The 2012 Heisman Trophy race played out in a way that no one could have predicted. A freshman (Johnny Manziel) claimed the trophy for the first time in its 77-year existence, a defensive player (Manti Te'o) notched a historic runner-up finish and several frontrunners (Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, Collin Klein) stumbled out of contention along the way. It was certainly a year to remember.
Still, despite this season's unpredictability, Heisman forecasts must continue. Who might we expect to see in New York when next year draws to a close? Here's a way-too-early look at 10 players, listed alphabetically, to keep an eye on in 2013.
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
WR Marqise Lee, USC
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
QB AJ McCarron, Alabama
QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama