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Six Heisman finalists announced

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Jameis Winston, AJ McCarron, Andre Williams, Tre Mason, Johnny Manziel and Jordan Lynch have been named the six finalists for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, the Heisman Trust announced on Monday.

It’s the first time since 1994 — and only the second time in Heisman history — that six finalists have been named to attend the Heisman ceremony, which takes place this year on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Winston has a chance to become Florida State’s third Heisman winner overall and first since 2000. McCarron is the third Heisman finalist from Alabama in the last five years. Williams is the first Boston College finalist since Doug Flutie in 1984. Mason is Auburn’s second finalist since 2010. Manziel is a finalist for the second-straight year and Lynch is the first finalist from Northern Illinois.

With Winston the overwhelming favorite to win this year’s trophy, most of the suspense will center around who finishes second. Lynch might have the inside track, since he was picked as the runner up by the latest HeismanPundit Straw Poll.

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37 Responses to “Six Heisman finalists announced”
  1. dietrich43 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:40 PM

    If Winston wins as everyone expects, he needs to start with, “I’d like to thank Willie Meggs…..”

  2. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 6:41 PM

    Congrats to all the finalists! Although I believe Winston will win the award, couldn’t be happier to have McCarron make the final six! He’s been a great quarterback for Alabama and deserves the recognition. Also glad to see to Auburn’s Tre Mason will make the trip!

  3. fsu01 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:53 PM

    Wow, for college football traditionalists, Saturday will be a great day. Starting with the greatest game in college football–Army vs. Navy. I know neither will win the national championship, and Navy has dominated this series for over a decade; but the fact is this is the best game in college football. As an FSU alum I have seen some great rivalries between powerhouse teams such as Florida-Florida State and Florida State-Miami, but the highlight of my college football viewing came when I attended the 1997 Army-Navy game. Tradition, honor, integrity, respect best game ever. That followed by one of college football’s other great tradition (the Heisman Trophy) in the evening. This will be a great day for those who just love the tradition of college football.

  4. fsu01 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:05 PM

    I did something up above I see others do and swore I would never do, so I must correct myself. I said “the fact is…” but the idea is that is my opinion, so I must correct myself.

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 9, 2013 7:07 PM

    Never thought about it but I bet that Army Navy game would be so fun to watch in person.

    Manziel was the first freshman to win the Heisman and now Winston will make it consecutive freshman winners. Speaks volumes about how CFB has changed recently.

    I’d like to point out whoever leaked the rape allegations should be held accountable for doing so for reasons such as dietrich’s comment. Of course it won’t happen, but I can dream.

  6. floridascuba1 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:13 PM

    AJ a finalist is a joke. If he was as good as they make him, game should’ve been on him. Not the kicker. Not to mention auburn lack of pass defense. Alabama lost because of the play calling and AJ only being a manager. Not a true QB.

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  8. fsu01 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:15 PM

    detective: I am from Florida, and when I was at that game it was in the 20′s and raining, and I did not feel the cold at all (and yes I was sober). That is how into the game I was with the march-on of the Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen as well as the spirit messages, etc. it was an unbelievable game and atmosphere.

  9. blacknole08 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:20 PM

    That’s alot of people there to see Winston win the award.

  10. jhastrello says: Dec 9, 2013 7:33 PM

    Congratulations to all of the finalists. Let us remember that every one of the finalists have quite a number of teammates that they rely on, and without their support and talent would simply be a good College Football player.

    Last year, the award was won by a Freshman, with two loses. Being the QB on an UN-defeated team does not necessarily mean that Winston is a lock.

    When you look at the stats, the ‘race’ should be very, very close and would eliminate a number of the finalists quickly.

    Good luck to all.

  11. sffan75 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:35 PM

    It’s ridiculous that Derek Carr isn’t a finalist and Lynch is. Carr has more total yards and touchdowns than all of the finalists, not to mention his team finished with a higher ranking than Lynch’s.

  12. fsu01 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:40 PM

    jh, unfortunately that is what the award has become lately… the best player on the best team (usually QB). As an FSU fan I would love to see Winston win it, but I must say that there is part of me happy to see guys like Jordan Lynch (small conference), Andre Williams (RB on a mediocre team), and Tre Moore (not a QB) get invited.

