NCAA Football

2013 Heisman Trophy Watch — Week 7

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Jameis Winston's Remarkable Heisman Surge Continues vs. Maryland

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After six weeks of the 2013 college football season, this is clearly shaping up as the year of the quarterback and the Heisman is likely to go to a quarterback once again this December. That’s not exactly a revelation as 11 of the past 13 winners of the bronzed stiff-armed statue have gone to that position.

Of the elite 11 candidates in these standings after six weeks, nine are at quarterback. And of the nine in the top 11, the top five is comprised entirely of signal-callers, including one fast riser. Running backs claimed the two awards not won by quarterbacks in the new millennium, and only two backs are jockeying for position in the top 11. It’s going to be tough to overtake these quarterbacks who are putting on clinics with their arms and feet on a weekly basis.

The SEC, the nation’s premier conference, boasts the most Heisman success with a staggering five players who have claimed four Heismans in the past six years. Of course, that includes the reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, who has been nothing short of spectacular.

This list is guaranteed to fluctuate throughout the season, and include new names and current names moving up and down the list. I will update the list at the start of every week. Here are the top 11 candidates for the Heisman trophy after the sixth week of the season, with their stats from their most recent game and their cumulative stats as well.

The 79th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation is Saturday Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET from the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.

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T10. Todd Gurley -- Georgia

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Last week: DNP -- sprained ankle

Season: 450 rushing yards and four touchdowns with five receptions for 42 yards and a score. His numbers aren't as gaudy and many other backs have better numbers, but injuries have limited Gurley to finishing only three games. In those three games, he is averaging 125.6 yards per game with five total touchdowns. He's 50-50 to play this week, but if he doesn't suit up, it will be tough to keep him in the top 10.

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T10. A.J. McCarron -- Alabama

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Last week: McCarron completed all but one of his 16 attempts to set a single-game record for completion percentage at Alabama previously held by Kenny Stabler, and added four touchdowns.

Season: 162.7 rating, 1,048 yards, 10 touchdowns, three INTs and a completion rate of 71.4 percent

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9. Brett Hundley -- UCLA

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Last week: Hundley threw for a score, ran for a score and even caught a seven-yard touchdown in the Bruins' win over Utah. In total, he had 303 yards of offense and an INT.

Season: 158.5 rating, 1,059 yards, nine touchdowns, four INTs and 65.5 percent completion. He also has 242 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and a receiving touchdown to boot.

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8. Zach Mettenberger -- LSU

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Last week: Mettenberger completed 25-of-29 attempts for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the 59-26 win over Mississippi State

Season: 190.1 rating, 1,731 yards, 15 touchdowns, two INT and 68.2 percent completion

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7. Teddy Bridgewater -- Louisville

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Last week: Bridgewater completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns over Temple

Season: 197.2 rating, 1,562 yards, 16 touchdowns, one INT, and a 71.7 percent completion for the No. 8 Cardinals.

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6. Lache Seastrunk -- Baylor

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Last week: 15 carries for a season-high 172 yards and two touchdowns in 73-42 win over West Virginia.

Season: 589 yards and eight touchdowns. He is averaging a ridiculous 11.1 yards per carry for the undefeated Bears.

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5. Tajh Boyd -- Clemson

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Last week: Boyd completed 74.1 percent of his passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns

Season: 182.2 rating, 1,449 yards, 14 TD, two INT and a 66.0 percent completion. He also has four rushing touchdowns.

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4. Jameis Winston -- Florida State

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Last week: 393 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-0 win over Maryland.

Season: 213.9 rating, 1,441 yards, 17 touchdowns, two INT and a 73.2 percent completion with two rushing scores.

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3. Aaron Murray -- Georgia

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Last week: 196 yards and three touchdowns via the air and 53 yards on the ground for a 17.7 yards per carry average. And he did so with Georgia's top rushers out and losing two of his top receivers in the OT thriller at Tennessee.

Season: 176.9 rating, 1,534 yards, 14 touchdowns and 3 INT while completing 64.9 percent of his passes. He also has three rushing touchdowns and two wins over top-10 opponents.

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2. Johnny Manziel -- Texas A&M

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Last week: Idle

Season: 1,489 yards, 14 TD, four INT, 71.4 percent completion and 188.1 rating. On the ground he has three touchdowns and 314 yards for the No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies.

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1. Marcus Mariota -- Oregon

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Last week: 398 yards of offense and seven total touchdowns

Season: 1,358 yards, 14 touchdowns, 0 int, 176.3 rating. Also has 338 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Even more remarkable is that he hasn't played one second in the fourth quarter all season for the undefeated Oregon Ducks.

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