There are few things in a Heisman Trophy victory as key as dominating your own backyard.In the award’s 78-year history, just four times has a winner not claimed the voting region in which he played in, with the last instance coming in 1992, when Miami’s Gino Torretta finished behind Georgia’s Garrison Hearst in the South.Being a strong precursor to the winning the entire vote, that regional spotlight puts the attention on one district more than any other in this year’s race.Balloting is broken down into six regions, and while the vast majority have a defined top contender — Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in the Far West, the Mid-Atlantic’s Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Ohio State’s Braxton Miller of the Midwest and the Southwest with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (the Northwest is the only one without a viable candidate) — the South has a litany of them.Made up of voters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, the region has Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Aaron Murray (Georgia) and Jameis Winston (Florida State).You could legitimately make a case for a number of them to lead the South right now, a luxury that could be a problem come December… Read full this story
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