SEC Heisman watch: Final edition

December, 6, 2011
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We know who the five finalists are, and two of them are from the SEC -- Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

Here's a look at the final pecking order in the SEC:

1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: It should be pointed out that Richardson racked up his totals against seven top 50 defenses nationally. He rushed for 1,583 yards and scored 23 total touchdowns, breaking Shaun Alexander's single-season record at Alabama for touchdowns scored. Richardson just missed 2,000 all-purpose yards (1,976) and ranks fifth nationally in that department. Even in today's game, you rarely see running backs with Richardson's blend of size, power and speed.

2. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: The Honey Badger closed the regular season with a flurry. He had punt returns for touchdowns in each of his last two games against Arkansas and then Georgia in the SEC championship game. He had a second punt return against Georgia that went for 47 yards and set up a touchdown. Mathieu has four touchdowns on the season and is tied for first nationally with five fumble recoveries and tied for third nationally with six forced fumbles.

3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: Murray leads the SEC with 33 touchdown passes and would have had a few more had it not been for a couple of drops by his receivers in the SEC championship game. Murray played his best football down the stretch during the Bulldogs' 10-game winning streak to capture the Eastern Division title.

4. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas: Not only was Wright the best receiver in the SEC this season, but he was also one of the most improved when it came to making things happen after the catch. Wright leads the SEC with 11 touchdown catches and was also No. 1 in the league with an average of 93.6 receiving yards per game.

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