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
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
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.
2014 Heisman Candidates
FSU's Jameis Winston faces the task of helping the Seminoles to defend
their national championship and his Heisman Trophy.
Fellowship of
Christian Athletes
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
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
Heisman Winners in
the NFL Draft
Discover the draft history
of players that won
college football's top
Heisman Winners
on National
Championship Teams
Discover which players
played like a champion for
that year's national
2011 Heisman Voting
Take a look back the 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!
Preseason 2014 - Top Heisman Trophy Candidates
2013 Heisman Voting
The Heisman appeared
to be headed towards
Kansas State's Collin
Klein before Johnny
"Football" Gigged them!
College Football
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M. Mariota - Oregon
A knee injury towards the end
of the 2013 season derailed
Mariota's Heisman hopes,
but the Ducks QB should
return to peak form in 2014
Jameis Winston returns as the 2014 favorite
Winston finishes first in the Heisman voting that also included finalists Jorday Lynch, Johnny
Manziel, Tre Mason, AJ McCarron, and Andre Williams.
Repeating Is No Easy Task
Although Winston enters the 2014 campaign with the
momentum of a Heisman winning season that culminated
with a thrilling BCS Championship Game win over Auburn,
the FSU signal-caller faces long odds in trying to repeat as
the winner of college football's top individual award.
Only once has a Heisman Trophy award winner returned to
successfully defend his trophy.  That accomplishment dates
back to 1975 when Ohio State became the only 2nd-time
winner of the bronze trophy.
Jameis Winston
Florida State QB
While leading FSU to a national title as a freshman, Winston threw for 3820
yards as the Seminoles marched to an undefeated season.  Winston
tossed 38 TD pass vs 10 interceptions.  Winston ranked first nationally in
passing efficiency with a 190.8 rating and was second nationally in
passing touchdowns.
Marcus Mariota
Oregon QB
Last year, Mariota became the first Oregon quarterback to top 4,000 yards
of total offense (4,380) while accounting for 40 total touchdowns and just
four interceptions.  After leading the Ducks to an 8-0 start, the Oregon QB
was the nation's top Heisman candidate.  However, Mariota was slowed  
by a knee injury and Oregon lost two late season games.
Braxton Miller
Ohio State QB
Braxton led a resurgent Buckeyes team by passing for 2,094 passing
yards, 24 passing TDs, 7 interceptions, 1,068 rushing yards, 12 rushing
TDs.  As a dominating dual-threat QB, Miller delivers the type of stats that
have been well received by Heisman voters in recent years.  Miller's
performance has shown steady improvement since his 2011 freshman
season.  Miller's QB rating has climbed from a 138.4 in 2011 to a 140.5 in
2012 before jumping to 158.1 last season.