NCAA Football: 10 early 2014 Heisman Trophy favorites

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Dec 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A detailed view of the trophy awarded to Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston after being awarded the 2013 Heisman Trophy at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Every preseason watch list for the NCAA Football end-of-year awards has been released, but there’s one watch list that starts practically from the end of the season and goes through until the award is presented again – the Heisman Trophy.

The Heisman is presented each season to the best college football player in the nation. There are no limitations as to who can win the Heisman, it could even be a kicker…well, theoretically.

Players are not limited to winning the Heisman Trophy only once (Ohio State’s Archie Griffin stands as the only two-time winner, taking the Heisman in back-to-back seasons in 1974 and 1975), and there is no age limit, as witnessed by Chris Weinke in 2000.

Until 2012 and Johnny Manziel, the Heisman had never been awarded to a freshman. With Florida State’s Jameis Winston winning in 2013, it became two freshmen in a row.

It seems that every season a list of Heisman hopefuls emerges, and then goes through change after change, with names being added and dropped week after week as the season rolls along. It almost never occurs that you have a Heisman favorite that goes wire-to-wire and takes home the award.

At the risk of become part of the useless masses who provide their divination for all the world to rebuke and ridicule, I’ve looked over the prime candidates for this year’s Heisman trophy, and come up with a list of what I think are ten players you should watch all season (not just the final three weeks).

HONORABLE MENTION (Watch these guys to possibly sneak in if a favorite should falter): Trevor Knight, QB – Oklahoma, Duke Johnson, RB – Miami (Fl), Matt Johnson, QB – Bowling Green, Karlos Williams, RB – Florida State, Melvin Gordon, RB – Wisconsin, Taysom Hill, QB – BYU, Taylor Kelly, QB – Arizona State, Christian Hackenberg, QB – Penn State.

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