Heisman Trophy 2013: Complete List of Finalists Announced

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 9, 2013

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It's going to be a crowded flight to New York. 

According to ESPN's College GameDay Twitter feed, six college football stars have been named finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be given out on Saturday, Dec. 14:

As Brandon Marcello of AL.com pointed out, this marks the first time since 1994 that this many finalists have been chosen:

Leading the way as the majority favorite is undoubtedly Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who has completed 67.9 percent of his throws for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leads the country with a 190.1 passer rating and guided the 'Noles to a 13-0 record and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.     

It took 77 years for a freshman to finally win the Heisman, but Winston has a great chance to make it back-to-back occasions. 

He would, of course, follow in the footsteps of Johnny Manziel, who won the award last year and has put together a pretty impressive encore, tallying 4,418 total yards (3,732 passing, 686 rushing), 41 total touchdowns and 13 interceptions. 

Jordan Lynch and AJ McCarron round out the quarterback candidates. 

Northern Illinois' Lynch has "only" 2,676 yards and 23 scores through the air, but as one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in America, he has posted another 1,881 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing. 

He was beginning to gain serious steam, but a loss in the MAC championship hurt his stock. 

For McCarron, who has enjoyed such a productive collegiate career, this is a bit of a "lifetime-achievement" honor, although 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns, just five interceptions and an 11-1 record is quite impressive. 

Auburn running back Tre Mason, who will face Winston in the national championship game, carved out 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns, and was especially big in the crucial games, combining for 468 on the ground against Alabama and Missouri.   

Finally, we have Andre Williams, who has flown somewhat under the radar at Boston College but deserves to be considered for this honor after leading the country in carries (329) and rushing yards (2,102). 

In all reality, this is Winston's award to lose. But the fact that legitimate cases can be made for and against all six finalists suggests the vote could be much closer than many expect.