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Pac-12 Football's Dark-Horse Heisman Candidates for 2013
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We are a little less than eight months away from the 2013 Heisman Trophy award presentation.

Texas A&M quarterback Johhny Manziel, the 2012 winner, will certainly be a front-runner, but let's not count out South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. 

But what about the Pac-12?  

In the Conference of Champions, there are plenty of elite players who could strike the pose this December. Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is a legitimate contender. So is USC receiver Marqise Lee.

Oregon State, once it settles its quarterback dilemma, could produce a Heisman winner in either Cody Vaz or Sean Mannion—once head coach Mike Riley finally decides who will be the starting quarterback. 

In the meantime, there are players who may have the kind of year that thrusts them into the spotlight. 

Here's are six Pac-12 players to watch. We're not making any predictions, of course, but we are expecting  big things from them this fall that could change the whole Heisman race.

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