Keeping Track of the Heisman Candidates

There is only four more weeks left in the college football regular season, and the Heisman trophy race is still ready for anyone to claim. Last year it was at this time when freshman quarterback at Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel, sparked an Aggie offense to a win against Alabama and everyone took notice to him. He emerged over Collin Klein and Manti Teo to win this prestigious award. Right now, the top contenders for the Heisman are as follows:

Marcus Mariota, Sophomore, QB, Oregon

Mariota’s stats are what is keeping him in this race now, as the Oregon Ducks lost their first game of the season last Thursday to the 5th-ranked Stanford Cardinal. Mariota has over 2500 yards passing, along with 22 touchdown passes. He has yet to throw an interception so far this season, in nine games. He has 31 total touchdowns (9 rushing). Along with his rushing stats, he has over 3000 yards through the first 75 percent of the year. Mariota will have to keep these stats up to win this award, as his team is no longer in the running for the national title game.

Jameis Winston, Freshman, QB, Florida State

Playing for the undefeated Seminoles surely helps Winston’s cause, as he might be the frontrunner for the Heisman at the moment. Winston has over 2900 total yards and 29 combined touchdowns this season. He has thrown seven interceptions in nine games, though. This past week, he had 159 yards passing, along with two touchdowns and an interception. Could this be the second straight year a freshman wins the Heisman?

Johnny Manziel, Sophomore, QB, Texas A&M

Manziel is back in the Heisman race with his unbelievable stats. His two loss Aggies are not ranked in the top 10, but his stats speak for themselves. With nearly 4000 combined yards and 39 total touchdowns, Manziel’s stats are just as good as his numbers last year. But with his 11 interceptions and with his two losses (Alabama and Auburn), he is ranked behind Mariota and Winston in the running.

I asked a couple of SM West students who they thought was going to win the 2013 Heisman trophy.

Michael McCosh: Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. All the analysts said that due to numbers is why Manziel won the Heisman last year. Well all the NUMBERS this year point to Winston and Mariota. Manziel’s TD to INT ratio will cost him the Heisman. Too many mistakes.

Mark Anderson: I think Marcus Mariota is going to win the Heisman. He has gotten about 30 TDs so far and he hasn’t thrown a single pick. As long as Oregon finishes the season well he seems like the frontrunner.