Heisman Handicapper: Ranking the Top 20 Candidates Post-Spring Games

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Heisman Handicapper: Ranking the Top 20 Candidates Post-Spring Games
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As long as he can stay out of serious trouble this offseason—lest we forget last year's "Summer of Johnny"—Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will return to defend his Heisman Trophy as a redshirt sophomore in 2014.

Competing to best him is a field of candidates who didn't come close last season, as the other five finalists who joined Winston in New York for the Heisman ceremony have all entered the 2014 NFL draft.

But that doesn't mean there's a lack of quality options.

Four quarterbacks who could have entered the NFL draft—and whom many experts were surprised to see return to school—highlight the cast that could knock Winston off his throne, along with some other talented QBs and running backs.

Those players all have the capability to put up Heisman numbers—numbers that are, fair or not, required to win this award.

If their teams have a successful season behind those numbers, they will turn their early candidacy into a Heisman nomination, a trip to New York and a potential victory.

Or maybe the man to unseat Jameis will be a dark horse—the exact title Zac Ellis of SI.com gave to Winston at the start of last season.

Here are some names to keep an eye on.

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