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Power Ranking the 6 Heisman Trophy Finalists

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Power Ranking the Finalists

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It’s that time of the year! This past Monday, the six finalists were announced and invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony this coming Saturday night. There were four quarterbacks and two running backs that received invitations.

The four quarterbacks that were invited include Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, A.J. McCarron of Alabama and Jameis Winston of Florida State. Tre Mason of Auburn and Andre Williams of Boston College are the two running backs that will be in attendance.

Obviously, Jameis Winston is the outright favorite to win the award. As just a redshirt freshman, he has had quite an impact on the Seminoles season. Winston is going against the only redshirt freshman quarterback to win the award in Johnny Manziel, someone who also had a good season.

A dark horse candidate for the award is Andre Williams. Williams has put together quite a season -- we’ll go into the numbers a little later -- and he has done it without receiving much attention. He’s been Boston College’s leader and he could certainly become the first running back since Mark Ingram in 2009 to win the award.

Since 2000, quarterbacks have 11 of the 12 Heisman Trophies given out. On Saturday night, four quarterbacks will be up for the award looking to extend that success at the position. On the following six slides, you’ll find the six Heisman Trophy candidates power ranked. Think of this as a ballot. Obviously, the number one person on this list is the one that deserves to win the award.

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6. AJ McCarron - QB - Alabama

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McCarron has had quite a season for the Crimson Tide. He’s thrown for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and just five interceptions. What puts him at No. 6 on this list is simply because he hasn’t had that “Heisman Moment” that you look for. He’s been solid all season long but hasn’t been as outstanding as others. Don’t get me wrong; McCarron is a good quarterback, but he’s been a game manager all season long.

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5. Tre Mason - RB - Auburn

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Tre Mason finished the season very strong, but got off to a slow start. While he’s rushed for over 100 yards in each of his last five games, including 304 in the SEC championship game, he rushed for less than 100 yards in four of the Tigers' first five games. His slow start to the season is what ranks him at fifth on this list.

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4. Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M

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Johnny Manziel certainly gave quite a case for his second consecutive Heisman Trophy, but ultimately it fell short. When you compare his freshman year to this year there’s a definite improvement as a passer. Unfortunately, the four losses on the Aggies' record hurt his Heisman Trophy chances.

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3. Jordan Lynch - QB - Northern Illinois

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Jordan Lynch was the sole reason for the Huskies' success, and that’s what puts him ahead of Manziel. Lynch threw for 2,676 yards this season with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. While his passing numbers were down from last year, his rushing numbers were not. He rushed for 1,881 yards and 22 touchdowns. If it weren’t for Lynch, the Huskies would have had a losing season. However, their strength of schedule holds Lynch at third on this list.

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2. Andre Williams - RB - Boston College

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It’s unfortunate that Boston College didn’t receive the same amount of TV buzz that the Seminoles did or else he would be a much bigger challenger to Jameis Winston. Williams rushed for 2,102 yards with 17 touchdowns this season for the Eagles. He averaged a whopping 6.4 yards per carry and had five games with at least 200 yards rushing. Williams' lack of national television exposure is what puts him at second.

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1. Jameis Winston - QB - Florida State

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Jameis Winston has had one of the best seasons of any college athlete in recent memory. He’s thrown for 3,820 yards with 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s been a dual-threat quarterback with 193 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. What makes him so intriguing as a pro-prospect is the fact that he’s a young agile quarterback that has the mindset of a pocket passer. He’s led the Seminoles all the way to the BCS National Championship game, and he deserves the Heisman Trophy because of it.