Manziel, the 2012 O’Brien winner and 2012 Heisman Trophy recipient, is joined on the list by six candidates who also were semifinalists last season: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron and Georgia’s Aaron Murray.
The group of semifinalists will be trimmed Nov. 25 to three finalists, with the winner announced Dec. 12 during The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN. In addition to members of the O’Brien selection committee, fans can vote for candidates at www.VoteOBrien.org.
The remaining semifinalists include Florida State’s Jameis Winston, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, UCLA’s Brett Hundley, UCF’s Blake Bortles, Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion and South Carolina’s Connor Shaw.
The 2013 O’Brien recipient will be honored Feb. 17, 2014 during an awards dinner at the Fort Worth Club.
_ Jimmy Burch