Updated: December 13th
By: Brian Johannes
1. Jameis Winston - QB Florida State
Famous Jameis is going to be the run away winner of the Heisman Trophy and it's not even going to be close. Normally when we see this it's someone like Cam Newton who has separated themselves because of their play. This year it's different because Winston has been great, but the competition just hasn't been there in 2013. Winston consistently led the Seminoles to blowout wins in big time games against the likes Clemson and Miami. When you factor in his team is 13-0 and playing in the National Championship, it's not even really a conversation.
|2. Tre Mason - RB Auburn
Season Stats: 2,102 yards rushing 17 TDs. (12-1 record)
Mason has enjoyed a phenomenal season but like the Tigers he flew under the radar for most of it. However, his performance against Alabama (164 yards 1 TD) in the Iron Bowl and Missouri (304 yards 4 TDs) in the SEC Title game served as his coming out part. QB Nick Marshall got all the love for most of the season, it was Mason that was doing all the heavy lifting. Mason's dynamic running game helped this offense become one of the most feared attacks, winning them an SEC Title and a spot in the National Title Game.
|3. Jordan Lynch - QB Northern Illinois
Going into the conference title games it looked like Lynch was firmly in second place and could be the winner if Winston faced charges for his sexual assault case. However Lynch's bombed in MAC Title Game meanwhile Tre Mason exploded. It didn't end the way he wanted, but Lynch still had another ridiculous season. He broke the single game rushing record for a quarterback with a 321 yard performance against Western Michigan and had another huge performance against Central Michigan where he ran for 316 yards. You also could argue no one player was more important to his team than Lynch was.
|4. A.J McCarron - QB Alabama
Season Stats: 2,676 yards passing 26 TDs 5 INTs. (11-1 record)
It would have been nice to see McCarron higher on the rankings, but too many voters look at statistics or make general views based on wins and losses. McCarron fell out of the running after the loss to Auburn despite throwing a 99 yard TD pass to give them the lead. McCarron was clutch all year and when asked to go out and drive his team down for field for the win, he always delivered. He also gets stereo-typed as a game manager. It's simply not true. Alabama chooses to be a run-based offense, but whenever they needed McCarron to throw the ball, he did it with ease.
|5. Andre Williams - RB Boston College
Season Stats: 2,102 yards rushing 17 TDs. (7-5 record)
A late addition to the Heisman Race, Williams had all the momentum in his final game against Syracuse until an injury forced him out in the first quarter with only 29 yards rushing. He won't win, but he certainly deserved his invitation, and it's a shame that people still don't know a lot about Williams. He rushed for over 100 yards in every game sans the finale. He went over the 2,000 yard mark, and for a three game stretch at the end of the season he was averaging 299 yards per game. This was also done while seeing plenty of eight and even nine man boxes and against a top 50 opposing defense ranking.
|6. Johnny Manziel - QB Texas A&M
Season Stats: 3,732 yards passing 33 TDs 17 INTs; 686 yards rushing 8 TDs
From everything I've seen and read, It looks like Manziel is going to finish sixth. That is a shock to me since Manziel had another outstanding year and was in serious consideration for the award most of the year. I Don't know if was A&M's 8-4 record that scared people off, maybe the fact that he won the Heisman last year, or even the off the field controversy from this past summer. Wherever he finishes, you have to salute him on another fantastic season and getting back to New York for back to back years.