Four quarterbacks and two running backs were named Heisman Trophy finalists on Monday.
Quarterbacks Jordan Lynchof Northern Illinois, Johnny Manzielof Texas A&M, AJ McCarronof Alabama andJameis Winstonof Florida State were all invited to the Heisman ceremony on Saturday (8 p.m.
The six finalists invited to the ceremony in New York are the most since 1994.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award Saturday night in New York now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed.
He could become the second straight freshman to win the award as the top player in college football after Manziel won it last season.
Winston set freshman records by passing for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns while leading No. He also threw for nine more touchdowns, but his rushing stats were way down.
Manziel ran for 686 yards, down from 1,181 a year ago, and just eight touchdowns, down from 19.
He would beonly the second player to win the award twice after Ohio State's Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975.
Williams ran for 2,102 this season, becoming the first player to pass 2,000 yards since 2008. He ran for 17 touchdowns and averaged 6.4 yards a carry but did not catch a pass all season.
Mason, a junior, put his name on the list by running for 304 yards and four touchdowns Saturday against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. He alsothrew for 2,676 yards and accounted for 46 touchdowns -- 22 rushing, 23 passing and one receiving.
Lynch tweeted that he was a finalist about five minutes before the official announcement was made on ESPN by former winner Danny Wuerffel.
NyC here income thanks to coaches, teammates DFO and media relation for making this possible!!#bobcole
McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns for the 11-1 Crimson Tide. McCarron, Mason and Manziel all played in the SEC West Division while Winston and Williams both played in the ACC Atlantic Division.
Heisman voters left out players from the Pac-12, Big 12 and Big Ten -- notably Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.
Also overlooked was Fresno State quarterbackDerek Carr, who leads the country in both passing yards with4,866 and passing touchdowns with 48. He threw for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns more than Winston in one fewer game.