The 2013 Heisman Trophy presentation will be tomorrow night on ESPN. It is the first time since 1994 that six candidates have been invited to New York. The ACC, SEC and MAC conferences are represented this year.
Lets take a look at the candidates to see who will join the fraternity.
#6 Tre Mason, Auburn
There is really no reason why Tre Mason got this invitation. Considering that there is another running back that has more yards (491 more yards) and been more flashy (which is needed to win the award) and that a quarterback had more yard (260 more) and more TDs (Jordan Lynch ran 22 in and caught one as well).
If this Auburn team didn't have two of their best plays in school history in back to back weeks, Mason would have been left in Alabama. Yes, he is a good player. No, he is not a Heisman finalist.
#5 Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois University
There has never been a Heisman winner from the MAC and there won't be this year. Unfortunately for NIU, they can only play who they play. Everything that was thrown at them this season was handled until the MAC Championship game where Bowling Green knocked them off. The reason I bring this up is because Lynch is the only reason for this team's success. Lynch had 46 TDs this season which is one less than Robert Griffin III had in his Heisman campaign. If NIU ran the table and made a BCS game for the second straight year, I believe that voters look at Lynch a bit more closely. That didn't happen though, so Lynch will be looking at a position change if he chooses to head into NFL after their lowly bowl game.
#4 Andre Williams, Boston College
I would first like to say that Andre Williams is am Man. At 6-0 feet, 227 lbs, he is nothing to mess with. He will be able to take his game to the NFL with ease. As for the Heisman though, it is not going to happen. The reason for him not winning is Toby Gerhart. Gerhart had 28 TDs and 1871 yards on the ground and lost out to Mark Ingram who had less yards and less touchdowns. The reason Ingram got the nod in 2009 was because his Alabama team was undefeated. Stanford was 8-5 that season and prevented Gerhart from the trophy. BC is 7-5 and I believe the same concept will hold back Williams on top of there being other players more worthy this year.
#3 A.J. McCarron, Alabama
I feel the reason McCarron got invited to New York is because of his body of work compared to this season's performance. McCarron had more yards, more touchdowns and a high passer rating last season and wasn't invited. If you take a look at McCarron as a whole, it is impressive. He has amassed 75 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions and a 67 percent completion rating over his time with the Tide. It looks good as a whole but along with Alabama losing late, he doesn't stand a chance this year with two quarterbacks with better numbers ahead of him.
#2 Johnny (Football) Manziel, Texas A&M
After the Aggies fell out of contention by losing to every ranked team they played this year, Manziel was taken out of the spotlight that was burning hot at the start of the season. When that happened, he quietly did better than last year. Manziel has a higher completion percentage (69.1), more touchdowns (32) and a high passer rating (174.9) than last season's Heisman campaign. As mentioned though, when your team loses every big game on the schedule, things go unnoticed. It is amazing how Manziel put aside all the noise and became a better football player. Hats off to him but he really needed a big win in his pocket to shift the cards in his favor.
#1 Jameis Winston, Florida State
If you remember last year, Manziel was the first freshman to win the Heisman; Winston will be the second freshman to take home the award. Winston has exceed every challenge this season with ease and poise. Even if he can't see what is going on, Winston has put up big numbers and has lead the Seminoles to the promised land. With 38 touchdown through the air and 3825 yards, he seems to be a lock for this year's trophy. That would have been a different story if he was locked up, but that apparently didn't happen. Winston has a chance to pull off the perfect freshman year with a Heisman Trophy and a national title.
We will see how things unfold this weekend but it seems that Jameis Winston will only become more famous.