The 2013 Heisman Trophy race is rather disappointing this season. Earlier in the year, names like Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota and A.J. McCarron were all thought to be great contenders for the trophy. Well one by one they each fell, but new names emerged. Jameis Winston, Jordan Lynch and Andre Williams joined the Heisman discussion as the season rolled on. But out of all the names mentioned above, only one man still remains standing — Florida State‘s Winston.
Manziel wasn’t as flashy as he was last season and Texas A&M didn’t make college football news like last season when they defeated Alabama. Bridgewater and Louisville were unable to dominate the not so deep American Athletic conference like many predicted. Mariota and Oregon were running tough with Bama and Ohio State until they suffered their first loss to Stanford. Since then, Mariota went from being perfect earlier in the season to throwing just about as many interceptions as touchdowns following his knee injury.
McCarron was moving up the Heisman ranks until Auburn returned a missed field goal 109 yards that not only ruined A.J.’s Heisman hopes but also Alabama’s perfect season. Northern Illinois and their dual threat quarterback Lynch was undefeated until last night’s loss to Bowling Green. Boston College‘s Williams was a running nightmare for opposing defenses, but after suffering an injury in his last game it remains to be seen how that will affect him in the Heisman standings.
Everything stated above points to this being one of the worst Heisman races in recent memory. The one thing that can keep this trophy relevant is if FSU is able to overcome Duke tonight and Heisman voters give the trophy to freshman phenom Winston. If the unthinkable occurs and FSU falls to Duke then mediocrity wins and the Heisman Trophy will suffer because of it.
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