Updated: December 8th
By: Brian Johannes
1. Jameis Winston - QB Florida State
Winston would be my hands down choice to win the award. Since making his first start against Pittsburgh this season he's been nothing short of dynamic. He's led the Seminoles to huge blowouts in each game this season and now has them in the National Title Game. He's come up huge in the biggest games and looks nothing at all like a freshman. The only reason he won't take 100% of first place votes if there is some semblance of anger for the sexual assault charge from voters
|2. Andre Williams - RB Boston College
Season Stats: 2,102 yards rushing 17 TDs. (7-5 record)
Despite getting injured in the final game of the season, Williams was still able to lead the nation in rushing and get over 2,000 yards on the season. He did that while also facing off against a top 50 defensive schedule. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and 175 yards per game, to go along with 17 touchdowns. It was truly a remarkable season, especially so when you consider he did it at Boston College. He's not getting a lot of love because of where he plays, but he's certainly one of the nation's best players.
|3. A.J McCarron - QB Alabama
Season Stats: 2,676 yards passing 26 TDs 5 INTs. (11-1 record)
The fact that AJ McCarron gets no love is criminal. He gets labeled as being a game manager, but he's been so much more. Even in their loss against Auburn, McCarron was stellar, his 99 yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper gave the lead and another drive gave them a shot at a game winning field goal. McCarron has a big time arm and when called to do so, he makes plays. He's a proven winner and deserves this credit. McCarron will steal many second and third place votes when you factor in the "Lifetime Achievement" nod he'll get from some voters.
|4. Tre Mason - RB Auburn
Season Stats: 1,621 yards rushing 22 TDs. (12-1 record)
If it wasn't for a slow three week start to the season, Tre Mason's name would be right up there with Jameis Winston's. It's hard to put your finger on just what it is that makes Tre Mason so great, he just is. Arguably the most well rounded running back in the nation, Mason's combo of shiftiness and tough running made him a rock game in and game out for his team. He never wore down, and actually seemed to get stronger as games and the season wore on. His 304 yard four TD performance in the SEC Championship Game was certainly a Heisman moment.
|5. Nick Marshall - QB Auburn
Season Stats: 1,759 yards passing 12 TDs 5 INTs. 1,023 yards rushing 11 TDs. (12-1 record)
Just think a couple of years ago Marshall was playing safety at Georgia, and now he is a quarterback trying to help his team win a National Title. Marshall's dynamic running ability and sharp decision making as a passer help make him and the Tigers offense borderline impossible to prepare for. They are run based and defenses have loaded up the box to try and stop him, but Marshall's skill has allowed him to still rush and throw for over 1,000 each.