- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Our weekly look at the SEC Heisman Trophy candidates:
1. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: There are off-the-field allegations swirling, no doubt. But to this point, there's nothing out there that should or would keep Newton from winning college football's top individual award. Obviously, that could change, but he's been the most dynamic player in college football all season and is the clear front-runner. He's creeping closer to the exclusive 20-20 club with 19 touchdowns passing and 15 touchdowns rushing. Tim Tebow is the only player in NCAA history to pass for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in the same season.
2. Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: The Wildcats' 5-5 record kills any realistic chance of Cobb winning the Heisman, but few players in the country have done more for their football teams and been as productive doing it as Cobb. He's accounted for 14 touchdowns and is tied for second in the SEC with seven touchdown catches. He's also passed for three touchdowns, rushed for three touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown. The SEC's leader in receptions with 63, Cobb ranks third nationally with an average of 176.8 all-purpose yards per game.
3. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: Having led Arkansas to a big 41-20 win at South Carolina, Mallett moves up to the No. 3 spot. His subpar game against Alabama and his concussion in the Auburn game took him out of the serious running for the Heisman Trophy, but he's still averaging an SEC-leading 305.8 passing yards per game and has thrown 19 touchdown passes. More importantly, he has the Hogs positioned to have a 10-win season.
4. South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery: His consistency has been remarkable. No matter what teams try and do to him, he manages to get 100 yards receiving or at least close. Jeffery is fifth this week nationally with an average of 114.9 receiving yards per game. He also has seven touchdown catches, all coming against SEC defenses. The big play has been Jeffery's specialty. He's averaging 17.5 yards per catch.