The 2013 Heisman Watch is closest its been all season long. Due to some faulty performances from last weeks top 5, there’s been some changes. Here’s my updated top 5:
5. Marcus Mariota, Oregon:
A month ago it seemed like Mariota already had his name on the trophy. Now, the Oregon quarterback is barely in the top five. Mariota threw his first two picks of the season while the Ducks managed to only score 16 points in a losing effort to unranked, unheard of Arizona. How on earth can a star Division I quarterback complete 27-of-41 passes for 308 yards and only manage 16 points? Regardless, Mariota’s season-long numbers keep him on the top five for another week.
4. Bryce Petty, Baylor:
I really did want to see Petty make a run up the list and challenge Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston (spoiler alert), but it just wasn’t in the cards. It took Petty four quarters to find the endzone, and he ended the game 28-of-48 passing for 359 yards and two fourth quarter scores. The late touchdowns were a little too late, as the Bears watched their National Championship hopes go up in flames, losing to Oklahoma State 49-17. Like I said last week, Petty needed to come up big in these last few games, but it just didn’t happen. However, just like Mariota, his season-long numbers keep him in the conversation.
3. A.J. McCarron, Alabama:
McCarron has slowly climbed his way higher and higher every week, and I honestly believe he is a legitimate candidate for the trophy. While everyone ahead of him keeps slipping up, he keeps rising to the challenge, managing the games, and leading his team to victory. This weekend against Chattanooga, McCarron was 13-of-16 for 171 yards and two touchdowns. With just five interceptions to his name all season (with two in a game two weeks ago), it’s moronic to not see McCarron in the Heisman race, let alone not have him in the top 3 or higher. Let’s not forget the legal trouble that my top 2 have faced (or might be facing), and how that could impact the Heisman Trust after the heat they took this past off-season. However, all of that aside, numbers don’t lie, keeping McCarron at no. 3.
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M:
After his abysmal performance against LSU, I could catch some heat for his one. Hear me out, people. Yes, Manziel did slip up against the Tigers defense for the second season in a row. Yes, the Aggies did suffer their third loss of the season. However, Manziel struggled mightily against LSU last year and still won the trophy. The Aggies were a two-loss team last year and he still won the trophy. Let’s also no forget the fact that his numbers were worse last year than they are this year! I do think his off-the-field antics could leave him in the cold (same for my no. 1), which makes this a very interesting race going into the final weeks of the season.
1. Jameis Winston, Florida State:
With his maybe/maybe not impending legal troubles, Winston has shown maturity past his age and played his game week in and week out. The Seminoles trounced Idaho 80-14, with Winston leading the way. Famous Jameis completed 14-of-25 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns. However, all of this could be for nothing if legal issues come to light in the next few weeks. According to university policy, if prosecutors do, in fact, decide to charge Winston in the sexual assault case dating back to 2012, the freshman quarterback would not be able to play until the issue was completely resolved.
All speculation aside, Winston has played big in even bigger games, proving himself to be one of the most dynamic players in the country, and well worthy to hoist the trophy in New York.
Don’t agree with my rankings? Feel free to comment and/or vote in the poll below on who you think should be no. 1!