eDraft's 2013 Preseason Heisman Trophy Watch List

By Chris Dougherty on Friday, July 5th 2013
eDraft's 2013 Preseason Heisman Trophy Watch List

One of the most enticing award races in all of sports, the Heisman Trophy watch list is one list that almost every college football fan looks for this time of year. The 2013 Heisman Trophy race is sure to be one of the greatest. With so many fine athletes in the running as we near opening weekend, the level of competition is going to be out of this world. The competition for the trophy this year is in fact so good, that the names you see here on the list today, may not be there at all come December. Let's take a look at just how close this year's Heisman race is.


eDraft's 2013 Preseason Heisman Trophy Watch List:


Braxton Miller (Jr.) - QB Ohio State -- Miller heads into 2013 after leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated season in 2012. Miller and Ohio State will surely compete for a National Championship in Urban Meyer's third year in Columbus. Now that the Buckeyes are bowl eligible after serving their two year ban for sanctions handed down by the NCAA, there's no doubt that Miller will be leading the charge.

2012 Stat line:

Passing: 2,039 yards 15 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

Rushing: 227 attempts 1,271 yards 13 touchdowns 5.6 YPC


Johnny Manziel (So.) - QB Texas A&M -- What better way to follow up a Heisman Trophy winning season, than to win it again the next season? Many have tried become the second collegiate athlete to win the famed trophy twice, but so far only Archie Griffin has won the Heisman Trophy a histroic two times. The odds are certainly against Manziel, who re-wrote the record books for SEC freshman in 2012, but they're not impossible. Will Manziel rise to the occasion much like he did in 2012? or will he yet again be another footnote in history on his quest for "number two"? 

2012 Stat line:

Passing:  3,706 yards 26 touchdowns 9 interceptions

Rushing: 201 attempts 1,409 yards 21 touchdowns 7.0 YPC


A.J. McCarron (Sr.) - QB Alabama -- One of the most productive quarterbacks in all of college football over the last few years, McCarron has one trophy left that he'd like to fill his already full case with; a Heisman Trophy. The only quarterback on this list with a National Championship victory (he has three altogether), McCarron finds himself right in the thick of it here in the 2013 Heisman Trophy race. Will he overcome being considered a product of the system? or will McCarron bow out for the better of the team, en route to yet another National Championship?

2012 Stat line:

Passing: 2,933 yards 30 touchdowns 3 interceptions 71.4 Completion %

(2013 National Champion)


Ka'Deem Carey (Jr.) - RB Arizona -- Carey ran for nearly 2,000 yards in only his Sophomore season with the Wildcats. Carey's increase in production from 2011 to 2012 was astronomical. Carey, in 2011, averaged 4.7 YPC. In 2012, Carey rose that number to 6.4, en route to his 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns. Carey is the first non-quarterback on our Top-5, and deservedly so. If Carey continues to be the workhorse we all expect him to be in 2013, and his body survives the heavy toll, there's no doubt in my mind he'll be in New York City come December. A few more game like the one he had vs. Colorado last season (25 carries, 366 yards and 5 touchdowns) will certainly help his case.

2012 Stat line:

Rushing: 303 attempts 1,929 yards 23 touchdowns 6.4 YPC

Receiving: 36 receptions 303 yards 1 touchdown


Jadeveon Clowney (Jr.) - DE South Carolina -- A lot of people I spoke with around the college football world were borderline embarrassed for the Heisman Trophy because Manti Te'o (Notre Dame) lost to Johnny Manziel. There's certainly reason to believe that if Manti Te'o couldn't win the Heisman with what he did in 2012, how can any defender win it? Well, that's why players like Jadeveon Clowney play the game. Clowney is hands down the best defensive player in all of college football. He's a sure lock to be a top-five pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and could even compete to be the first overall pick. Clowney is the best defensive player I've scouted, hands down. Is he worthy of a Heisman? 

2012 Stat Line:

Defensive: 54 total tackles 40 solo tackles 12.5 sacks


Best of the Rest:

Marcus Mariota QB Oregon

DeAnthony Thomas RB Oregon

Marqise Lee WR USC

T.J. Yeldon RB Alabama

Tahj Boyd QB Clemson

Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor

Dri Archer RB Kent State

Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

Aaron Murray QB Georgia

Todd Gurley RB Georgia

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