Tre Mason, Auburn
Auburn’s Tre Mason may not have been a popular name in Heisman talk earlier in the season, but the junior turned it on late to vault Auburn up the standings and into national title conversations. He rushed for 1,621 yards on the season with 22 touchdowns, while adding 121 receiving yards and 395 kickoff return yards with a return touchdown. Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns in Auburn’s shootout win in the SEC Championship game against Missouri, helping the Auburn advance to the BCS title game against Jameis Winston and Florida State. This season, he broke Bo Jackson’s Auburn record for all-purpose yards with 2,137, and could break Jackson’s rushing record of 1,859 with a big game against Florida State. Mason would become the fourth player in Auburn history to collect the Heisman, joining Jackson, Pat Sullivan, and Cam Newton.