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Winston, five others named Heisman finalists

NEW YORK — 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 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 now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee 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.

BG coach to Wake

Wake Forest hired Dave Clawson from Bowling Green as its next coach. A news conference to introduce him is expected today in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The hiring comes three days after Clawson led Bowling Green to an upset of then-No. 16 Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game and one day after the Falcons were invited to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

His hiring caps Wake Forest's weeklong search to find Jim Grobe's successor. He resigned Dec. 2 after a 13-year stay that included five bowl games but ended with five losing seasons.

ANOTHER FSU FINALIST: The Seminoles' Bryan Stork is among six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's best center. The winner will be announced Thursday.

PITT DT HONORED: Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation's top college defensive player.

HUSKIES WELCOME COACH: Chris Petersen was introduced as Washington's coach, leaving behind nearly a decade of unprecedented success at Boise State. "It was just time. I think every place has a shelf life. Sometimes that's very short, sometimes it's very long and sometimes it's in between," Petersen said. "It was just time."

CROWDS GET ROWDY: East Lansing police said 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. Police also said there were at least 57 fires.

CLOWNEY CITED: South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was ticketed for going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone on a South Carolina interstate Saturday night.

ALBANY: Greg Gattuso was named the second coach in the program's 41 varsity seasons, replacing Bob Ford, who retired.

IOWA: Left tackle Brandon Scherff, considered a potential first-round pick, said he's staying for his senior season.

Winston, five others named Heisman finalists 12/09/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 9, 2013 11:48pm]

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