Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M highlighted the first edition of Heisman Trophy Watch List announced by the HeismanPundit.com and CBSSports.com on Thursday.
Manziel, the first-ever freshman to win the award in 2012, headlines the watch list of 28 players recognized by the website, which annually produces one of the nation’s most accurate Heisman Trophy predictor polls.
Manziel took the college football world by storm in his first season as a starter in 2012, as he surpassed 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards on his way to becoming the SEC’s first 5,000-yard total offense gainer in a single season.
Manziel was joined by five other players from the Southeastern Conference on the list: defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, running back Todd Gurley of Georgia, quarterback A.J. McCarron of Alabama, quarterback Aaron Murray of Georgia and running back TJ Yeldon of Alabama.
The 2013 HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List
(Post spring edition in alphabetical order)
Ameer Abdullah, Jr., RB, Nebraska
David Ash, Jr., QB, Texas
Blake Bell, Jr., QB, Oklahoma
Tajh Boyd, Sr., QB, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisiville
Ka’deem Carey, Jr., RB, Arizona
Derek Carr, Sr., QB, Fresno State
Jadeveon Clowney, Jr., DE, South Carolina
Stefon Diggs, So., WR, Maryland
Cody Fajardo, Jr., QB, Nevada
David Fales, Sr., QB, San Jose State
Devin Gardner, Jr., QB, Michigan
Everett Golson, So., QB, Notre Dame
Todd Gurley, So., RB, Georgia
Kevin Hogan, So., QB, Stanford
Brett Hundley, So., QB, UCLA
Duke Johnson, So., RB, Miami
Marqise Lee, Jr., WR, USC
Jordan Lynch, Sr., QB, Northern Illinois
Johnny Manziel, So., QB, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota, So., QB, Oregon
Venric Mark, Sr., RB, Northwestern
Taylor Martinez, Sr., QB, Nebraska
AJ McCarron, Sr., QB, Alabama
Aaron Murray, Sr., QB, Georgia
Braxton Miller, Jr., QB, Ohio State
Lache Seastrunk, Jr., RB, Baylor
De’Anthony Thomas, Jr., RB, Oregon
TJ Yeldon, So., RB, Alabama
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