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Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Head Five Heisman Finalists

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Lamar Jackson and Jabrill Peppers Head Five Heisman Trophy Finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Heisman Trophy are: Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan), Deshaun Watson (Clemson) and Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma).

Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard ('91) and Charles Woodson ('97) announced earlier this week that the finalists for the 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Michigan DB/LB Jabrill Peppers, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN's Countdown show.

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

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The five finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 10, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan.

Lamar Jackson - 6’3” 215 lbs. - True sophomore and Louisville's first Heisman finalist. The athletic Jackson, who hails from Pompano Beach, Fla., guided the Cardinals to a 9-3 record while accumulating 4,928 yards of total offense and 51 total TDs. He threw for 3,390 yards and 30 TDs through the air and racked up 1,538 yards and 21 scores on the ground to become just the third player to pass for 30 TDs and rush for 20 TDs in the same season. He is also the first player in FBS history with 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season. For his efforts, Jackson was named the ACC's Player of the Year recently.

Baker Mayfield - 6’1” 215 lbs. - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Dede Westbrook as the school's first since Sam Bradford won the trophy in 2008. Mayfield, a redshirt junior, led the nation in passing efficiency this season with a mark of 197.75, which currently stands above the FBS mark of 191.8 set by Wisconsin's Russell Wilson in 2011. The 6-1, 212-pounder from Austin, Texas, threw for 3,669 yards and 38 TDs while leading the Sooners to a 10-2 record and the Big 12 title. He finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman balloting.

Jabrill Peppers - 6’1” 205 lbs. - Michigan's fifth Heisman finalist and first since Chris Perry in 2003. He is the first defensive player to be named a Heisman finalist since Notre Dame's Manti Te'o in 2012. The versatile 6-1, 205-pound true junior from East Orange, NJ, was all over the field for the Wolverines this season, totaling 71 tackles, including 15 behind the line of scrimmage, one interception, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, 167 rushing yards (with three TDs), 310 yards punt return yards (with 1 TD) and 260 yards on kickoff returns. Logged 933 snaps this season for the Wolverines and played 15 different positions, seeing action on offense (53 plays), defense (726 plays) and special teams (154). He helped lead Michigan to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Orange Bowl. One of the most dynamic returners in the country.

Deshaun Watson - 6’2” 210 lbs. - Returns for a second-straight year to the Heisman ceremony after finishing third in the voting in 2015. The true junior from Gainesville, Ga., passed for 3,914 yards and 37 TDs while also rushing for 529 yards and 6 scores. His 4,443 yards of total offense was eighth-best nationally while his combined 43 TDs running and passing was tied for fourth-best among Power 5 conference players. The 6-2, 210-pounder led Clemson to its second-straight ACC title as well as its second-consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff.

Dede Westbrook - 6’ 175 lbs. - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Baker Mayfield as the first Sooner to be so honored since Sam Bradford won the Heisman in 2008. The 6-0, 176-pound senior from Cameron, Texas, caught 74 passes for 1,465 yards and a school-record 16 TD receptions as Oklahoma finished 10-2 and won the Big 12 title. He was second among all Power 5 players in receiving yardage and third in receiving yardage per game while averaging a stellar 19.81 yards per catch. One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Westbrook is the first receiver to be named a Heisman finalist since Amari Cooper in 2014.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman winner, is comprised of 929 voters, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan.

"This outstanding class of Heisman finalists represent the best in College Football this season. We are excited to welcome the next Heisman Trophy winner into the elite Heisman fraternity this weekend." said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust.

Tickets are still available for the 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where three former Heisman winners will also be recognized: Steve Spurrier (Florida, 1966) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Desmond Howard (Michigan, 1991) on the 25th Anniversary of his award and Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006) on the 10th anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota State Justice Alan Page as the 2016 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his support of educational opportunities for at-risk youth.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.heisman.com or by calling The Heisman Trophy Trust at (212) 425-7000.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Tide’s Derrick Henry Wins Heisman Trophy 2015

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Derrick Henry Wins Heisman Trophy 2015
Christian McCaffrey's Charge Comes up Short

Derrick Henry capped a terrific junior campaign in which he rushed for an SEC-record 1,986 yards on 339 carries and a conference-record-tying 23 TDs with the coveted Heisman Trophy award. Henry beat out runner Christian McCaffrey and QB Deshaun Watson while winning five of the six voting regions. Henry has lead Alabama to the College Football Playoffs on December 31st in the semi finals vs Michigan St.

