Deciding the Heisman Trophy Winner Through Blind Resumes

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterNovember 27, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies warms up before taking on the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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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
PlayerPassing YardsPassing Yards Per GameCompletion PercentageTouchdownsInterceptionsRushing YardsRushing Yards Per GameTouchdowns
13163287.569.632712611.53
23351335.164.126117317.310
33537321.569.1321366560.58
42457204.864.42251755146.320
53943394.369.739410410.42
62399218.168.62355.50
73127284.364.427252948.19
83248295.367.329726824.48
91626180.767.7194738825
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Next, here are the running backs who are pushing to get the award.

Heisman Hopeful Running Backs
PlayerYardsYards Per GameTouchdownsReceiving YardsReceiving Yards Per GameTouchdowns
11559155.91617317.31
22073188.516000
399690.61443839.86
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And because defense matters too, here are a couple defenders who are hopefuls.

Heisman Hopeful Defenders
PlayerTackles for LossSacksTacklesInterceptionsForced FumblesTouchdowns
1261051040
2191349111
3171031031
420.56.5109040
5171037011
617858050
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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)