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Winston among six Heisman finalists; Mariota of Oregon not among invitees

December 10, 2013
By RALPH D. RUSSO , The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony - though he's not expected to have much competition.

The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams.

Six finalists invited to New York for the presentation are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday.

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Jameis Winston of Florida State is the heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded Saturday.
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Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed.

Winston is on pace to break the NCAA record for passer efficiency rating (190.1) and has already set records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38) by a freshman.

He could also become the second freshman to win the award. Manziel was the first just last year. Famous Jameis, like Johnny Football last season, is a redshirt freshman.

Manziel will try to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State's Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and '75. The Aggies' quarterback is third in the nation in total offense with 368 yards per game.

Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois to within a victory of a Bowl Championship Series bid and has set the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback this season with 1,815.

"NYC here I come!! Thanks to the coaches teammates and media relation couldn't of did it wt out them!" Lynch tweeted.

McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide.

Mason helped No. 2 Auburn reach the BCS title game, running for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the Southeastern Conference title game. He is ninth in the country in rushing at 124 yards per game.

"When I heard the news, I was in disbelief," Mason said in a statement.

Williams of the Eagles is the nation's leading rusher at 175 yards per game and the 16th player in Bowl Subdivision history to run for 2,000 yards in a season.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota, a Saint Louis School alumnus, was among the early favorites for the award. He didn't make the cut after completing 63 percent of his passes for 3,412 yards and 30 touchdowns for the No. 10 Ducks.



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