Oregon's Marcus Mariota warms up for the Valero (Credit: AP / Eric Gay)

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 10 possible candidates for the 2014 Heisman Trophy heading into the year.

MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, Oregon, Jr.

Marcus Mariota?s season stats: 14-20, 267 yards, 3
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Marcus Mariota’s season stats: 14-20, 267 yards, 3 TD; 6 carries, 43 yards, 1 TD
It was just a tune-up game against South Dakota, and Mariota only played one half of action, but he looked sharp in the Ducks 62-13 win Saturday night. The junior threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns -- including a 62-yarder and a 41-yarder -- and ran for 43 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Even if it was against sub-par competition, Mariota looks like he hasn’t lost a step from last season.

JAMEIS WINSTON, QB, Florida State, Soph.

Jameis Winston?s season stats: 25-40, 370, 1 TD,
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Jameis Winston’s season stats: 25-40, 370, 1 TD, 2 INT; 5 carries, 9 yards, 1 TD
Winston had an up-and-down start to his Heisman defense on Saturday night against Oklahoma State. “Famous Jameis” completed 25 of 40 passes for 370 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions – not quite on par with the passing stats he posted last year. However, he did have a 28-yard highlight-reel touchdown run in the third quarter that showed off his elusiveness

BRYCE PETTY, QB, Baylor, Sr.

Bryce Petty?s season stats: 13-23, 161 yards, 2
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Bryce Petty’s season stats: 13-23, 161 yards, 2 TD; 2 carries, 21 yards, 1 TD
Petty didn’t put up eye-popping stats in Baylor’s 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday. He threw for 161 yards and two scores with a 56.5 completion percentage and also ran for a score. But the senior injured his back on the Bears’ first drive and sat out the second half as a precaution. Petty says he expects to play in the team’s next game, but the injury is still worth monitoring.

BRETT HUNDLEY, QB, UCLA, Jr.

Brett Hundley?s season stats: 20-33, 242 yards; 15
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Brett Hundley’s season stats: 20-33, 242 yards; 15 carries, 39 yards, 1 TD
Hundley had a decent game against Virginia. He had a nice six-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the Bruins’ 28-20 win, but he didn’t throw for a touchdown. Hundley’s offensive line didn’t do him many favors – the junior signal-caller threw in the face of pressure all game long.

NICK MARSHALL, Auburn

Senior quarterback Nick Marshall led the Tigers? shocking
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Senior quarterback Nick Marshall led the Tigers’ shocking turnaround to reach the BCS title game last season, but he must carry a bigger load now that running back Tre Mason has moved on. A second SEC title puts him in race. Marshall totaled 26 touchdowns (14 passing, 12 rushing) last season for Auburn.

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TYLER LOCKETT, Kansas State

For sheer excitement, Kansas State's Tyler Lockett is
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For sheer excitement, Kansas State's Tyler Lockett is a highlight delight after catching 81 passes for 1,262 yards and 11 TDs last season and with 31.1-yard career kickoff return average for four touchdowns.

T.J. YELDON, RB, Alabama, Jr.

T.J. Yeldon?s season stats: 23 carries, 126 yards,
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T.J. Yeldon’s season stats: 23 carries, 126 yards, 2 TD
Yeldon led the way for No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, rushing for 126 yards and two scores in the Crimson Tide’s 33-23 win over West Virginia. However, Derrick Henry also had 113 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries for Alabama, so it’ll be tougher for Yeldon to move up the list because of the timeshare.

MELVIN GORDON, Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon?s season stats: 16 carries, 140 yards,
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Melvin Gordon’s season stats: 16 carries, 140 yards, 1 TD
No. 14 Wisconsin lost a 28-24 heartbreaker to No. 13 LSU on Saturday night, but it was through no fault of Gordon’s. The junior rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, most of which came in the first half. Despite the Badgers’ loss, he remains a contender in a strong crop of running backs.

TODD GURLEY, RB, Georgia, Jr.

Todd Gurley?s season stats: 15 carries, 198 yards,
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Todd Gurley’s season stats: 15 carries, 198 yards, 3 TD
Gurley exploded against No. 15 Clemson on Saturday. The junior rushed for 198 yards and three scores and adding another touchdown on electrifying 100-yard kickoff return -- a return that many are already calling Gurley’s “Heisman moment”.

EVERETT GOLSON, QB, Notre Dame, Sr.

Everett Golson?s season stats: 14-22, 295 yards, 2
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Everett Golson’s season stats: 14-22, 295 yards, 2 TD; 12 carries, 41 yards, 3 TD
Golson sat out the entire 2013 season because of an academic-related suspension, so it would have ben understandable if he was rusty in Notre Dame’s season opener against Rice. Instead, the senior tore it up, accounting for five total touchdowns in the Irish’s 48-17 win.

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