Jameis Winston deserved the 2013 Heisman Trophy, without a doubt. He's been brilliant, leading his team to an undefeated regular season as a first-year starter as one of the most accurate and efficient players in college football. His biggest adversary was an off-field incident, of which he was not charged and we will probably never know entirely about. There's no question, the award was his.
My grievance, and why the award is dead to me, is with the rest of the field; more specifically, I take offense to a severe lack of Marcus Mariota.
Let's take a look at the full Heisman standings:
- Jameis Winston - no complaints here.
- AJ McCarron - ...what?
- Jordan Lynch - Crazy rushing numbers in a non-AQ conference, 26-57 passing in his last two games, lost to Bowling Green by 20.
- Andre Williams - rushed for over 2000 yards, that warrants a trip to NY.
- Johnny Manziel - Lots of stats, 13 picks, crumbled down the stretch as badly as Lynch did.
- Tre Mason - Earned the trip to NY vs. Missouri. Only 73 yards rushing vs. Washington State.
- Bryce Petty - Passing game monster, should have been higher.
- Derek Carr - The passing game version of Lynch. He's already got a championship belt, he doesn't need Heisman votes.
- Braxton Miller - Runs the Wildcat better than anyone in the country. 14-36 in his last two games.
- Ka'Deem Carey - Rushed for 100+ in every game this season. Fine.
83-135 (61.4%), 1129 yards, 10 TD 4 INT, 25 carries for 71 yards, 2-2 record
Johnny Manziel's last 4 games: 86-139 (61.8%), 1138 yards, 11 TD 5 INT, 44 carries for 190 yards, 2 TDs, 2-2 record
Jordan Lynch's last 4 games: 69-111 (62.1%), 805 yards, 4 TD 2 INT, 101 carries for 731 yards, 10 TDs, 3-1 record
Braxton Miller's last 4 games: 35-82 (42.7%), 544 yards, 7 TD 2 INT, 66 carries for 623 yards, 8 TDs, 3-1 record
- 2013 - Winston: Best Player on Best Team (BPBT)
- 2012 - Manziel: Exciting Dual Threat QB (EDTQB)
- 2011 - Robert Griffin III: EDTQB
- 2010 - Cam Newton: BPBT/EDTQB
- 2009 - Mark Ingram: BPBT
- 2008 - Sam Bradford: BPBT/STATS
- 2007 - Tim Tebow: BPBT/EDTQB
- 2006 - Troy Smith: BPBT
- 2005 - Reggie Bush: BPBT/STATS
- 2004 - Matt Leinart: BPBT