Despite the arctic (for Houston) temperatures outside, September feels like it just got here yesterday, because in the blink of an eye, the 2013 college football season is now over. With all but one (salute Army, salute Navy) of the regular season games now behind us, the next item on the agenda is to crown the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner.
No Johnny Football this year.
Historically, the previous 78 awards have been reserved largely for seniors. However, in the last fifteen years or so, with more juniors leaving early for the NFL and underclassmen becoming more precocious, we've seen not only many non-seniors win the award, but we've seen winners get repeat invitations as a finalist the following season.
Since 2003, Jason White, Matt Leinart, and Tim Tebow have all made return visits to New York as the defending Heisman Trophy winner.
Yesterday, it was announced that Texas A&M phenom, legend, and party crasher Johnny Manziel will join that list, earning a repeat invite to this year's ceremony in the Big Apple (this year, as a 21 year old, which might deserve its own blog post).
The finalists are as follows:More »