Winston, Manziel, Lynch among 6 Heisman finalists

Associated PressDecember 9, 2013 

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) prepares to pass during the first half.

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Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony – though he’s not expected to have much competition.

The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Auburn’s Tre Mason and Boston College’s Andre Williams.

Six finalists invited to New York for the presentation are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday night.

Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award.

Manziel was the first last year. The Aggies quarterback is trying to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State’s Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and `75.

S.C. Troopers: Clowney ticketed for going 110 mph

Troopers say South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was ticketed for going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone on a South Carolina interstate.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said Clowney was pulled over in a Chrysler 300 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday northbound on Interstate 77 in Fairfield County, about 25 miles north of Columbia.

Jones says Clowney was issued the ticket and allowed to drive away. It carries a $355 fine and six points, which are half the points needed to suspend a driver’s license.

The university didn’t make Clowney or coach Steve Spurrier available to talk.

Clowney is a junior expected to enter the NFL draft after South Carolina plays Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. AP

Elsewhere

Iowa: Left tackle Brandon Scherff announced he’s staying with the Hawkeyes for his senior season. Scherff was believed to be a potential first-round pick in next spring’s NFL draft.

Rimington Trophy: Auburn’s Reese Dismukes and Florida State’s Bryan Stork are among the six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation’s best center. The other finalists are Oregon’s Hroniss Grasu, Oklahoma’s Gabe Ikard, Utah State’s Tyler Larsen and Arkansas’ Travis Swanson. The winner will be announced Thursday.

Michigan State: East Lansing police say at least 15 people were arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State’s victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game Saturday.

East Lansing police said there were at least 57 fires, especially in a neighborhood of apartments just off campus.

Washington: Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen was introduced as Washington’s new coach at a news conference Monday. Petersen was 92-12 at Boise State, including five conference titles and two Fiesta Bowl victories. He replaces Steve Sarkisian, who was 34-29 in five seasons at Washington before taking the job at USC.

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