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Heisman watch 2013: Marqise Lee, Brett Hundley already among early favorites

The USC wide receiver and UCLA quarterback figure to play a role in the 2013 Heisman chase.

Thearon W. Henderson

Although the start of the 2013 college football season is still many months away, it's never too early to take a look at who the possible successor to Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel could be -- of course, unless Manziel himself doesn't lift the Heisman Trophy again.

The UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans figure to have some say in the 2013 Heisman Trophy watch, starting with USC receiver Marqise Lee, who finished fourth in this year's voting. The all-purpose threat led the nation in receptions and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. Lee was also a huge factor in the return game for the Trojans.

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, who came on strong in the late stages of the 2012 season, could use his sophomore campaign to make a larger national statement and figure in the Heisman conversation. Hundley's 3,411 yards and 26 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions as a freshman while leading UCLA to a 9-4 record and berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game is certainly the making of a Heisman hopeful.

Not surprisingly, Lee and Hundley are getting attention around the web as everyone releases their "way-too-early" looks at the 2013 race.