Photo - RB Derrick Henry - Alabama

"I'm just so thankful to have this trophy," Henry said. "It's just a blessing and an honor."

The Heisman Trophy has been a QB award for almost all of the last decade and a half, but Derrick Henry's season was too good for voters to ignore. The SEC rushing mark was previously held by 1982 Heisman winner Herschel Walker.

Henry finished with 1,832 points in the voting, followed by Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (1,539), making it four second-place finishes for Cardinal players in seven seasons. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson (1,165) finished third. Henry won five of six voting regions, with McCaffrey winning only the Far West. Henry was considered a strong favorite going in, though McCaffrey had a huge final month that made the voting closer.

"I didn't know at all," he said. "Those two guys were great contenders for the trophy. Deshaun, with how consistent and efficient he is at the quarterback position, all the success he had, I was kind of worried. Christian, breaking Barry Sanders' record, doing all the things he does, he's just unbelievable."

"My heart was about to bust out my chest. I thought I was going to have a heart attack," he said.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who some thought should have been among the finalists sent to New York, finished 4th with 334 points. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds finished 5th with 180 points, the highest service academy finisher since Roger Staubach won it in 1963.

Henry is the first running back to claim the Heisman since 2009, when Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram became the first Alabama player ever to win the award. In 2009, Ingram edged runner-up Toby Gerhart -- a Stanford running back -- by a single percentage point, the narrowest margin of victory in the history of the award. The Heisman went to quarterbacks in the five years that followed.

Derrick Henry was the most productive FBS back this year, not only leading the nation in carries, yards and TDs but also setting several SEC records along the way.

Derrick Henry 2015 Season
FBS Rank

Rushes 339 1st
Rush yds 1,986* 1st
Rush TDs 23* 1st
* Set or tied SEC single-season record

"I know that our entire organization is really happy, happy, happy for Derrick Henry tonight, winning the Heisman Trophy," Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

Henry became the first Power 5 player to win the Heisman after leading the FBS in carries, rushing yards and rushing TDs. Each of the previous three finalists since 1982 (the first year multiple players were invited to attend the ceremony) to lead in all three categories came up just short in the Heisman race.

On Thursday night, Henry also beat McCaffrey for the Doak Walker Award as the country's top running back, and became the first running back since 2002 to win the Maxwell Award, which is given to college football's player of the year. He is the first running back to win the Maxwell Award and Heisman Trophy since Ron Dayne in 1999
Led FBS in rush attempts, yards, TDs
Power 5 players since 1982

Year/Player/Heisman finish
2015 Derrick Henry 1st
2009 Toby Gerhart 2nd
1989 Anthony Thompson 2nd
1984 Keith Byars 2nd

2015 Heisman Trophy voting
1st Place / Total / Points

1. Derrick Henry, Alabama 378 1,832
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford 290 1,539
3. Deshaun Watson, Clemson 148 1,165
4. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma 34 334
5. Keenan Reynolds, Navy 20 180
6. Leonard Fournette, LSU 10 110
7. Dalvin Cook, Florida State 7 79
8. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State 5 57
T-9. Connor Cook, Michigan State 2 13
T-9. Trevone Boykin, TCU 1 13

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

2015 Heisman Finalists - Henry, McCaffrey & Watson

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Henry, McCaffrey & Watson
Named 2015 Heisman Finalists

The 2015 Heisman Winner will be announced this Saturday on ESPN.

NEW YORK, NY (December, 2015) - Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams ('98) announced tonight that the finalists for the 81st annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN2's 6:00 PM EST telecast of SportsCenter.

The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 12, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America.

