College Football 2013: Early Heisman favorites

Early Heisman favorites for 2013

1/8/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The 2012-13 college football season consisted of two things: a surprise and an expectance. Alabama won its third BCS National Championship in four years and Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel took home the Heisman.Blog Photo - College Football 2013: Early Heisman favorites

Can you tell which one is which?

Manziel took our breath away with his performance in his first collegiate season. He locked up the Heisman Trophy Award after single-handedly taking down the Crimson Tide in Week 11.

And after dismantling Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, he’s hands-down the early favorite to win the bronze once again this December.

However, he will have his hands full with competition. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller will have eligibility working to his favor, and another 12-plus win season could make things very interesting.

Clemson’s Tajh Boyd is always prepared to put up big numbers, while Chip Kelly’s return to the sidelines will propel Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas’ chances.

Teddy Bridgewater proved his worthiness after beating up No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl, A.J. McCarron will be working on a fourth ring, and JaDeveon Clowney has already guaranteed to bring a stiffarm trophy to South Carolina.

It’ll definitely be a year to remember, and there’s no lack of talent. Here is my list of early Heisman favorites.

Class Player Position School 2012-13 stats
So. Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 5,116 total yds | 47 TDs
Jr. Braxton Miller QB Ohio State 3,310 total yds | 28 TDs
Sr. Tajh Boyd QB Clemson 4,410 total yds | 46 TDs
So. Marcus Mariota QB Oregon 3,429 total yds | 37 TDs
Jr. Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville 3,718 pass yds | 27 TDs
Jr. De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon 1,757 AP yards | 18 TDs
Sr. A.J. McCarron QB Alabama 2,933 pass yds | 30 TDs
Jr. JeDeveon Clowney DE South Carolina 54 tackles | 13.0 sacks
Jr. Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona 1,852 rush yds | 23 TDs
Sr. Aaron Murray QB Georgia 3,893 pass yds | 36 TDs
Sr. Stefphon Jefferson RB Nevada 1,883 rush yds | 24 TDs
Jr. Marqise Lee WR USC 1,721 rec yds | 14 TDs


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2/22/13   |   Dream_Machine   |   13252 respect

beerstudk wrote:
I love your spunk bro, but even you know that U-dub can't beat Oregon at HOME, IN AUTZEN next year...... right?!?!?!

GO SEAHAWKS.... BEAT ATL!!!

Lol, U Know...

1/9/13   |   Thunda   |   237 respect

Don't even tease South CArolina fans, unless the Old Ball Coach puts Clowney in as a Tight End. 

1/8/13   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Dream_Machine wrote:
If They Couldn't Let Manti Be The First Samoan-American Heisman Trophy Winner, I'm Rooting For Marcus Mariota (And They Lose to UW)

I love your spunk bro, but even you know that U-dub can't beat Oregon at HOME, IN AUTZEN next year...... right?!?!?!

GO SEAHAWKS.... BEAT ATL!!!

1/8/13   |   Dream_Machine   |   13252 respect

If They Couldn't Let Manti Be The First Samoan-American Heisman Trophy Winner, I'm Rooting For Marcus Mariota (And They Lose to UW)

1/8/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Was very impressed with Teddy Bridgewater in Louisville's bowl game win over Florida.  With most of that offense returning, I expect Charlie Strong's Cardinal program to really put up some big numbers offensively next season

1/8/13   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

You can count out Manzell because everybody knows him now, you can also count out McCarron because of the system in 'Bama won't give him huge numbers which QB's need to win the Heisman.  The Black Mamba is being missused as an RB, he's a Percy Harvin slot-type guy and he can't run between the tackles, so count him out.  Bridgewater plays in the Big East (at least right now), so you can count him out as well.

I'm going out on a limb and going with Lache Seastrunk at Baylor.  He's a transfer from Oregon that broke all of LaMichael James' HS records.  He plays in a system with a sub-par QB that has to feature the RB, so he'll get plenty of touches, and Baylor has a good-to-great offense so he'll get numbers.  But the biggest thing he has going for him is that he got little to no attention this year, so he can come out of nowhere and win, which seems to be the biggest part of the formula these days.

1/8/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17677 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Maybe. Te'o, who IMO is less dominant than Clowney, finished second this year. Suh made a run a few years ago, and lest we forget Charles Woodson in '97 stealing Peyton Manning's Heisman. 

Woodson wouldn't have won if he didn't play on special teams. And Clowney will probably be in New York, but I don't believe that the Heisman will ever be awarded to player that only plays defense. ESPiN won't allow that to happen.

1/8/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25290 respect

I'm rooting for Mariota or Bridgewater at this point

1/8/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Maybe. Te'o, who IMO is less dominant than Clowney, finished second this year. Suh made a run a few years ago, and lest we forget Charles Woodson in '97 stealing Peyton Manning's Heisman. 

1/8/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17677 respect

You can just remove JeDeveon Clowney from the list. The Heisman is the Offensive Player of the Year Award. Maybe Clowney will win one of the two other Player of the Year Awards.