campus. That’s all I’ve got.

33. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s (Dec. 23): East Carolina (9-3) vs. Ohio (7-5). The Bobcats lost three of their last four games by scores of 30-3, 49-0 and 44-13, respectively. They still somehow made a bowl, even with nine eligible teams to spare.

34. New Orleans (Dec. 21): Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) vs. Tulane (7-5). This all-Louisiana bowl game might not make for the most compelling football. But my gosh, the tailgating cuisine might get written up by Zagat.

35. Heart of Dallas (Jan. 1): North Texas (8-4) vs. UNLV (7-5). At the dawn of 2014, the least interesting matchup of bowl season is a New Year’s Day game played in the Cotton Bowl. That sound you heard was 1964 turning over in its grave.

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