Derrick Henry – Alabama - Tide's fifth Heisman finalist in the last seven years and the school's seventh overall. The true junior from Yulee, Fla., rumbled his way to an SEC single-season-record 1,986 rushing yards, while tying the conference mark for rushing touchdowns with 23. His rushing yardage total led the nation, as did his number of rushing attempts (339). The 6-3, 242-pounder was just the third running back in SEC history (Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson being the others) to have four 200-yard games in a single season. He would be the second Alabama player (and second Crimson Tide running back) to win the Heisman, joining 2009 winner Mark Ingram. He'd also be the second Heisman winner under Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Christian McCaffrey – Stanford – Cardinal’s fourth Heisman finalist in the last seven years and the school's fifth overall. The true sophomore running back from Castle Rock, Colo., set the FBS record for single-season all-purpose yardage with 3,496 yards, surpassing the previous standard of 3,250 yards set by Barry Sanders in 1988. McCaffrey showed his versatility by finishing fifth in the nation in rushing with 1,847 yards while also adding 540 yards on 41 receptions and 1,109 yards on kick and punt returns. He scored 12 touchdowns and passed for two more. The 6-0, 201-pounder would be the second Cardinal player to capture the Heisman, joining 1970 winner Jim Plunkett.

Deshaun Watson – Clemson - Tiger's first Heisman finalist and thus would be the school's first Heisman winner. The true sophomore from Gainesville, Ga., passed for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns while also rushing for 887 yards and 11 scores. His 4,399 yards of total offense was fourth-best nationally while his combined 41 touchdowns running and passing was second-best among Power 5 conferences. He was the only player in the nation with more than 750 rushing yards and over 3,000 passing yards. The 6-2, 210-pounder was named the ACC Player of the Year as No. 1 Clemson -- the nation's only undefeated team -- recorded its best season since 1981.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman winner, is comprised of 928 electors, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America.

"We're honored to invite these three outstanding finalists to New York for the 2015 Heisman Trophy ceremony," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and welcoming one of them into the Heisman family."

Tickets are still available for the 81st Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala on Monday, December 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where two former Heisman winners will also be recognized: Mike Garrett (USC, 1965) on the 50th Anniversary of his award and Ty Detmer (Brigham Young, 1990) on the 25th Anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize former NFL all-star quarterback Boomer Esiason as the 2015 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his tireless efforts fighting cystic fibrosis.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

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Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy
Heisman Trophy Voting

Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide.
A look at the voting:

Player Total 1st
1. Marcus Mariota - 2,534 - 788
2. Melvin Gordon - 1,250 - 37
3. Amari Cooper - 1,023 - 49
4. Trevone Boykin - 218 - 8
5. J.T. Barrett - 78 - 0
6. Jameis Winston - 51 - 4
7. Tevin Coleman - 44 - 2
8. Dak Prescott - 42 - 2
9. Scooby Wright III - 21 - 0
10. Bryce Petty - 13 - 1
-- Max possible points: 2,787

Photo – QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points (90.92) in Heisman history, behind only Ohio State QB Troy Smith, who had 91.63 in 2006. Southern California tailback Reggie Bush received 91.77 percent of possible points in 2005, but his victory was later vacated for violating NCAA rules.

Mariota is the first Hawaii native to win the Heisman and accounted for a Pac-12-record 53 TDs (38 passing, 14 rushing and one receiving) while directing the Ducks spread offense.
"In Hawaii, if one person is successful, the entire state is successful,'' he said, draped in leis at his news conference.

In the inaugural College Football Playoff, Mariota and the No. 2 Ducks will take on 2013 Heisman winner QB Jameis Winston on New Year’s day in the Rose Bowl national title semi-final.

Ducks QB Marcus Mariota took home 90.9 percent of the possible points in the Heisman Trophy voting, the second-highest mark in the past 50 years:

Year / Player / Pct.
2006 Troy Smith 91.6
2014 Marcus Mariota 90.9
1998 Ricky Williams 85.2
1993 Charlie Ward 83.8
2010 Cam Newton 81.5
1968 O.J. Simpson 79.3
2013 Jameis Winston 79.1

Mariota had a consistently strong 2014season with only for the early October to Arizona a blemish on his and the Ducks’ record. They avenged that loss with an impressive Pac 12 title win over Arizona.

He leads the nation in passer rating (186.2), is fifth in total offense (342.5 yards per game) and has led the Ducks to a Pac-12 title with a chance to play for their first national championship.

