Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel among the six Heisman finalists

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates on stage after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston celebrates after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship. He is the favorite to win the Heisman trophy. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Six Heisman finalists were named Monday, the most since 1994.

Quarterback Jameis Winston, whose top-ranked Florida State will play in the BCS national championship game against Auburn, is the prohibitive favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday night in New York.

The other finalists joining Winston are Northern Illinois’s Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Auburn’s Tre Mason and Boston College’s Andre Williams.

In all, four quarterbacks and two running backs are in contention for the Heisman trophy.

Heisman finalists (listed in no particular order):

1.) QB Jameis Winston
School: Florida State University
Class: Redshirt freshman
Quick stats: Set NCAA freshman records for passing yards (3,820) and touchdown passes (38)
Notes: A sexual assault complaint against Winston was recently closed without the quarterback being charged. If he wins, he would be the second freshman to do so.

2.) QB Johnny Manziel
School: Texas A&M
Class: Sophomore
Quick stats: Passed for 3,732 yards with 33 touchdowns – both better numbers than his Heisman campaign last year
Notes: Manziel would become just the second player to win two Heisman trophies. Ohio State’s Archie Griffin won in 1974 and 1975.

3.) RB Tre Mason
School: Auburn
Class: Junior
Quick stats: Rushed for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns
Notes: Mason ran for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the SEC championship win over Missouri.

4.) QB AJ McCarron
School: Alabama
Class: Senior
Quick stats: Threw for 2,676 yards with 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions
Notes: McCarron led the Crimson Tide to consecutive national championships in the last two seasons.

5.) RB Andre Williams
School: Boston College
Class: Senior
Quick stats: Rushed for 2,102 yards with 17 touchdowns
Notes: Williams leads the nation in rushing with 2,102 yards – the 16th player in the FBS to run for 2,000 yards in a season and first since 2008.

6.) QB Jordan Lynch
School: Northern Illinois
Class: Redshirt senior
Quick stats: Threw for 2,676 yards with 23 touchdowns, while adding 1,881 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground
Notes: Lynch nearly led the Huskies to a BCS bid and has set the major college record for yards rushing for a quaterback this season.

Heisman Trophy Tales:

Ever wanted to know where Heisman winners keep their trophies?

Post sports reporter Kent Babb tracked down every Heisman trophy ever awarded (78) and tells the stories of each ones whereabouts in this interactive feature story.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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