Top 5 Heisman Trophy Candidates For 2014
Top 5 Players Who Can Win The Heisman
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Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon Ducks– Last season, Mariota threw for 3,665 yards and 31 touchdowns, while rushing for 715 yards and nine touchdowns. Keep in mind that Mariota played much of the second half of the season with a brace on his knee due to getting injured. Now that he’s 100 percent healthy, there’s no reason why Mariota can’t top 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. The Oregon quarterback simply puts up video game numbers and it also helps that he plays for a program that has reached a BCS bowl in four of the last five seasons. Mariota should be the overall favorite to win the Heisman considering only one player has ever won the award twice.
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State Seminoles – Even with only one player winning the Heisman twice, Winston is as good as it gets at the quarterback season. We’re talking about a first-year player who completed nearly 67 percent of his passes for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns. Winston also rushed for four scores and led his Seminoles to an undefeated season and national championship. Nothing rattles this guy and his skill set is simply off the charts, which is one of the main reasons Florida State is one of the top favorites to win it all once again. If Winston has a season anywhere close to what he had last year, there’s a good chance he could become just the second player ever to win the award twice.
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Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Bulldogs – Gurley is by far the best running back in college football and should be the first back taken in next year’s NFL draft. Despite missing three games due to injury last season, Gurley still rushed for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns, while racking up 441 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Gurley’s combination of power and speed is off the charts, and there’s very few teams that are able to hold this freight train under 100 yards. Yes, there have only been two running backs who have won the Heisman since 2000, but Gurley has the ability to change that and represent well for the offensive backfield. Watch out for this Georgia player.
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State Buckeyes– Miller is often the forgotten man in college football with a lot of attention now going to Johnny Manziel and Winston. However, Miller was once the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman just a couple seasons ago. Playing in Urban Meyer’s offense and having superb speed, Miller can put up all the numbers the other quarterbacks can, and he does a good job of leading his team to victories. After all, Miller has lost just two games the last two seasons. Assuming Miller can stay healthy he should have his best season yet, which is saying something for a quarterback who has topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the last two seasons.
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA Bruins– With Hundley entering his third season, this should be the year he cuts back on the poor decisions and starts playing with a little more consistency. If that happens, look out. Hundley has completed no less than 66 percent of his passes the last two seasons and has 6,816 passing yards and 53 career passing touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 20 career touchdowns. The scary part is Hundley has a ton of upside left and can only improve from here. UCLA is loaded with talent and could be a team that pushes for one of the four playoff spots assuming Hundley can continue to improve. If this is Hundley’s breakout season the way I think it will be, UCLA has itself a Heisman trophy winner.