Heisman Trophy Recipe For Success
What  are the ingredients Heisman voters look for?
BCS AQ Conference: Not since Ty Demeter won the Heisman at BYU in 1990 has a Heisman Trophy winner come from a school that's
not currently in a BCS conference.  BCS conference schools gain the weekly spotlight by dominating the TV networks and the highlight
shows.  
The Right Position: The last two decades have only produced three Heisman winners that weren't positioned as a QB or RB.  Tim Brown
1987, Desmond Howard 1991 and Charles Woodson 1997 broke the mold.  Now with each "passing" year, it has become an award
taken home by quarterbacks.  Since the year 2000, a QB has won the award every year but twice.
Breathtaking Stats:  Despite Tim Tebow being a sophomore in 2007, Heisman voters could not deny the 59 Td's he accounted for
including an SEC record 22 rushing Td's.  Not even Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson put up those kind of numbers.  When QB Cam
Newton rushed for 1,409 yards and 20 TD's in 2010, his bid for the award was not to be denied.
A National Title Contender: It's a trend that's gaining momentum as recent winners (Troy Smith, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart Jason White,
Mark Ingram and Cam Newton) had their teams positioned for a national title game appearance when the Heisman voting was
conducted in mid December.  In 2011, both LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama's Trent Richardson were both finalist and in the BCS
Championship Game.
Buzz and More Buzz:  Without the Hype going into the season, it's nearly impossible for a player to gain the voters attention:  With player
specific promotional websites and aggressive marketing campaigns launched by a Heisman candidates particular school, it's essential
to start the season with "Heisman Hype" to match "Heisman Talent!."
 
Defining Moment: Doug Flutie's Hail Mary pass against Miami was a defining moment his Heisman season.  2009 Heisman winner
Mark Ingram sealed the deal with a breakout performance against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
Quarterbacks that can run:  Tim Tebow won the Heisman as a sophomore because of his record-setting and stunning rushing stats.
Cam Newton 2010 and Robert Griffin III were dual threat QB's as well.
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2013 Heisman Trophy
FSU's Jameis Winston becomes the second freshman and the third
Seminole to win college football's top individual award.
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Top Heisman Schools
We explore which programs
have brought home the
most stiff-armed trophies
and big schools still
seeking their first one.
Colleges Seeking
Their First Heisman
Winner
Will this be the first year that
a Clemson player accepts
the bronzed trophy?
Braxton Miller - OSU
This Buckeye helped Urban
Myer post an undefeated
12-0 2012 season
Tajh Boyd - Clemson
The Tigers QB has lifted
Clemson to higher levels
and may deliver the school's
first Heisman Trophy to
Clemson
Jordan Lynch - NIU
This Huskie QB led the
nation in rushing while
leading Northern Illinois to
the Orange Bowl
Heisman Winners in
the NFL Draft
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of players that won
college football's top
award
Heisman Winners
on National
Championship Teams
Discover which players
played like a champion for
that year's national
champion.
2011 Heisman Voting
Results
Take a look back the
2011 Heisman Chase
that saw RG3 become
the first Baylor player to
win the award.
Breaking the
Heisman Jinx
These players refused to
bow down to the dreaded
jinx and won Super
Bowls, won major
awards and some even
made it to the Pro
Footballl Hall of Fame!
Johnny "Football" Manziel - Soph. QB - Texas A&M
Final 2012 Stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
295
434
3706
64.7
26
9
149.1
201
1410
7.0
21
Preseason Analysis

  • Manziel will enter the 2013 campaign as the clear Heisman Trophy following the swashbuckling
    success he enjoyed while electrifying the world of college football last season.  However, Manziel
    will be judged with much stricter standards in 2013 and there will be much less forgiveness for
    multi-interception games and losses.  The Aggies will enter 2013 as a top contender for a run at
    the BCS title game, so losses will not be conducive to a strong Heisman run.  
  • The Aggie's QB set a new SEC single-season total yards record with 4,600 regular season
    yards.  Topping those records may be quite a challenge with SEC defenses plotting throughout
    the offseason how to slow down Johnny Football.
Aaron Murray - Senior QB - Georgia
Final 2012 Stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
249
386
3893
66.7
36
10
174.8
59
-68
-1.2
3
Preseason Analysis:

