SEC's Manziel, McCarron among Heisman hopefuls
POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 4:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Four quarterbacks and two running backs are among a record-tying six Heisman finalists.
Jameis Winston of top-ranked Florida State is the overwhelming favorite to win the award. The Alabama native is on pace to break the NCAA record for passer efficiency rating (190.1) and has already set records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38) for a freshman.
Boston College's André Williams is the nation's leading rusher at 175 yards per game. He's the 16th player in FBS history to run for 2,000 yards in a season and the first since 2008.
Tre Mason of Auburn has made a late push into the Heisman conversation as No. 2 Auburn reached the BCS title game for the first time since 2010. Mason ran for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the SEC championship game. He is ninth in the country in rushing at 124 yards per game with 22 touchdowns.
Quarterback Jordan Lynch led Northern Illinois to within a victory of a BCS bid and has set the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback this season with 1,815.
Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M is trying to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State's Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and `75.
Alabama's A.J. Mccarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns for the fourth-ranked crimson tide.
In the latest straw poll released Monday by heismanpundit.com, which has correctly predicted the last seven winners, winston received seven of the 10 first-place votes and 26 points to easily outdistance lynch (eight points and two first-place votes).
Winston is also a finalist for the Maxwell and Walter camp player of the year awards.
All six finalists are expected to attend the ceremony Saturday night in New York, which would match 1994 for the most in Heisman history.