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The Heisman Trust announced six finalists for the Hesiman trophy Monday. Jameis Winston, AJ McCarron, Andre Williams, Tre Mason, Johnny Manziel and Jordan Lynch have been invited to attend this year's ceremonies in New York City.
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was left off the list in invitees.
It’s the first time since 1994 — and only the second time in Heisman history — that six finalists have been named to attend the Heisman ceremony, which takes place this year on Saturday, Dec. 14.
FSU QB Winston has a chance to become the Seminoles third Heisman winner overall and first since 2000. The redshirt freshman threw for 3,820 passing yards, 38 TDs, 10 INTs., 67.9%, 190.05 passer rating, 190 rush yards, 4 TDs on the ground. He finished with 4,010 total yards, leading the Seminoles to a 13-0 record and a No. 1 ranking in the BCS.
AJ McCarron is the third Heisman finalist from Alabama in the last five years. The Crimson Tide QB threw for 2,676 passing yards, 26 TDs, 5 INTs, 67.6%, 165.88 passer rating, 21 rush yards.
Williams is the first Boston College finalist since Doug Flutie in 1984. Williams completed this season with 2,102 rushing yards, 6.4 yards per carry, 17 touchdowns, 175.2 rushing yards per game.
Mason is Auburn’s second finalist since 2010.
Manziel is a finalist for the second-straight year, throwing for 3,732 passing yards, 33 TDs, 13 INTs, 69.1%, 170.43 passer rating. He also rushed for 686 rush yards, 8 TDs, and 4,418 total yards. The Aggies finished 8-4.
Lynch is the first finalist from Northern Illinois. The Huskies QB threw for 2,676 passing yards, 23 TDs, 7 INTs, 63.1%, 140.84 rating, 1,881 rush yards, 22 TDs and 4,557 total yards Lynch and the Huskies finished 12-1 but lost their chance at a BCS at-large berth, losing to Bowling Green State 47-27 in the Mid-American Conference.
Marcus Mariota, who was not invited, passed for 3,412 passing yards, 30 TDs and 4 INTs. He also rushed for 582 rush yards and 9 TDs. The Ducks finished 10-2 and earned an invitation to the Alamo Bowl to face the Texas Longhorns on December 30th.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win this year’s trophy, with the battle for who will finish second the more intriguing battle.
HeismanPundit Straw Poll has Lynch on the inside track to take home second place.
The 79th winner of the Heisman trophy will be named on Saturday, Dec. 14. during a ceremony at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square.