Top Heisman Candidates for 2014
The 2014 Heisman race is going to be an interesting one, but the competition may be a bit too strong for Winston to repeat. Here are my top 5 candidates for the upcoming football season:
1. Marcus Mariota QB Oregon -2013 stats, QB rating 167.7 3,665 pass yards 31 TD 4 int, 715 rushing yards 9 TD
This 6'4 220 pound Junior QB could have been the #1 pick in last May's draft, but chose to come back for 1 more year at Oregon. He was a Heisman front- runner for most of the 2013 season until the Ducks dropped 2 of 3 late in the season, with key losses to @Stanford and @Arizona Mariota struggled to get his team going in both contests. But with expectations through the roof for 2014 Mariota has a chance to bring the Heisman back to Eugene, Oregon.
2. Jameis Winston QB Florida State- 2013 stats, QB rating 184.8 4,057 40 TD 10 int, 219 rushing yards 4 TD
2013 was one of the best seasons in FSU's storied history, bringing home their first national championship since 1999. Winston's offseason was anything but memorable, he had a couple lapses during this time frame. After his duties as a baseball pitcher, he plans to lead the Noles to the first ever playoff series in Division I. Will his off the field problems loom large when its time to cast ballots or can he overcome those obstacles with another dynamic season? The outcome is left up to him.
3. Todd Gurley III RB Georgia – 2013 stats, 989 rushing yards 10 TD, 37 Receptions 441 receiving yards 6 TD
The word around Athens is that he's the best thing since Garrison Hearst, and that he has a chance to be one of the greatest to ever run between the hedges. Last season could have been more special for Gurley hadn't it been for nagging injuries, which made last season more amazing. Gurley totaled more than 1,400 yards and scored 16 times in only 10 games, which makes the question if healthy, can he lead the Bulldogs to the Promised Land and bring home the hardware or will his work load be too heavy to carry?
4. Brett Hundley QB UCLA – 2013 stats, QB rating 153.7 3,071 passing yards 24 passing TD, 748 rushing yards 11 TD
This young QB has NFL ready talent and only has room to improve. After 2 years on the job and gaining grasp of the offense, Hundley's poised to lead the bruins to a strong season. His strong arm and uncanny ability to move the ball down the field has him on the radar to be a top 5 pick in the 2015 draft. He will have scouts and GM's drooling at next years combine.
5. Bryce Petty QB Baylor- 2013 stats, QB rating 174.3 4,200 passing yards 32 TD 3 int, 209 rushing yards 14 TD
Petty and the Baylor Bears were one of the highest scoring teams in Division I football last season scoring a crazy 52.4 PPG last season. Petty waited behind RGIII before getting his chance to shine and he took full advantage of it. The Bears and Petty are aiming at putting up numbers again in 2014, but can their defense hold up their end on the field? If so Petty may be the dark horse of all the candidates to win the Heisman.