Four quarterbacks and two running backs were named Heisman Trophy finalists on Monday. The six finalists invited to the ceremony in New York are the most since 1994.
Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award Saturday night now that a sexual assault complaint against him has been closed without charges being filed.
Winston completed 237 of 349 passes for 3,820 yards with 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed 77 times for 193 yards and four scores in leading FSU to the BCS National Championship Game.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, last year's Heisman winner, was also named a finalist on Monday. Manziel threw for 3,732 yards on 270-for-391 passing, tossing 33 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.
Alabama senior AJ McCarron was named a Heisman finalist after completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns for the 11-1 Crimson Tide. He's only lost three games as Alabama's starting quarterback in three seasons.
Jordan Lynch set a quarterback record by running for 1,881 yards, but his Heisman candidacy likely took a hit when Northern Illinois (12-1) lost to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship. He also threw for 2,676 yards and accounted for 46 touchdowns -- 22 rushing, 23 passing and one receiving.
Auburn running back Tre Mason joined the Heisman finalists after gaining 1,621 yards on 283 carries. He scored four of his 22 rushing touchdowns during the SEC championship game against Missouri.
Boston College running back and Heisman finalist Andrew Williams ran for 2,102 yards, scored 17 touchdowns and averaged 6.4 yards a carry this season. He is the first player to pass 2,000 yards since 2008.
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