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Heisman Finalists With Alabama Ties

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Four quarterbacks and two running backs are in the running to win college football's most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy.

Six players have not been invited to the Heisman ceremony in New York City since 1944.

Of those six, three have ties to the state of Alabama.

Auburn running back Tre Mason left no doubt to Heisman trophy voters that he deserved to be in the conversation.

The junior from Palm Beach, Fla., put together a record-setting season, surpassing numbers of previous Auburn Heisman winners.

Mason ran for an SEC Championship Game record 304 yards and four touchdowns against Missouri.  But he's been consistent all season, rushing for 1,621 yards (second in school history), 22 touchdowns (second in SEC history) and over 2,137 all-purpose yards (third in SEC history).

Mason could become the fourth Auburn player to win the Heisman.

"It's just a personal goal of mine," Mason said. "Everyone has goals of their own.  It was always a dream growing up wanting to win the Heisman."

Then there's quarterback AJ McCarron, who is not the flashiest on the stat sheet, but he's won two national titles with Alabama in the last three seasons.

This year, McCarron has thrown for 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions.

As a three-year starting quarterback, McCarron owns a 36-3 record, with seven career wins over top ten teams.

"It's just an honor to be part of the Heisman ceremony," McCarron said.  "Being able to take a trip to New York.  I always said I wouldn't go to New York unless I was voted on for the Heisman ceremony or the NFL Draft."

The over-whelming favorite is Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston.

Winston went to Hueytown High School, in Hueytown, Ala., where he was considered the best duel-threat QB in the nation by Rivals.com.

This season, he set freshman records by passing for 3,820 yards, and 38 touchdowns to ten interceptions.

Winston also added four more scores on the ground, while leading the Seminoles to a number one ranking and a trip to the BCS National Championship Game.

Winston's high school coach, Matt Scott, is not surprised by the success.

"His football I.Q. is through the roof," Scott said. "Many people can learn coverages or learn about two minute offenses, but not only does he learn it, he gets it."

Winston would be only the second freshman to win the award after Johnny Manziel took home the Heisman last year as a redshirt freshman.


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