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SEC Heisman Watch

9/14/2010

Go ahead and add two new names from the SEC to the Heisman Trophy mix.

Kentucky's Randall Cobb is inventing new ways to score touchdowns, and South Carolina freshman running back Marcus Lattimore looks like he’s going to be a great one.

Two weeks into the season, this is how I would rank the Heisman contenders in the SEC:

1. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: He gets his first big stage this week on the road against Georgia. Mallett has Heisman-like numbers through two games (701 passing yards, six touchdown passes and a 73.1 completion percentage). Now, he has to go do it against a quality team.

2. Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton: There hasn’t been a better dual-purpose quarterback in the league to this point. Newton has accounted for seven touchdowns and is leading the Tigers in rushing with an average of 120.5 yards per game.

3. Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: It’s hard to imagine the Wildcats winning enough games for Cobb to be a real factor in the race. But anybody who’s already scored touchdowns four different ways ought to be a candidate. Cobb is the best all-around player in the league.

4. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: Yeah, he’s only a freshman, but he’s going to put up big numbers for the Gamecocks all season. He has 236 rushing yards and four touchdowns in his first two games, and he did it on a big stage last Saturday against Georgia.

5. LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson: His biggest play last week was a 33-yard kickoff return against Vanderbilt, but he’s still worthy of being in the conversation.