  • After leading Georgia to within a few yards of an upset of Alabama in the 2012 SEC
    Championship Game, Murray returns for his senior season with the hopes of leading UGA to their
    first national title since 1980.  Since Murray is a dropback passer, he'll have to buck the trend of
    dual-threat QB's emerging as top Heisman favorites.  The UGA passer finished the 2012 season
    as the nation's No. 2 rated passer.
  • Assuming that Murray maintains his productivity, his position in the Heisman race will depend on
    how he performs in UGA's marquee games.   In Georgia's two 2012 losses, Murray threw only 1
    TD vs 2 Int's. The Dawgs open up the season at Clemson and then host South Carolina the next
    week.  Murray must also face a daunting LSU defense on Sept. 28 and the annual Cocktail clash
    against Florida is set for Nov. 2nd.  
Braxton Miller - Junior QB - Ohio State
Final 2012 Stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
148
254
2039
58.3
15
6
140.5
227
1271
5,6
13
Preseason Analysis

  • After leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated 12-0 record, Braxton Miller is poised to add to Ohio
    State's tremendous Heisman legacy.  Had Urban Myer's squad not been mired in probation,
    Miller likely would have received much more Heisman attention last season.  Miller finished 5th in
    the voting for the stiff-armed trophy.
  • To lead the 2013 Heisman Trophy chase, Miller will need to keep running at a blistering pace
    while also making additional strides in the passing department.  After throwing 7 TD passes in
    the Buckeyes first three games, Miller was limited to just 8 passing scores in his last nine games.
Jordan Lynch - Senior QB - Northern Illinois
Final 2012 Stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
237
394
3138
60.2
25
6
144.9
294
1815
6.2
19
Preseason Analysis

  • After leading the Huskies to the Orange Bowl after posting a 12-1 regular season and MAC
    championship, Lynch returns for his senior season.  As a QB, Lynch amassed tremendous
    rushing totals with more than 1800 yards on the ground.  Heisman voters love dual threat
    quarterbacks and the Northern Illinois fits that description to a tee.  In 2012, Lynch finished 7th in
    the Heisman voting.
  • Concerns for Lynch's Heisman candidacy fall on the fact that he plays for a non-BCS conference.  
    Critics say that he doesn't face the same level of competition as the big boys.  Lynch being shut
    down in the 31-10 loss to FSU in the Orange Bowl, only further fuels that argument.
  • What Lynch must do. To be a legitimate threat in the 2013 Heisman race, it's imperative that he
    lead the Huskies to victories at Iowa on Aug 31 and at Purdue on Sept.  28.  If he can accomplish
    those goals and take care of business in the MAC, another season of amazing stats may just
    give Lynch a Heisman push.
Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
Back to back Heisman
Trophies is something that
Manziel will be scrambling for.
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AJ McCarron - Senior QB - Alabama
Final 2012 Stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
211
314
2933
71.4
30
3
175.3
49
4
0.1
1
Preseason Analysis

  • After leading Alabama to back-to-back BCS Championships, McCarron will likely made a big
    impression on the Heisman candidate radar screen in 2013.  The Tide QB was prolific all
    season (led nation in passing efficiency), but was at his best when Alabama routed Notre Dame
    in the championship game.  McCarron is seeking to become the first Crimson Tide QB to win
    college football's top individual award.  That's saying a lot, considering the program has
    produced legends such as Bart Starr, Ken Stabler and Joe Namath.
  • To gain the edge in the Heisman chase, McCarron will need to keep Alabama at the top of
    college football's rankings while competing in the toughest conference.  Out dueling Texas A&M
    and Johnny Football will be essential and that matchup is set for Sept. 14.  A Nov. 9 clash against
    LSU and the Nov. 30 Iron Bowl against Auburn will be essential as well.
Tajh Boyd - Senior QB - Clemson
Final 2012 Stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
287
427
3896
67.2
36
13
144.9
186
514
2.8
10
Preseason Analysis

  • In the last two seasons, Tajh Boyd has passed for an incredible 69 TD's and in 2012 led the
    Tigers to an 11-win season.  He also finished 4th nationally in passing efficiency last season, but
    was never listed as a serious Heisman candidate.
  • While not a premium runner, Boyd also poses as a dual-threat QB and surpassed the century
    mark in rushing (103 yards) in a win over NC State.  Ultimately Boyd will need to help Clemson
    take it to the next level to help the program land its first Heisman winner.  Clemson opens the
    season with an Aug. 31 game against Georgia and later plays FSU and South Carolina.  
Ka'Deem Carey - Junior RB - Arizona
Final 2012 Stats
ATT
Rush
Yards
AVG
TD
REC
YDS
AVG
TD
303
1929
6.4
23
36
303
8.4
1
Preseason Analysis

