SEC Heisman watch

November, 2, 2010
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There's really only one Heisman Trophy candidate in the SEC, but a couple of others have played well enough to at least deserve mention:

1. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: He remains the front-runner nationally and continues to inch his way toward the 20-20 club. Newton now has 15 touchdowns passing and 14 touchdowns running. And in one of those true Heisman moments, he even caught a touchdown pass last week in the 51-31 win over Ole Miss. Newton has a real shot at 2,000 yards passing and 1,500 yards rushing this season. Still, his biggest stage is yet to come -- Nov. 26 at Alabama.

2. Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: In piling up a career-high 293 all-purpose yards last week in Kentucky's 24-17 loss to Mississippi State, Cobb moved to third nationally in all-purpose yardage (1,619). He leads the SEC with 59 catches after posting career highs of 12 catches for 171 yards last week. He's also accounted for 13 touchdowns. Simply, if Cobb were on a team with one or two losses right now, he'd be right up there at the top of the Heisman lists nationally.

3. South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery: He might have saved the Gamecocks with a 70-yard touchdown catch that broke open the Tennessee game last week in the fourth quarter. Jeffery's not going to win the Heisman, but he is well on his way to establishing himself as the best receiver in the SEC this season, which is saying something considering the talent at that position in this league.

4. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: Breaking his own school record, Mallett passed for 409 yards last week in a 49-14 rout of Vanderbilt. He's still leading the SEC in passing and has 18 touchdown passes. If he were to really light it up down the stretch and the Hogs won out, he could end up getting an invite to New York City as one of the finalists.

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