Hunting the Heisman: Big-time shakeup in race for the bronze
But despite the heavy cloud hanging over his head, Winston still owns a substantial lead over his counterparts—especially after Johnny Manziel, Bryce Petty and Marcus Mariota all had the worst performances of their collegiate careers.
The Heisman Trophy race has taken a completely different turn. Who knows where we’ll be in a week from now?
The Big Three:
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
vs. Idaho: 14-of-25 (56.0 percent), 225 yards, 4 TDs
2013: 199-of-286 (69.6 percent), 3,163 yards, 32 TDs, 7 INTs
Why: Even without knowing his fate, some voters have already left Winston’s side. That will obviously change if he’s proven innocent, but there’s no telling where this race will go if a decision isn’t made by the Heisman ceremony. It’s a different case—and much more sensitive—but don’t forget that Cam Newton won the Heisman amid some controversy, too.
2. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
vs. Chattanooga: 13-of-16 (81.3 percent), 171 yards, 2 TDs
2013: 190-of-277 (68.6 percent), 2,399 yards, 23 TDs, 5 INTs
Why: If Winston is arrested for his alleged crime, why not make the Heisman a lifetime achievement award and give it to A.J. McCarron? Both Mariota and Manziel have been disappointing as of late and have played themselves out, while McCarron just keeps winning. He has as many losses as a starter (2) as he does BCS title rings, and that could change with another win in January. If he leads the Crimson Tide to a win at No. 4 Auburn this weekend, things could get pretty interesting around these parts.
3. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
vs. Maryland: 32 carries, 263 yards (8.2 ypc), 2 TDs
2013: 320 carries, 2,073 yards (6.5 ypc), 16 TDs
Why: Uhh… who is this kid? Williams was completely off everyone’s radar, and then WHAM. The 6-foot, 227-pound brute of a back has scored two touchdowns in four straight games, has only had two games in which he rushed for under 114 yards, and has five 200-plus yard games with one 339-yard performance. He hit the 2,000-yard mark in last week’s win over Maryland, and is one of the main reasons why Boston College is bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.
Still in the Hunt:
1. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: 350-of-502, 3,948 yards, 39 TDs, 4 INTs
2. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: 132-of-195, 1,626 yards, 19 TDs, 4 INTs … 116 carries, 738 yards, 5 TDs
3. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois: 207-of-312, 2,148 yards, 21 TDs, 5 INTs … 221 carries, 1,424 yards, 17 TDs
4. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: 246-of-356, 3,537 yards, 32 TDs, 13 INTs … 122 carries, 665 yards, 8 TDs
5. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona: 290 carries, 1,559 yards, 16 TDs … 26 rec, 173 yards, TD
Keep Your Eye On:
1. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
4. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
5. Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
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