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SEC Heisman Trophy watch: Week 8

10/19/2010

It’s safe to say that we have a legitimate front-runner in the Heisman Trophy race. Let’s see if he can keep that lead.

Auburn’s Cam Newton tops my dwindling list of SEC Heisman hopefuls this week:

1. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: They know all about him around the college football world now. Newton has absolutely blown up the past few weeks. He gets another big stage Saturday when No. 6 LSU comes to town. LSU is ranked third nationally in total defense, so this figures to be Newton’s stiffest test yet. He has 13 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns already this season, and he’s less than 150 yards away from the 1,000-yard rushing mark. He’s unique. He’s immensely talented, and he’s a treat to watch play. Throw in the fact that his team is unbeaten, and that’s usually a recipe for winning the Heisman Trophy.

2. Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: He didn’t have huge numbers for the Wildcats this past week, but he was there when they needed him. Cobb’s 24-yard touchdown catch in the final minutes was the difference for Kentucky in its 31-28 upset of South Carolina. And for good measure, Cobb also ran in the two-point conversion to make it a three-point game. Cobb is college football’s ultimate touchdown machine. He’s accounted for a touchdown in 21 of the past 23 games in which he’s played for the Wildcats. This season, Cobb has accounted for 11 touchdowns -- five receiving, three passing, three rushing and one on a punt return.