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Lynch, Manziel, Mason, McCarron, Williams & Winston Named Finalists For 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy
The 2013 Winner will be announced live on ESPN this Saturday.
In a season with many standout players throughout college football, the Heisman electorate has officially narrowed the race down to six finalists for the 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy. Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel ('96) announced on Monday, December 9 that the finalists for the 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Boston College running back Andre Williams, and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The announcement of the finalists for the most prestigious award in college football was made on ESPN's 6:00PM telecast of SportsCenter.
A record six finalists were invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy.
Announcement will be December 14 and broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00PM est.
Lynch would be the first Northern Illinois Huskie and first MAC Conference player to win the Trophy. The senior led his team to a 12-1 season as quarterback with 2,676 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,881 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Lynch completed 233 of 369 passes and was only intercepted 7 times all season. He set the FBS record for single-game rushing yards by a quarterback with 321 and became just the fifth quarterback to rush for at least 4,000 yards and pass for at least 5,000 yards in a career.
Manziel would be the second player ever to win the Heisman Trophy more than once, with Archie Griffin ('74, '75) as the only winner currently with this honor. The sophomore quarterback for Texas A&M passed for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns, surpassing his 3,706 passing yards and 26 touchdowns from the 2012 season. Manziel also rushed for 686 yards and 8 touchdowns. He set the Aggies record for touchdown passes in a season with 33 and set another Aggie record of most passing yards in a game with 464 against Alabama.
Mason would be the fourth Auburn Tiger to win the Heisman Trophy and the second in just four years, after Cam Newton's win in 2010. The junior running back rushed for 1,621 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns. Mason also received for 121 yards and returned 395 kickoff yards, scoring one touchdown during a kickoff return. Mason's all-purpose yards this season, at 2,137, surpassed Bo Jackson's Auburn record set in 1985 of 1,859 and his rushing touchdowns broke Cam Newton's record he set in 2010 with 20 rushing touchdowns. Mason set two SEC Championship Game records with 304 rushing yards and 46 carries.
McCarron led the Alabama Crimson Tide to an 11-1 season as the senior quarterback. He passed for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns, completing 207 of 306 passes. He was only intercepted five times this season and holds the title of the winningest quarterback in Crimson Tide history. McCarron would become the second Heisman Winner from Alabama after Mark Ingram's win in 2009.
Williams would be the first Boston College Eagle to win the trophy in 29 years, since Doug Flutie's win in 1984. The senior running back rushed for 2,102 yards, scored 17 touchdowns, and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. He is the first Eagle to ever surpass the 2,000 yard rushing mark and set the school record for most yards rushed in a game with 339 yards against North Carolina State. Williams accounted for 51% of BC's offense this season and has the most rushing yards in all of Division I College Football for the 2013 season.
Winston would be only the second freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy and the third Florida State Seminole, behind Charlie Ward ('93) and Chris Weinke ('00). The quarterback led his team to an undefeated season with 3,820 passing yards and 38 passing touchdowns. Upon surpassing Weinke's 33 touchdown passes, Winston set the new FSU single-season touchdown pass record at 38. Winston and the Seminoles will compete in the BCS National Championship Game in January.
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.
"The 2013 college football season has been one of the most exciting in years," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We are pleased to welcome these six talented men to New York and look forward to naming one as the newest Heisman Trophy Winner."
Tickets are still available for the 79th 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: Roger Staubach (Navy, 1963) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State, 1988) on the 25th Anniversary of his award, and Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003) on the 10th Anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson as the 2013 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his decades-long dedication to helping families in the San Antonio, Texas community.
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman Trophy, 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.
Bowl Pairings Announced for Final BCS Season
Auburn and Florida State to Meet in Vizio BCS National Championship Game
Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series, today announced that the final BCS National Championship Game will match No. 1 Florida State against No. 2 Auburn in Pasadena January 6.
“From the kickoff in August to the last whistle of the regular season—and every week in between—this final season of the BCS will be a year to be remembered,” Hancock said. “It produced some unbelievable must-see games. The VIZIO BCS National Championship Game will carry that excitement into the new year. In addition, we have a fascinating lineup of other BCS games and a great slate of other bowls throughout the holiday season.”
The BCS pairings are as follows (all times ET and all games will be televised on ESPN):
Rose Bowl Game - January 1, Pasadena, Ca
Stanford vs. Michigan State
Fiesta Bowl - January 1, Glendale, Az
Central Florida vs. Baylor
Sugar Bowl - January 2, New Orleans, La
Oklahoma vs. Alabama
Discover Orange Bowl - January 3, Miami, Fl
Clemson vs. Ohio State
Vizio BCS National Championship - January 6, Pasadena, Ca
Auburn vs. Florida State
About the Bowl Championship Series
The BCS is a five-game arrangement for post-season college football that is managed by the 11 Bowl Subdivision conferences and independent institutions. Its purpose is to match the two top-ranked teams in a national championship game and to create competitive match-ups in the four other BCS bowl games. For more information, visit http://www.bcsfootball.org.
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.
NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Final Month
Photo - QB Russell Wilson - Seahawks
Players of the Week
Offensive Player - WR Josh Gordon - Browns
Defensive Player - DE Justin Tuck - Giants
Team of Week 13 - Seattle Seahawks -
Matchup of Week 14 – Colts at Bengals –
Rank / Team / Record
1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1)
The Seahawks are running on all cylinders.
2. Denver Broncos (10-2)
Broncos made great comeback behind Peyton Manning vs Chiefs.
3. New Orleans Saints (9-3)
Saints are a different club on the road.
4. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
Colts face acid test this week with trip to Cincinnati.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)
The Chiefs losing early season momentum and need a strong final month.
6. New England Patriots (9-3)
Patriots are always taking care of business behind Tom Brady.
7. Carolina Panthers (9-3)
Panthers are hottest team in league with eight game winning streak.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
The Bengals hoping to solidify first place in AFC North with win over Colts at home.
9. San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
The 49ers get the Seahawks at home in game that will decide NFC West leader.
10. Detroit Lions (7-5)
Lions in first place in the North and travel to Phillly for pivotal NFC matchup.
11. Dallas Cowboys (7-5)
Cowboys have been dodging bullets in last two games and go to Chicago for key NFC contest.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (7-5)
Eagles host the Lions this week that could determine two NFC leaders.
13. Baltimore Ravens (6-6)
The Ravens won a huge game vs Steelers and are dangerous entering final month of season.
14. Arizona Cardinals (7-5)
Cards lost a huge game vs Eagles and must regroup quickly with Rams this week.
15. Chicago Bears (6-6)
The Bears lost a critical game vs Vikes in OT last week and prepare for Cowboys this week on Monday night at home.
16. Green Bay Packers (5-6-1)
Packers facing a must win situation almost every week the rest of season for any playoff hopes.
17. San Diego Chargers (5-7)
Chargers continue to come up short in big game situations.
18. New York Giants (5-7)
The GMen are still breathing, but on oxygen weekly.
19. Miami Dolphins (6-6)
The Dolphins have no excuses with soft final month vs AFC East clubs on agenda.
20. Tennessee Titans (5-7)
The Titans go into Denver staring elimination in the face weekly.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7)
Steelers lost key game to Ravens that leaves them in a must win situation weekly for any playoff hopes.
22. St. Louis Rams (5-7)
The Rams play hard weekly, but find a way to let game slip away.
23. New York Jets (5-7)
The Jets were absolutely horrible vs Dolphins last week with their offense totally inept.
24. Cleveland Browns (4-8)
The Browns travel to New England and playoff out the string with pressing QB issues.
25. Oakland Raiders (4-8)
The Raiders still can not find a way to win close games.
26. Washington Redskins (3-9)
The Skins were a paper tiger as NFC East title winner last year.
27. Buffalo Bills (4-8)
The Bills are competitive weekly but still a few seasons away from playoff contention.
28. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-9)
Bucs had their winning streak broke by Panthers but look to get back with home game vs Bills this week.
29. Atlanta Falcons (3-9)
Falcons are a wreck and in position for a top five pick in the NFL Draft 2014.
30. Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1)
Vikings travel to Baltimore this Sunday with only their pride at stake.
31. Houston Texans (2-10)
Texans lose another close game vs Pats last week and face Jaguars tonite in a major matchup for the top overall selection next spring.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9)
Jaguars have played hard through season and host Texans with key implication for first overall pick for NFL Draft 2014 in the balance.
Senior Bowl Highlights All-Star Postseason
All-Star Game Schedule – Dec thru January 2014
Date Site Time (ET) TV Rosters Reviews
DIII Senior Classic - Dec 13, Salem, Virginia 7 pm
DII vs NAIA Star game - Dec 21, Myrtle Beach, Fla 1 pm
FSC Senior Scout Bowl - Dec 21, Myrtle Beach, Fla 5 pm
HBCU Bowl - Dec 21, Atlanta 4 pm - Fox College Sports
GIU All American Game - Dec 28, St. George, Utah 7:45 pm
Casino Del Sol Classic - Jan 11, Tucson, Arizona 9 pm - ESPN3
East-West Shrine - Jan 18, St. Petersburg, Florida 4 PM - NFL Network
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl - Jan 18, Carson, California 6 pm - ESPN
Senior Bowl - Jan 25, Mobile, Alabama 4 pm - NFL Network
Senior Bowl Classic
Game - Jan 25, Mobile, Alabama
Practices - Monday thru Thursday
Kickoff - 4 pm, NFL Network
Texas versus the Nation
Cactus Bowl (DII)
The Battle of Florida
Raycom College All-Star Game
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He has been a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game among other postseason events. He is a players agent consultant related to pro prospect training programs for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Auburn Shocks Alabama - Turns Polls Upside Down
Florida St.& Ohio St. Rank #1 and #2 - Remain Perfect along with Northern Illinois
Players of Week
Offense: QB Marcus Mariota - Oregan
Defense: CB Chris Davis - Auburn
Photo: LB Chris Borland - Wisconsin
Upcoming Game of the Week: Auburn (11-1) vs Missouri (11-1)
Auburn Posts Classic Win over #1 Alabama At Gun
Team of the Week - Auburn
AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Votes / Record / Points
1 Florida State (58) -12-0 - 1498
2 Ohio State - 12-0 - 1418
3 Auburn (2) - 11-1 - 1387
4 Alabama - 11-1 - 1294
5 Missouri - 11-1 - 1281
6 Oklahoma State - 10-1 - 1197
7 Stanford - 10-2 - 1067
8 South Carolina - 10-2 - 1066
9 Baylor - 10-1 - 1020
10 Michigan State - 11-1 - 1002
11 Arizona State - 10-2 - 843
12 Oregon - 10-2 - 815
13 Clemson - 10-2 - 813
14 LSU - 9-3 - 690
15 UCF - 10-1 - 621
16 Northern Illinois - 12-0 - 596
17 UCLA - 9-3 - 510
18 Oklahoma - 9-2 - 503
19 Louisville - 10-1 - 482
20 Duke - 10-2 - 348
21 Wisconsin - 9-3 - 299
22 Texas A&M - 8-4 - 186
23 Texas - 8-3 - 156
24 Fresno State - 10-1 - 124
25 Georgia - 8-4 - 111