There also looks to be some MACtion in New York as Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch came in second on straw polls this week done by Heisman Pundit and USA Today. I have been promoting Lynch as a Heisman finalist since last season and I attempted to have him added to the Maxwell Award semifinalists list. Now, the Maxwell takes another hit in credibility since a likely Heisman finalist js not even be on the Maxwell ballot.
"The only way possible that I get down to New York or win the Heisman is if we win games so I try to focus one game at a time," Lynch said. "Only reason I have a chance going is because of my coaches and teammates around me."
There is also a slew of other players that could be named as finalists, but I do not believe should make it to New York. Alabama QB AJ McCarron has been on many lists, but he has just not had a stellar enough season worthy to be a Heisman candidate. McCarron is a good quarterback on a great team, but that shouldn't warrant him a spot as a Heisman finalist. A player needs to be outstanding in order to win the coveted award. While he still could be named finalist, other players have had better seasons.
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is another player popping up in the late season Heisman straw polls. Miller is a great dual threat and has led his Buckeyes to an undefeated season thus far, but he has had too many bland performances this season to be a real contender.
The top five contenders are listed below along with a rough list of other possible longshot finalists. Early season, the Heisman contenders are ranked according to my evaluation, but below the players are ranked according to how they are most likely to finish in voting. The Heisman Trophy will be awarded to the winner on Saturday, December 14.
***Update Dec 9 Mon 6:25 PM ET*** Official 2013 Heisman Trophy finalists: Jordan Lynch, Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, AJ McCarron, Andre Williams, and Jameis Winston (alphabetical order). This is the first time six finalists were named since 1994.
Heisman Trophy Final Results
1. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State, 2205
2. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama, 704
3. QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, 558
4. RB Andre Williams, Boston College, 470
5. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 421
6. RB Tre Mason, Auburn, 404
Heisman Trophy Contenders
Key Stats: 3490 pass yards, 290.8 pass yard per game, 192.6 QB rating, and 38 touchdowns.
Next Game: Saturday vs. Duke, ACC Championship
2. QB Jordan Lynch (r-Sr. 6-0 216) Northern Illinois
Key Stats: 2456 pass yards, 1755 rush yards, 350.9 total yards per game, and 42 touchdowns.
Next Game: Friday vs. Bowling Green, MAC Championship
3. QB AJ McCarron (Sr. 6-4 214) Alabama
Key Stats: 2676 pass yards, 223 pass yards per game, 165.9 QB rating, and 26 touchdowns
Next Game: Idle
4. RB Andre Williams (Sr. 6-0 227) Boston College
Key Stats: 2102 rush yards, 175.2 rush yards per game, 6.4 yards per carry, and 17 touchdowns.
Next Game: Idle
5. QB Braxton Miller (Jr. 6-2 215) Ohio State
Key Stats: 1759 pass yards, 891 rush yards, 220.8 total yards per game, and 29 touchdowns.
Next Game: Saturday vs. Michigan State, Big Ten Championship
Longshot Heisman Finalists:
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
RB Tre Mason, Auburn
QB Bryce Petty, Baylor
*Listed in alphabetical order according to last name.