Deciding the Heisman Trophy Winner Through Blind Resumes

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Deciding the Heisman Trophy Winner Through Blind Resumes
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The 2013 Heisman Trophy race has become a mess of sorts. Players who were thought to be sure things have fallen down the list due to losses and lackluster performances. New contenders are emerging as old favorites take themselves out of the race.

This race is shaping up to be another nail-biter. Jameis Winston, the Florida State quarterback, is the favorite as a legal investigation hangs over his head. Behind Winston, it is a mix of quarterbacks, running backs, BCS players, non-BCS players and even a defender or two.

Much like Your Best 11 took a look at the top teams' blind resumes a couple weeks ago before the whole Baylor losing incident, YB11 gives you the Heisman blind resume test, starting with the award's favorite position, quarterbacks.

Heisman Hopeful Quarterbacks
Player Passing Yards Passing Yards Per Game Completion Percentage Touchdowns Interceptions Rushing Yards Rushing Yards Per Game Touchdowns
1 3163 287.5 69.6 32 7 126 11.5 3
2 3351 335.1 64.1 26 1 173 17.3 10
3 3537 321.5 69.1 32 13 665 60.5 8
4 2457 204.8 64.4 22 5 1755 146.3 20
5 3943 394.3 69.7 39 4 104 10.4 2
6 2399 218.1 68.6 23 5 5 .5 0
7 3127 284.3 64.4 27 2 529 48.1 9
8 3248 295.3 67.3 29 7 268 24.4 8
9 1626 180.7 67.7 19 4 738 82 5

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Next, here are the running backs who are pushing to get the award.

Heisman Hopeful Running Backs
Player Yards Yards Per Game Touchdowns Receiving Yards Receiving Yards Per Game Touchdowns
1 1559 155.9 16 173 17.3 1
2 2073 188.5 16 0 0 0
3 996 90.6 14 438 39.8 6

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And because defense matters too, here are a couple defenders who are hopefuls.

Heisman Hopeful Defenders
Player Tackles for Loss Sacks Tackles Interceptions Forced Fumbles Touchdowns
1 26 10 51 0 4 0
2 19 13 49 1 1 1
3 17 10 31 0 3 1
4 20.5 6.5 109 0 4 0
5 17 10 37 0 1 1
6 17 8 58 0 5 0

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As a defensive guy, picking any of the six makes sense pretty quickly. However, this is an offensive award in the eyes of most, hence the plethora of quarterbacks in the mix and the smattering of running backs.

So who do you pick? Do you opt for the guy with the most touchdowns? Perhaps go with the player who has the most yards? If you are sold on a quarterback, do you go for the player who has done it in the air and on the ground? How about the running back who runs and catches for a ton of yards and touchdowns?

Blind resumes make things tough because there is no Heisman moment. There is no all-time record or total number of championships won. There is no BCS versus non-BCS when it is just numbers.

Take your pick, then look at which player you selected. This Heisman race will come down to the wire, and there are plenty of players hoping to not only end up in New York City but be there hoisting the trophy.

Quarterbacks, in order: Jameis Winston (FSU), Bryce Petty (Baylor), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Derek Carr (Fresno St.), A.J. McCarron (Alabama), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Braxton Miller (Ohio State)

Running backs, in order: Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona), Andre Williams (BC), Marion Grice (Arizona St.)

Defense, in order: Aaron Donald (Pitt), Trent Murphy (Stanford), Vic Beasley (Clemson), Ryan Shazier (Ohio State), Michael Sam (Missouri), Anthony Barr (UCLA)

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