This is an article from the Aug. 18, 2014 issue
NAME RECOGNITION, EYE-POPPING NUMBERS AND MAJOR EXPOSURE—THESE ARE THE IDEAL INGREDIENTS
Oregon, RS junior
3,665 pass yds., 31 TDs; 715 rush yds., 9 TDs
The catalyst of a rapid-fire offense will surely contend for the trophy if the Ducks handle their business in the Pac-12.
UCLA, RS junior
3,071 pass yds., 24 TDs; 748 rush yds., 11 TDs
Hundley is well-practiced, entering his third season as a starter, and he has plenty of big-time matchups (Texas, Oregon, Stanford) on the schedule.
989 rush yds., 10 TDs; 441 receiving yds., 6 TDs*
He might've joined the 2013 finalists in NYC if not for a September ankle sprain. With the Dawgs breaking in a new QB, this is Gurley's time to shine.
Ohio State, senior
2,094 pass yds., 24 TDs; 1,068 rush yds., 12 TDs*
The two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year has 26 wins as a starter and could break the school record of 36. He just needs to stay healthy.
Fla. State, RS sophomore
4,057 pass yds., 40 TDs; 219 rush yds., 4 TDs
Ohio State RB Archie Griffin is the only owner of Heisman bookends (1974 and '75), but with a loaded squad and a soft schedule, Winston could join him.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
THEY GOT THEIR FEET IN THE DOOR LAST SEASON. NOW THEY'RE POISED TO BUST IT OPEN
Baylor, RS senior
71 receptions, 1,339 yds., 13 TDs
Having played 37 career games already, he should again be QB Bryce Petty's top target in an offense that ranked No. 1 in the FBS last year.
1,690 rush yds., 9 TDs; 232 receiving yds., 2 TDs
The 5'9", 195-pound tailback hit the 100-yard mark 11 times last season, and his rushing total was the highest for a Cornhusker in 16 seasons.
Oklahoma, RS sophomore
819 pass yds., 9 TDs; 445 rush yds., 2 TDs*
His stock skyrocketed with a win over Alabama in last year's Sugar Bowl. If the Sooners contend in the Big 12, it will be because this dual threat had a big year.
1,976 pass yds., 14 TDs; 1,068 rush yds., 12 TDs*
The first-year starter blew through SEC D's with his feet in 2013. The Tigers want him to throw more in '14, which could make him a Trophy-worthy talent.
Michigan State, RS senior
1,422 rush yds., 18 TDs; 157 receiving yds., 1 TD
The 6'1" 208-pounder ran for 100 yards in a school-record eight straight games last year, so you can bet he'll be showcased in Sparty's attack this fall.
DON'T BE SHOCKED IF—WITH THE RIGHT STATS AND STREAKS—THESE GUYS SNEAK INTO THE CONVERSATION
Mississippi State, RS junior
1,940 pass yds., 10 TDs; 829 rush yds., 13 TDs*
Prescott started only seven games last year, but the fleet-footed runner returns with a veteran supporting cast in Starkville.
1,792 rushing yds., 16 TDs; 745 receiving yds., 6 TDs‚Ä†
The hype surrounding this 19-year-old is palpable in Baton Rouge. The 6'1", 225-pound back could be the next freshman to hoist the Heisman.
45 receptions for 736 yds., 4 TDs*
While the Tide's ground game gets most of the attention, Cooper will be the most lethal edge weapon in new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's game plans.
Missouri, RS sophomore
1,071 pass yds., 11 TDs; 229 rush yds., 1 TD*
He came on late in 2013 and looked like a seasoned vet during a surprise run to the Cotton Bowl. He's one of the few SEC passers with experience.
267 rush yds., 7 TDs; 76 tackles, 7 TFLs, 2 INTs
Only one defensive player (Charles Woodson, 1997) has won the Heisman, but this double threat has a shot if the Bruins take the Pac-12.
*Did not play full 2013 season
‚Ä†High school stats