Tuesday, September 18, 2012
SEC Heisman watch: Week 4
By Edward Aschoff
The SEC's Heisman hopeful list has taken different forms each week this season.
Let the transformation begin yet again.
We say goodbye to Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, who is battling a head injury, and running back Knile Davis, who is averaging just 63.7 rushing yards a game for the Razorbacks and has scored just twice this season.
Tyler Bray's second-half performance against Florida knocks him off our list as well.
Here are our four candidates:
1. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: Murray is probably the top real Heisman candidate in the SEC and just keeps putting up stout numbers every time he goes out onto the field. Against Florida Atlantic, Murray passed for 342 yards with two touchdowns to one interception. He's currently third in the SEC with 842 yards and is tied for first with eight touchdowns. He's also second in the league with an efficiency rating of 180.16.
2. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia: So, he wasn't on the list last week and didn't play Saturday. And? He should have made the list last week, but didn't and now he is. There's no question that Jones is the best player in the SEC. He was a total force in the Missouri game. He posted nine tackles, two sacks, five quarterback hurries, grabbed an interception and forced a fumble. His interception and forced fumble set up touchdowns for the Bulldogs in their 41-20 win. Jones completely changed that game in Georgia's favor. On the season, Jones has 17 tackles, 4.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks, an interception, two pass breakups, 11 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles.
3. Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida: Out of nowhere, Gillislee is the SEC’s top rusher. He’s become the Gators' No. 1 offensive weapon and was instrumental in Florida’s come-from-behind win at Tennessee over the weekend, as he rushed for 115 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He certainly has to do more to get national recognition, but he currently has 346 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the season.
4. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: While he hasn’t looked like the Lattimore of old, he’s still getting the job done for the Gamecocks and still hasn’t had to carry much of the load for his team yet. That’s probably a good thing with conference play coming up, as he could go off at any moment with the skill he has. On the season, Lattimore has rushed for 235 yards and four touchdowns.