  13. fsu01 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:42 PM

    Excuse me, Mason not Moore

  14. onbucky96 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:03 PM

    Winston, on the podium, accepting the award: ” 1st of all, I’d like 2 thank God. I also want to thank my legal team for helping me beat the rap.”

  15. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 8:32 PM

    It’s a shame that people can’t just be happy for these fine athletes rather than spewing their hatred all over the boards.

    Winston has no reason to thank the prosecutor for finally concluding an investigation that should have concluded nearly a year ago. And since there’s absolutely no evidence that he committed a crime, he has no reason to be grateful for beating any rap.

    AJ McCarron has the same number of championship rings in his career that he has losses and is not responsible for Nick’s decision to call a FG in the final second of the Iron Bowl. It was not a reflection on his talents but on Saban’s desire to end the game quickly so his players could move on to the next challenge.

    Fortunately, neither Winston nor McCarron is reading idiotic blathering of CFT’s trolls.

  16. floridascuba1 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:45 PM

    AJ is not better than Aaron in the SEC. I am pulling for Williams of BC. Although I wouldn’t be upset if Winston got it. People forget he rarely played complete games and still put up those numbers.

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  18. lbroberts123 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:43 PM

    Should be Mason. It won’t be, though. I really hope he returns for his senior year. This Auburn team with almost every one returning could be even more dangerous.

  19. jdbaker01 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:16 PM

    The only thing weaker than the prosecution’s case against Jameis Winston was FSU’s schedule. McCarron should win.

  20. 1990tiger says: Dec 9, 2013 10:20 PM

    floridascuba1 says:

    AJ a finalist is a joke. If he was as good as they make him, game should’ve been on him. Not the kicker. Not to mention auburn lack of pass defense. Alabama lost because of the play calling and AJ only being a manager. Not a true QB.
    =====================================
    Ummmm, statistically, he is one of, it not the, best QB Bama has ever had. If I remember correctly, he has only lost 3 games in the past 3 years as a starter. I wouldn’t refer to him as a joke.

    and let’s not forget, his hot girlfriend graduated from one of the best schools in the country ;-)

  21. 1990tiger says: Dec 9, 2013 10:23 PM

    Congrats to the finalists. I’m glad to see Tre Mason get the recognition he deserves but selfishly, I was kind of hoping he wouldn’t go to NY this year so he wouldn’t get distracted from his NCG preparation. We need him.

  22. Deb says: Dec 9, 2013 11:00 PM

    @1990tiger …

    Don’t worry. The NY trip didn’t distract Ingram or Richardson in championship seasons–or Saban, who went with them as I’m sure Malzahn will do. Plenty of prep time between now and the title game. The only concern will be travel to New York then across country to Pasadena, if the storms continue into January.

  23. duklover says: Dec 9, 2013 11:29 PM

    After being a leading contender for several weeks, Mariota does not get an invite. Told ya so! Go getum next year Marcus!

  24. addict2sport says: Dec 9, 2013 11:36 PM

    Ka’Deem Carey should be a finalist.

  25. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:10 AM

    Manziel really has no business being there this year.

  26. dmvtransplant says: Dec 10, 2013 12:44 AM

    Putting a kid who plays QB on a team with nothing, but first round talent at every position on the list is a complete joke. Does anyone believe any QB at USC from 02-05 or Miami from 00-01 was really the best player in college? I wasn’t aware McCarron played linebacker & O-line also?

    Why can’t the award go to the best player on a team that isn’t in the top 5 anymore? Both Tebow & RG3 were on 3 lose teams. The trophy should be the best player that year and the truth is it’s the RB from BC, because he is the whole offense.

  27. normtide says: Dec 10, 2013 12:48 AM

    Two QBs raised in the state of Alabama. Good work.

  28. v2the4 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:13 AM

    I cant remember a year when they had 6 finalists. Normally, its 3 or 4 guys invited to New York, so this is in direction reaction to the voting process…..

