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FSU quarterback Winston is my pick for Heisman trophy

Nov 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Crunch time is here for college football fans who are paying attention to the annual Heisman Trophy award.

With less than a month left in the regular season the race for the Heisman is going to come down to the final weekend.

I believe right now there are three leading candidates fighting for the votes. All are quarterbacks, and all play for powerhouse programs: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.

I'm not a big fan at all of Manziel.

I felt he won the Heisman Trophy last year by default.

This year, Manziel showed early in the season he has an attitude on and off the field. His team didn't get into the victory column when all eyes were on the game against Alabama.

However, numbers don't lie for Manziel, and that is why he is still in the race. He's is coming off a 446-yard performance with five touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions in a 51-41 victory over Mississippi State.

His total numbers this year are 3,313 passing yards with 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has 611 rushing yards.

The big number I believe should keep Manziel from winning his second straight Heisman is his 11 interceptions.

I think Winston is the frontrunner for the Heisman. He has directed Florida State to a 9-0 record. Winston had a little below normal game with 159 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a easy 59-3 win over Wake Forest last week.

On the season, Winston has produced 2,661 passing yards with 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

The biggest thing behind Winston is that Florida State keeps on winning and winning. If the Seminoles end the year undefeated, then Winston is my pick to win the 2013 Heisman.

But you can't ever count out McCarron.

All he does is win in style.

McCarron's numbers don't stack up with Winston's or Manziel's.

McCarron has 1,862 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and three interceptions.

McCarron deserves to have a seat in New York for the Heisman ceremony.

You can't overlook Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. Baylor has a high-powered offense, and Petty has put up 2,656 passing yards with 21 touchdowns and only one interception.

Petty has to keep winning for him to be in the hunt for the Heisman.

Watching Fresno State roll past University of Wyoming 48-10 made me take notice of quarterback Derek Carr.

I hate to admit this, but Carr was clearly better than UW quarterback Brett Smith.

Carr has everything you want in the quarterback. He is big, fast and has a huge arm, and he can run when Fresno State needs a first down.

I'm cheering for Fresno State to crack the Bowl Championship Series for a spot in a big-time bowl game.

Carr isn't ready to be in the Heisman talk yet, but he isn't far behind.

That title belongs to Winston.

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