The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 10, 2013

NIU's Lynch 1 of 6 finalists for Heisman

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — NEW YORK — Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony — though he’s not expected to have much competition.

The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Auburn’s Tre Mason and Boston College’s Andre Williams.

Six finalists invited to New York for the presentation are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday night.

Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed.

He could also become the second freshman to win the award. Manziel was the first just last year. Famous Jameis, like Johnny Football last season, is a redshirt freshman.

While Winston was a lock to be invited, the rest of the field was muddled.