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5 Overlooked Players Who Should Have Been 2013 Heisman Trophy Finalists

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5 Players Who Were Overlooked for the 2013 Heisman Trophy

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There is no doubt that the six finalists headed to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City this Saturday are deserving of that honor. However, some may argue that there are other college football players who are more deserving of that trip to New York City.

The six Heisman finalists this season are quarterbacks Jordan Lynch from the Northern Illinois Huskies, Johnny Manziel from the Texas A&M Aggies (who won the trophy last season), AJ McCarron from the Alabama Crimson Tide, and Jameis Winston from the Florida State Seminoles. Running backs Tre Mason of the Auburn Tigers and Andre Williams from the Boston College Eagles are the other two finalists.

You’ll notice that none of the finalists come from the Pac-12, Big 12, or Big Ten. Five of these six finalists come from either the SEC or ACC while Lynch comes from the MAC. None of the finalists come from teams on the West Coast.

From the BCS National Championship-bound Seminoles, Winston is considered to be the favorite to win the Heisman. He set freshman records by passing for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns and is on pace to break the NCAA record for passer efficiency rating. There is a quarterback who was overlooked in the Heisman voting and is perhaps more deserving of the Heisman than Winston because of his superior statistics this season.

Others were likely snubbed because of how their season ended and because of the lack of success of the team they play for. Most of the finalists are from some of the best teams in the nation who get a lot of national attention, and it should not always be like that. Players should get recognized for their performance and not necessarily the performance of their team. Even some of the finalists struggled at some point in the season; why punish those who ended their season on a bad note?

The following is a list of five players who had good cases to be considered as Heisman finalists and deserved more consideration by Heisman voters. Four out of the five of these players are a part of some of the best offenses in the nation and all were very deserving of being a Heisman finalist.

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5. Braxton Miller – Quarterback, Ohio State Buckeyes

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The Ohio State BuckeyesBraxton Miller is part of the No. 7 offense in college football, which also happens to include one of the most explosive running games in the nation. He was likely left out of the Heisman voting because of the fact he missed almost three games due to a knee injury. The dual-threat quarterback still put up impressive numbers in both the running and passing games despite missing those games. Miller’s Buckeyes had a nation-long 24-game winning streak before losing in the Big Ten Championship game to the Michigan State Spartans. Miller was impressive in the loss, running for 142 yards and two touchdowns while passing for another. For the season he passed for 1,860 yards with 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions along with a 63 percent completion rate. He also rushed for 1,033 yards and ten touchdowns. If Miller can stay healthy and have a good season, he will likely be included as one of the Heisman finalists next season.

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4. Derek Carr – Quarterback, Fresno State Bulldogs

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The Fresno State BulldogsDerek Carr is the quarterback with better statistics than Winston who should not have been overlooked as a Heisman finalist. Carr leads the nation in passing yards with 4,866 and passing touchdowns with 48. He also threw for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns more than Winston in one fewer game. Carr being overlooked could have to do with the fact that the Bulldogs play in the Mountain West Conference, though they went 10-0 this season before losing their first game to the inferior San Jose State Spartans. The Bulldogs rank No. 3 in total offense.

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3. Ka’Deem Carey – Running back, Arizona Wildcats

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The Arizona WildcatsKa’Deem Carey could easily be considered the best running back in the nation. He was likely overlooked because he played for an Arizona team that went 7-5 this season. Carey ran for over 100 yards in every game this season, including two 200 yard-plus performances. He rushed for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns plus one receiving touchdown. Carey’s 15 consecutive games rushing for 100 yards or more is impressive and hadn’t been accomplished in a decade.

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2. Bryce Petty – Quarterback, Baylor Bears

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The Baylor BearsBryce Petty threw for more yards than finalist Winston with 3,844 passing yards this season, 30 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Baylor went undefeated until they lost 49-17 to the Oklahoma State Cowboys late in the season, which likely dashed Petty’s Heisman hopes. Baylor is No. 1 in total offense, a trend that could likely continue into the 2014 season since Petty will be returning for his senior season.

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1. Marcus Mariota – Quarterback, Oregon Ducks

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The Oregon DucksMarcus Mariota was considered to be a Heisman favorite until his Ducks lost two of their final four games. He completely lost his Heisman consideration when the Ducks were handed their second loss against inferior Arizona. Despite the two losses, Mariota still threw for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions and a 63 percent completion rate. It was mostly against tougher competition than some of the finalists ever faced this season, especially Lynch who plays in the MAC. Mariota will get another shot at the Heisman since he will be returning for the Ducks next season to lead an offense that is currently ranked at No. 2 in the nation.