    I have a strange feeling, and we heard it over the last couple of weeks from some heisman voters, who have said if Winston was not charged with rape, they would vote for him…yeah, kinda like someone who goes into the ballot box saying Im voting for xyz, but then votes for the other guy who didnt deserve his vote.

    its very similiar to the nfl writers who place value off the field when voting for the hall of fame, some of these guys will the rape allegations against Jameis Winston and ignore what he did on the field.

    what Winston did in 2013 is nearly as good as what Manzell did in 2012, although he did the majority of his damage with his arm in the pocket and not with his legs.

    im thinking Winston still got enough votes to win, and #2 will probably be AJ McCarron, even though the guy is a prototypical game manager who has 5 star talent at every position around him.

  29. v2the4 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:15 AM

    I swear nbc…get a freaking edit option please…

  30. longborer69 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:51 AM

    “Winston has no reason to thank the prosecutor for finally concluding an investigation that should have concluded nearly a year ago. And since there’s absolutely no evidence that he committed a crime, he has no reason to be grateful for beating any rap.”

    There’s a significant difference between “insufficient evidence” and “absolutely no evidence.” Not sure why people can’t seem to process that.

    If there was “absolutely no evidence” the girl should have been charged for making a false accusation. No charges were filed against her. In the eyes of the law, Winston is innocent until proven guilty, but that quirky Scottish verdict of “not proven” seems the best description of this case.

  31. maximusxr says: Dec 10, 2013 8:31 AM

    Really wish defensive players were considered more…
    Its a bit of a downer when someone like Pitt’s Aaron Donald (who just won Nagurski Awards, Best Defensive Player) isn’t invited.
    He had a truly amazing season on a average team(Rocked Suh’s statistics in less games).
    But hard to compete with great quarterbacks.

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2013 10:32 AM

    phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:10 AM

    Manziel really has no business being there this year.
    _________________________

    Manziel is still one of the best if not the best player in college football.

    I’m not sure anyone this year was asked to do more. Manziel was injured on multiple occasions at the end of the season and his production trailed off a little, but make no mistake… Manziel is still one of the best players in CFB….

    All that said…. it is still obvious that Winston will win. I imagine he garnered the majority of the vote and the next 5 guys are so tightly grouped that they invited them all.

  33. mrsmell says: Dec 10, 2013 10:35 AM

    How can Tre be there and Nick not even mention. For shame. Just goes to show you the Heisman was yesterday’s college tradition. Tre as good as he is wasnt the difference maker in Auburn’s season.

  34. Deb says: Dec 10, 2013 1:15 PM

    @longborer69 …

    As the sister and sister-in-law of criminal defense attorneys and someone who has covered criminal trials, I can process quite well, thank you. And I said exactly what I meant to say. As a rape survivor myself, I have absolutely no patience with or time for women who drink themselves into oblivion, willingly perform a variety of sex acts, then decide somewhere in the night that they weren’t actually consenting.

    There was no evidence of a violent crime, no evidence that the woman was drugged or unconscious, no evidence that she was threatened, no evidence she was a minor. In other words, no evidence of rape. Insufficient evidence didn’t have anything to do with it.

  35. fsu01 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:36 PM

    V24 What you said makes sense I also thought about the possibility that it will be a large margin but no clear number 2 leading to a large amount of invitees.

  36. zjmbo says: Dec 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    What a SHAM!!! The Heisman committee needs to be replaced. Its no wonder that so many Heisman winners flop in the NFL, as the committee doesn’t know talent when they see it. The two BEST players in the country aren’t even on the list of invites. The Stats clearly show these two players out performing all that were invited. Both Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota are the two best players at their position in the country. The fact that they are left out, disgraces the integrity of the Heisman itself.
    A better than average QB, that is possibly a rapist as the Heisman …. WOW!! What is wrong with you people?

  37. yalocrusher says: Dec 11, 2013 7:47 PM

    Everyone will be voting for Jameis Winston, but Jordan Lynch has passed for 23 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions, averages 6.9 yards per rush and 22 touchdowns on the ground. Far better Winston’s so Lynch should win the Heisman.

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