Source: USA TODAY
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston received 44.8% of the vote in the final Gannett Heisman survey before ballots were due Monday, signaling he is the clear favorite for the award, which will be announced Saturday night in New York.
Winston, who was cleared Friday in a sexual battery investigation in Tallahassee, has set freshman records for yards passing and passing touchdowns this season and has led Florida State to a No. 1 ranking and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game.
Winston’s vote share matches the season-high for any player, first achieved by Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in the survey of Nov. 4. Mariota, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, did not receive any votes in the final survey today.
Winston placed first on every ballot on which he was named. Three ballots omitted him entirely.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron received 15% of the survey votes, good for second place, and Auburn running back Tre Mason was third with 11.5%. Mason had received one vote all season before Saturday, when he set an SEC Championship record with 304 rushing yards in a 59-42 win that propelled Auburn to the national championship game.
Boston College running back Andre Williams, the nation’s leading rusher with 2,102 yards, was fourth with 10% of the vote, and Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch garnered 7.5%
Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner, earned 2.3% of the vote in the final survey.
A season-high 13 players received votes this week.
The Heisman Trust plans to announce the finalists for the award at 6 tonight on ESPN.
The Heisman trophy winner will be named at approximately 8:50 p.m. ET Saturday. ESPN’s broadcast begins at 8 p.m.
Breaking down the ballots (three points are awarded for a first-place vote, two for second and one for third):
1. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: 26-0-0 = 78
2. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama: 0-12-2 = 26
3. RB Tre Mason, Auburn: 3-4-3 = 20
4. RB Andre Williams, Boston College: 0-5-7 = 17
5. QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois: 0-3-7 = 13
6. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State: 0-2-1 = 5
7. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 0-0-4 = 4
8. (tie) RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona: 0-1-1 = 3
8. (tie) QB Bryce Petty, Baylor: 0-1-1 = 3
10. RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State: 0-1-0 = 2
11. (tie) QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: 0-0-1 = 1
11. (tie) QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State: 0-0-1 = 1
11. (tie) WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: 0-0-1 = 1
More than two dozen staffers from Gannett properties participate each week. Daniel Uthman is USA TODAY Sports’ senior editor, colleges. He is not a Heisman voter.