A&M quarterback Manziel one of six finalists for Heisman Trophy
The 2013 Heisman Trophy finalists were announced on Monday and East Texas native Johnny Manziel was one of six players up for the award.
According to SI.com, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Boston College running back Andre Williams and Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch were named the finalists. The presentation will take place in New York City on Saturday night.
Manziel, who won the award in 2012, threw for 3,536 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, while completing 69 percent of his passes this season.
Winston, the frontrunner for the award, will attempt to become the second straight freshman to win the award. He was also named the ACC player of the year.
Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1) to within a victory of a BCS bid and has set the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback this season with 1,815. He also tweeted that he was a finalist about five minutes before the official announcement was made on ESPN by former winner Danny Wuerffel.
"NYC here I come!! Thanks to the coaches teammates and media relation couldn't of did it wt out them!" the record-setting senior posted.
McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide (11-1).
Mason has made a late push into the Heisman conversation as No. 2 Auburn reached the BCS title game. He ran for 304 yards and four TDs in the SEC championship game, and is ninth in the country in rushing (124 ypg) with 22 touchdowns
Williams is the nation's leading rusher at 175 yards per game, the 16th player in FBS to run for 2,000 yards in a season and the first since 2008.
This is the first time since 1994 that there are six finalists for the award.
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