10 Early Heisman Trophy Candidates Heading Into 2014

Early Heisman Trophy Favorites

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The college football season is still over three months away, but it's never too early to start looking at the potential favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. Jameis Winston won the award last year and is back under center for Florida State, but is he the front-runner to win in 2014?

Here are the 10 early favorites to win the Heisman Trophy in 2014.

10. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

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10. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

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Kelly is often overlooked playing in the same conference with Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota. The redshirt junior threw for 3,635 yards and 28 TDs last season, and he has the ability to put up really big numbers in Todd Graham's fast-paced offense.

9. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

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9. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

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Davis is a powerful runner who ran over, around and through SEC defenses last season to the tune of 1,183 yards. His bruising running style has caused him to miss time due to injuries, but if he can stay healthy, he could find himself in the thick of the Heisman race.

8. Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn

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8. Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn

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Marshall flourished in Gus Malzahn's uptempo offense last fall, leading the Tigers to the BCS Championship Game. Even against the vaunted Florida State defense, Marshall racked up over 265 total yards and accounted for three touchdowns.

7. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

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7. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

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Gordon finished 10th in the nation in rushing in 2013, and that was while sharing carries with James White. With White no longer in Madison, it's possible Gordon could rush for over 2,000 yards and 25 TDs, numbers that would certainly make him a candidate to win the Heisman Trophy.

6. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

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6. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

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Petty was fourth in the nation with 4,200 yards passing last season, and threw 32 touchdowns against only three interceptions. Some may criticize Petty for being a "system quarterback" in Art Briles' wide-open attack, but Petty will definitely put up eye-popping numbers.

5. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

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5. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

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Gurley's combination of size and speed is unparalleled in college football. A 6-foot-1, 230-pound track star, Gurley has the ability to be the first Georgia Bulldog to win the Heisman since Herschel Walker.

4. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

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4. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

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Hundley started under center for the last 27 games for the Bruins, scoring at least one TD in every game. He's thrown for over 3,000 yards each of the past two seasons, and added 748 yards and 11 TDs rushing last season as well.

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

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3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

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Mariota is the definition of a dual-threat quarterback, fitting perfectly into Oregon's quick-strike offense. He threw for over 3,600 yards last season and rushed for over 700, accounting for 40 TDs against only four picks. His numbers would be even more ridiculous if he wasn't often pulled in the third quarter when the Ducks would have an insurmountable lead.

2. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

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2. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

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Winston obviously has the ability to win the Heisman since he just did it last year. However, Johnny Manziel showed just how difficult it was to repeat. Even though Manziel put up incredible numbers, voters typically want to crown a new champion. Off the field distractions are another thing Winston has in common with Manziel, which won't help him any with the voters either.

1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

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1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

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Miller is a big-time QB at a big-time program. If he stays healthy, he will get a lot of voter support. He's thrown for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 each of the last two seasons. Ohio State's relatively light schedule gives them a good shot at entering the postseason undefeated, and Miller would reap the benefits of being the face of the program.

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