2013 College football rankings: Week 14 Heisman update

Hunting the Heisman: Winston won't be charged with assault

12/5/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault, and that all but determines who will receive the coveted Heisman Trophy Award in Manhattan on December 14. Blog Photo - 2013 College football rankings: Week 14 Heisman update

State Attorney Willie Meggs concluded the case today by stating that a toxicology report showed the alleged victim had lied about being heavily under the influence of alcohol and drugs and that there was not enough evidence to prove Winston was guilty.

Winston, the leading candidate for several weeks now, would have been the obvious front-runner for the Heisman from a football standpoint even if convicted. Had he been charged, however, the award would have been up for grabs to multiple competitors.

Heading into the final week before the ceremony, here is an updated list of the current Heisman rankings:

The Big Three:

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

vs. Florida:
19-of-31 (61.3 percent), 327 yards, 3 TDs, INT

2013: 218-of-317 (68.8 percent), 3,490 yards, 35 TDs, 8 INTs

Why: If Florida State beats Duke, Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy. He’s head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack in terms of what he’s done for his team this year, and had led his team into the BCS National Championship, barring a colossal upset and a historically poor performance.

2. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois

vs. Western Michigan:
5-of-17 (29.4 percent), 39 yards, TD … 27 carries, 321 yards, 3 TDs

2013: 212-of-339 (62.5 percent), 2,457 yards, 22 TDs, 5 INTs … 248 carries, 1,755 yards, 20 TDs

Why: Jordan Lynch’s rushing numbers alone would put him into the Heisman conversation if he were a running back—but he’s also added 20 touchdowns through the air as a quarterback. The epitome of dual-threat, Lynch has shattered NCAA records since stepping onto campus. NIU plays in the MAC, but will likely be 13-0 with a third straight conference championship by late Friday night.

3. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

vs. Michigan: 6-of-15 (40.0 percent), 133 yards, 2 TDs, INT … 16 carries, 153 yards, 3 TDs

138-of-210 (65.7 percent), 1,759 yards, 21 TDs, 5 INTs … 132 carries, 839 yards, 8 TDs

Why: Miller has benefited greatly from the downfall of other candidates, but that’s not taking anything away from the outstanding year he’s had. Despite missing close to three games earlier in the season, he’s put up solid numbers and has been the catalyst—along with running back Carlos Hyde—to a very successful offense and yet another undefeated regular season.

Still in the Hunt:

1. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College:
329 carries, 2,102 yards, 17 TDs

2. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama: 207-of-306, 2,676 yards, 26 TDs, 5 INTs

3. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: 388-of-552, 4,462 yards, 45 TDs, 5 INTs

4. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona: 322 carries, 1,716 yards, 17 TDs … 26 rec, 173 yards, TD

5. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: 270-of-391, 3,732 yards, 33 TDs, 13 INTs

Keep Your Eye On:

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon:

2. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

3. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

4. Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State

5. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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