The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Auburn running back Tre Mason and Boston College running back 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 just last year. Famous Jameis, like Johnny Football last season, is a redshirt freshman.
While Winston was a lock to be invited, the rest of the field was muddled. Some contenders had late stumbles (Manziel and Lynch), others (Mason and Williams) made late runs.
Manziel will try 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. The Aggies’ quarterback is third in the nation in total offense with 368 yards per game.