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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was widely considered to be the best player in the country before an injury limited his mobility and contributed to two late-season losses last year. The redshirt junior has already thrown for 6,342 yards and 63 touchdowns in two seasons with the Ducks.
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Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall was overshadowed by running back Tre Mason last season, but Marshall will get the opportunity to be the team's undisputed leader this year. The dual threat threw for 1,976 and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 1,068 yards and another 12 touchdowns as a junior.
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Once a backup to 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Bryce Petty has guided Baylor to one of its finest periods in the history of the program. The fifth-year senior finished last season with 4,200 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also rushed for 14 touchdowns.
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Trevor Knight showed just how effective he can be as the starting quarterback for Oklahoma with his MVP performance in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. The redshirt freshman torched Alabama for 348 yards and four touchdowns. If he can play at that level throughout the season, the Sooners should be contenders in the new College Football Playoff.
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Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton is a dark-horse candidate to win the Heisman Trophy in 2014. The dual-threat senior already ranks first all-time at Utah State in career completion percentage (.665) and second in career touchdown passes (56). He threw 18 touchdowns against just two interceptions last year before suffering a season-ending injury.