Five top preseason candidates for college football's most illustrious award.

  • Marshall QB Rakeem Cato: The best bet to crash the Heisman party from outside the Power Five leagues. But one loss, and he's doomed.

  • Oregon QB Marcus Mariota: History's against him: The Pac-12 hasn't produced a non-USC Heisman winner since Stanford's Jim Plunkett in 1970.

  • Baylor QB Bryce Petty: He'll have the stats, thanks to Baylor's high-speed, pass-happy offense. But will he have the big-game victories?

  • Florida State QB Jameis Winston: The last player to win back-to-back Heismans is the only player to win back-to-back Heismans: Ohio State tailback Archie Griffin, in 1974-75.

  • Alabama TB T.J. Yeldon: The only non-quarterback to win the award in the past eight years was a running back from Alabama (Mark Ingram).

  • Also considered: Nebraska TB Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin TB Melvin Gordon, Georgia TB Todd Gurley, UCLA QB Brett Hundley, Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight, Michigan State TB Jeremy Langford, Auburn QB Nick Marshall.



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