1. Jameis Winston– He had a stellar year in 2013 and he has all the tools to repeat and win the Heisman trophy yet again. He’s great in the pocket, he’s mobile and can escape pressure from any angle, he can throw the football from the pocket, he can make a throw on the run and he’s a great leader. This team will go as far as “Famous Jameis” will take them. He became the second consecutive red shirt freshman to win the award. This season, he will attempt to become the first player since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin to repeat as the Heisman trophy winner. Don’t be surprised if he throws 35-40 touchdown passes yet again for the second straight season.
2. Marcus Mariota– He’s expected to be a top ten draft pick in next Spring’s NFL Draft. Marcus was a candidate for the Heisman before his season started to spiral down the stretch. He’s also had some issues staying healthy. He’s a threat with his feet in that fast paced offense in Oregon but the one thing he needs to improve on is his consistency as a passer. Last season, he completed 50 percent or fewer of his passer and this is something he will need to simply improve on before taking his game to the next level in the NFL. He is still a great fit and key piece for that high-flying offense. The chances of him winning the award will depend on how many games the Ducks win.
3. Braxton Miller– He started slowly last season and then picked up when it mattered which was the second part of the season. The Buckeyes ran the spread offense and he had trouble adjusting to that but once the second half of the season hit, he looked very comfortable in that spread offense under Urban. Just like Marcus Mariota, Braxton must become more of a consistent passer. You can only use your legs so much in the game of football and teams will try to take away that part of your game and make you prove yourself as a passer. If Braxton can put together a season of 2,500 passing yards, 1,000 rushing yards and 30-35 combined touchdowns, that will easily get him an invite to New York City.
4. Todd Gurley– He has a very strong chance to establish himself as the premiere running back in the country. Todd brings so much to the table as a running back. He’s extremely athletic and can run in between the tackles as a punishing runner and can use his athleticism to bounce around on the outside as well. He also gives that Bulldogs offense a balanced attack because he’s able to catch the ball out the backfield and make plays in the open field. The key for Todd this year will be to remain on the field and stay healthy. With Aaron Murray now in the NFL, look for Georgia to rely very heavily on Todd Gurley.
5. Bryce Petty– Last season when we discussed quarterbacks in the country, Jameis Winston’s name came up, Johnny Manziel of course came up but what about Bryce Petty who was the anchor of a video game like offense at Baylor last season? He can definitely win this award with the weapons he has around him. He’s a strong armed quarterback with fantastic pocket awareness, he spreads the football around to everyone meaning that if you are open down the field, Bryce will get you the ball. If he can improve his completion percentage to at least 65 percent, there’s a strong possibility that he can throw for over 4,000 yards.