  • Carey led the nation in rushing with and also excelled as a receiver out of the backfield.  Despite
    his success, the Wildcats lost five games and for Carey to run towards the Heisman, Arizona will
    need to improve its record dramatically. Offseason personal issues that has seen Carey
    arrested does not set a strong Heisman tone as well.
Jadeveon Clowney - Junior
DE - South Carolina
Defensive players are making a strong Heisman
charge and this Gamecocks DE is a dominating
force that will likely garner much attention in 2013
2012 Heisman Voting
Results
The Heisman appeared
to be headed towards
Kansas State's Collin
Klein before Johnny
"Football" Gigged them!
Marqise Lee - Junior WR - USC
Final 2012 Stats
REC
Rec
Yards
AVG
TD
Rush
YDS
AVG
TD
118
1712
14.6
14
13
106
8.2
0
Preseason Analysis

  • Lee was a tremendous force for USC throughout the 2012 campaign.  The 6-1. 195-pound wide
    receiver had double digit receptions in 7 of his 13 games and surpassed the 100-yard total 8
    times and surpassed 150 yards receiving 6 times.  The USC WR was a one-man wrecking crew
    against the Arizona defense by snagging 16 receptions for 345 yards and two TD's.  Lee ranked
    1st nationally in receptions and 2nd nationally in receiving yards
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Teddy Bridgewater - Junior QB - Louisville
Final 2012 Stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
287
419
3718
68.5
27
8
160.5
74
26
0.4
0
Preseason Analysis

  • Bridgewater guided Louisville to an 11-win season that included a 33-23 Sugar Bowl win over
    Florida.  The Louisville passer finished 7th nationally in 2012 with a 160.5 QB rating.
  • To emerge as a top candidate, Bridgewaterr will need to engineer a perfectt season for U of L
    and do it in dominating fashion.  Louisville's schedule does not provide any marquee
    opportunities to shine on a national spotlight.  Another factor that may slow Bridgewater is his
    lack of being a running threat compared to others in the Heisman chase..
Marcus Mariota - Sophomore QB - Oregon
Final 2012 Stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
230
336
2677
58.3
32
6
163.2
106
752
7.1
5
Preseason Analysis

  • As a freshman Mariota guided Oregon to a 12-win season that included a Fiesta Bowl win over
    Kansas State.  Only an OT loss to Stanford prevented a perfect season.  Mariota ranked 6th
    nationally in passing efficiency and had an incredible TD/Int ratio.
  • To lead the 2013 Heisman candidate race, Mariota will need to shine brightly in key games
    against USC and Stanford..  Mariota possesses the blend of passing and rushing skills that
    Heisman voters look for and just might bring home Oregon's first stiff-armed thophy.
M. Mariota - Oregon
As a freshman this
dual-threat QB led the Ducks
to a near perfect regular
season & Fiesta Bowl win.
Jameis Winston wins the 2013 Heisman
Winston finishes first in the Heisman voting that also included finalists Jorday Lynch, Johnny
Manziel, Tre Mason, AJ McCarron, and Andre Williams.
Winston led the undefeated
Noles
As a redshirt freshman Winston
generated tremendous poise and stats
while guiding FSU to a 13-0 mark
Jameis Winston - Fresh. QB - Florida State
Stats through Dec. 7
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
237
349
3820
67.9
38
10
190.8
77
193
2.5
4
Dec 1 Idle:
Season Highlights:
  • Threw for 325 yards or more in 7 of 13 games.
  • Tossed 3 or more TD's in 8 of 13 games.
  • Led FSU to an undefeated season including convincing wins over Clemson, Miami and Florda.
  • Ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency with a 190.8 rating.
  • Ranked 2nd nationally in the nation with 38 passing Touchdowns.
Voting Results
Results 1. Winston (2,205), 2. AJ
McCarron (704), 3. Jordan Lynch (558),
4. Andre Williams (470), 5. Johnny
Manziel (421), 6. Tre Mason (404)