ESPN: Heisman finalist: Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Key stats: 68 percent completions, 38 touchdown passes, 90.9 adjusted QBR
Why he made it to NYC: Four months ago, Winston was a renowned recruit who had yet to win the starting job at Florida State. Now, he’s on the brink of a national championship. The Seminoles’ offense is talented, but former first-round draft pick EJ Manuel didn’t find nearly the same success Winston has as a redshirt freshman.