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Heisman Watch: Jameis Winston, Tajh Boyd Face Off In Death Valley

Jeremy Shapiro |
October 17, 2013 | 4:49 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

Famous Jameis is making a name for himself in Tallahassee, as a freshman no less. (Wikimedia Commons)
Famous Jameis is making a name for himself in Tallahassee, as a freshman no less. (Wikimedia Commons)
With the college football season rounding second base, let's take a look at some of the premiere players who are positioning themselves for Heisman Trophy contention.

Jameis Winston (Florida State): Famous Jameis burst onto the scene in his first game as a freshman and hasn’t looked back since. The dual-threat quarterback has composure rarely seen in young quarterbacks. With a colossal matchup on tap this weekend against Clemson, don’t be surprised if Winston cements his spot in Radio City Music Hall with another dazzling performance.

Tajh Boyd (Clemson): The smooth senior has not missed a beat this season as he continues to cement his legacy for the third ranked Clemson Tigers who sit comfortably atop the ACC. His efficient play that has led to a 15:2 touchdown to interception ratio will be scrutinized by the entire nation in a matchup against Florida State that has monumental Heisman and BCS implications.

Brett Hundley (UCLA): The strong-armed sophomore has quietly gone about his business this season, leading the undefeated Bruins to their first top 10 ranking since 2005. With marquee matchups against Stanford and Oregon approaching in back to back weeks, Hundley will leave the college football world buzzing if he pulls the upsets.

Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M): Doubters only add fuel to Johnny Football’s fire. His charisma and exceptional improvisational skills when the play breaks down are captivating. After last week’s clutch come-from-behind win against Ole Miss, he continues to prove why he is the most exciting player in college football. With a couple of primetime matchups towards the latter of the season, he has as good of a chance as any to defend his title as college football’s premiere player.

Marcus Mariota (Oregon): The conductor of Oregon’s unstoppable offense has looked flawless this season, shredding defenses however he pleases. His video game numbers that yet to include an interception have the nation’s attention, and if he continues his torrid pace against UCLA and Stanford, there will be no surprise who holds the Heisman Trophy come December.


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