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Oregon's Marcus Mariota warms up for the Valero Alamo Bowl against Texas in San Antonio on Dec. 30, 2013.

Heisman Trophy Watch 2014

A preseason look at 12 possible candidates for the 2014 Heisman Trophy heading into the year.

11. VIC BEASLEY

Vic Beasley is a senior defensive end for
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Vic Beasley is a senior defensive end for Clemson.

10. TYLER LOCKETT

Tyler Lockett is a senior wide receiver at
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Tyler Lockett is a senior wide receiver at Kansas State. He caught 81 passes for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

9. AMEER ABDULLAH

Ameer Abdullah ran for 1,690 yards as a
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Ameer Abdullah ran for 1,690 yards as a junior last season for Nebraska. He scored nine touchdowns on the ground and had another two receiving scores.

8. MELVIN GORDON

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon ran for 1,609 yards and
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Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon ran for 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore last season.

7. T.J. YELDON

Alabama junior running back T.J. Yeldon ran for
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Alabama junior running back T.J. Yeldon ran for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

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6. BRETT HUNDLEY

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown for more
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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown for more than 3,000 yards each of the past two seasons. He totaled 53 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns over those two seasons.

5. NICK MARSHALL

Quarterback Nick Marshall totaled 26 touchdowns (14 passing,
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Quarterback Nick Marshall totaled 26 touchdowns (14 passing, 12 rushing) in guiding Auburn to the BCS national championship game as a junior.

4. TODD GURLEY

Georgia junior running back Todd Gurley totaled 33
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Georgia junior running back Todd Gurley totaled 33 touchdowns (rushing and receiving) in his first two seasons with the Bulldogs.

3. BRYCE PETTY

As a junior, in his first year starting,
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As a junior, in his first year starting, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty threw for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns.

2. MARCUS MARIOTA

Quarterback Marcus Mariota returns to Oregon after throwing
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Quarterback Marcus Mariota returns to Oregon after throwing for 3,655 yards and 31 touchdowns last season. In two season, Mariota has totaled 63 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing touchdowns.

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1. JAMEIS WINSTON

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston became the second
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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston became the second redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He also led the Seminoles to their first national championship since 1999.

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