He didn't start for his high school team until he was a senior -- then led Saint Louis in Honolulu to a state title. A quiet leader with a nice-guy reputation, Mariota brought no off-field baggage to this Heisman

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Heisman Trophy Finalists - Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper & and Melvin Gordon

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Cooper, Gordon & Mariota Named 2014 Heisman Finalists
The 2014 Heisman Winner will be announced this Saturday on ESPN

NEW YORK, NY (December, 2014) - Another exciting Heisman race is coming to a close as voters from around the country have settled on the finalists for the 2014 edition of college football's most prestigious award.

Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel ('96) announced the finalists for the 80th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN/ESPN2's 6:00 PM telecast of SportsCenter.
The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on December 13, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America.

Frank Coyle is a longtime voter in the Heisman Trophy award and cast his ballot for Oregon's Marcus Mariota #1, Amari Cooper #2 and Melvin Gordon #3.

Photo – WR Amari Cooper - Alabama

Amari Cooperwould be the first wide receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard in 1991. The junior from Miami set the SEC single-season record with 113 catches this fall, 14 of them for touchdowns. That reception total, along with his 1,656 receiving yards, led the nation. The 6-1, 210-pound Cooper owns every major Alabama receiving record, including career receptions (218), season receptions (115), catches in one game (13), career receiving yards (3,391) and career touchdowns catches (29). He would be the second Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama (and second in six seasons) and the second coached by Nick Saban.

Melvin Gordon would be the third Wisconsin Badger to win the Heisman. The junior running back from Kenosha, Wisc., set a Big Ten record with a nation-leading 2,336 rushing yards. He also scored 29 touchdowns and averaged 7.56 yards per carry. He is the 17th player in FBS history to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing barrier and he did it faster than anyone previously, eclipsing the mark on his 241st carry of the season. His 408 rushing yards against Nebraska in mid-November broke the single-game rushing mark of 406 set by TCU's LaDainan Tomlinson in 1999 (Gordon's mark has since been broken). The 6-1, 213-pounder has 4,664 career yards, fourth on the all-time Wisconsin list.

Marcus Mariota would be the first Oregon Duck and first player born in Hawaii to win the Heisman Trophy. The junior quarterback from Honolulu passed for 3,773 yards and 38 touchdowns this season while throwing just two interceptions. He led the nation in passing efficiency with a mark of 186.10 and also rushed for 669 yards and 14 scores (with one touchdown reception). His 4,442 yards of total offense and 53 total touchdowns also topped the FBS rankings. For his career, Mariota has 10,115 passing yards with 101 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. His 12,251 yards of total offense is a school record.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which determines the finalists and the winner, is comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America. The electorate is tasked with selecting the outstanding college football player in the United States.

"We're pleased to welcome these three outstanding juniors to New York for the Heisman ceremony," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to celebrating their record-breaking seasons and naming one of them the winner of the 2014 Heisman Memorial Trophy."

Tickets are still available for the 80th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where three former Heisman winners will also be recognized: John Huarte (Notre Dame, 1964) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Andre Ware (Houston, 1989) on the 25th Anniversary of his award, and Matt Leinart (USC, 2004) on the 10th Anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize legendary baseball player and manager Joe Torre as the 2014 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his work helping and supporting victims of domestic violence and their families.

About the Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore, has a charitable mission to support amateur athletics and to provide greater opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through these charitable endeavors is for the Heisman Trophy to symbolize the fostering of a sense of community responsibility and service to our youth, especially those disadvantaged or afflicted.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Mariota & Gordon Top 2014 Heisman Trophy Candidates

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Mariota & Gordon Top Heisman Trophy Candidates

Photo - QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

1. Marcus Mariota - QB Oregon, Junior
Season stats: 229-334, 3,470 yards, 36 TDs, 2 ints; 107 carries, 636 yards, 11 TDs
Mariota showed no signs of slowing down in Saturday’s Civil War against Oregon State. The junior completed 19 of 25 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns while also running for 39 yards and two scores on 10 carries in No. 3 Oregon’s 47-19 rout of the Beavers.
The Ducks play Arizona in the Pac-12 championship tonight that could seal the award. Arizona has beaten the Ducks the past two regular seasons.

