|EJ Manuel is coming off a season where he threw for 18 touchdowns and six picks. (U.S. Presswire)|
Putting Manuel here is difficult since Florida State's offense seems to be permanently stuck on stupid, but there's no denying he has the ability to make a Heisman run if he can finally put together a complete season.
As with some other quarterbacks on this list, he has a chance to go down as the guy who turned his team around after the doldrums of the past decade. He showed flashes of potential last year, especially toward the end, and he's sitting on a streak of 121 passes without an interception. Overall, he threw for 2,666 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight picks in 2011.
If Florida State finally lives up to its potential by going undefeated and winning the ACC and Manuel plays a key role in it, voters will see him as having redeemed himself and the program. While the schedule isn't conducive to a Heisman run, Florida State is a traditional power and the meme that 'The Seminoles are back' would be more than enough to boost his prospects.
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