2. Melvin Gordon - RB Wisconsin - Junior
Season stats: 283 carries, 2,260 yards, 26 TDs; 17 catches, 151 yards, 3 TDs
Gordon ran for 151 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries and caught a four-yard touchdown pass as No. 14 Wisconsin beat No. 22 Minnesota, 34-24, Saturday in their annual rivalry game.
He plays this Saturday in the Big Ten championship game against No. 7 Ohio State, one of the nation’s top defenses. He needs another strong performance to win the award.

3. Amari Cooper - WR Alabama - Junior
Season stats: 103 catches, 1,573 yards, 14 TDs
Cooper exploded in Alabama’s 55-44 win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The junior caught 13 passes for 224 yards and three TDs to help the Crimson Tide rally for the victory.
Alabama faces Missouri in the SEC Championship on Saturday and another chance to be a difference maker in a big game situation.

4. Dak Prescott - QB, Mississippi St - Junior
Season stats: 211-345, 2,996 yards, 24 TDs, 10 ints; 195 carries, 939 yards, 13 TDs
Prescott completed 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown and ran for 48 yards and a score on 24 carries, but No. 4 Mississippi State fell to No. 18 Ole Miss, 31-17, in the Egg Bowl.
The Bulldogs lost both games in November that will hurt Dak’s closing impression, though he had a great season and instrumental in the MSU rise to the top ten rankings.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20+ years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Heisman Trophy Award 2013 - Alabama’s A.J. McCarron Gets Vote

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One Man’s Vote – Heisman Trophy Award 2013
Alabama’s A.J. McCarron Gets Heisman Trophy Vote Here

Photo – QB A.J. McCarron - Alabama

This year’s Heisman Trophy race may prove to be one of the diverse voting processes in the prestigious history of the coveted award. The Heisman Trophy Award show will be presented on ESPN tonight and will host six candidates for the trophy, the most in history.

The 2013 college football season saw the leaders for the award change almost weekly with the top two honorees, QBs A.J. McCarron, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel surfacing to the top of the ballots with strong 2013 season performances.

A.J. McCarron has been nearly flawless over the past three seasons with only a late season loss to Auburn a blemish on this year’s resume. He has elevated the Bama club to a top ranking as an underclassmen and only the last second thriller vs Auburn knocked them from another BCS title game.

He has been amazingly consistent this season with few mistakes and game to game big plays that changed the outcome of key matchups. His performance vs Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn were all impressive performances on a big stage and national title implications in the balance. Consequently, I voted him the Heisman Trophy award off an outstanding 2013 season and one of the most technically sound and smart leaders in the nation. He has been a difference maker in virtually every game he plays with minimal mistakes vs the highest competition in college football.

Jameis Winston had an outstanding redshirt freshman season, though controversial with an off the field investigation through the 2013 fall. He was cleared of the allegations in December, though it remains to be seen how this could affect the voting. He led the Seminole offense to a #2 national ranking and ACC title with an upcoming BCS title game on the schedule. Despite his strong 2013 showing, he performed against few top 20 clubs with only Duke (10-3), Clemson (9-2) and Miami (9-3) tough opponents. The remaining of their schedule was very weak as they did not play two ACC bowl teams North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Johnny Manziel will attempt to be the first two time winner since Archie Griffin of Ohio St from the 1970’s. Manziel was the first freshman in history to win the award last season. He struggled in key games vs Alabama and LSU this year that will hurt his chances to repeat.

Frank Coyle’s HeismanTrophy Vote
#1 A.J. McCarron - QB - Alabama
#2 Jameis Winston - QB - Florida St
#3 Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M

The 2013 Winner will be announced live on ESPN tonight Saturday Dec.14th at 8 pm.
Following much anticipation, Heisman Trophy committee announced the record six finalists for this year's award.

The Heisman Trophy Trust revealed the gridiron stars in contention for the prestigious 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, Florida St. QB Jameis Winston and Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, along with running backs Tre Mason of Auburn and Andre Williams of Boston College.

The six finalists will be in New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement tonight, December 14, airing on ESPN at 8:00 pm EST, presented by Nissan North America.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. An electorate comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner determines the finalists and winner. Included in the electorate is one overall fan vote, an opportunity supported by Nissan North America, Heisman's Premier Partner.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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