- Edward Aschoff, College Football
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Each of our preseason Heisman candidates did well in their openers. Sure, there was some rust for both running backs, who both returned from season-ending injuries, but that was to be expected. We even added a new face to the list after his arm guided his team to a big win in the Georgia Dome last Friday.
Here's how our Heisman watch list looks heading into Week 2:
1. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: He was arguably the SEC's top returning quarterback, and he proved as much by setting an Arkansas opening-day record by passing for a league-high 367 yards and had three touchdowns against Jacksonville State. People respect Wilson's game, but he's still not getting a ton of publicity nationally. That will change if he continues to perform like this.
2. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: There certainly was some rust that Lattimore had to shake off in his return from his ACL injury. You could tell that he wasn't truly at 100 percent, but that didn't stop him from being a bully out on the field against Vanderbilt. In his first game since last October, Lattimore carried the ball 23 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the Gamecocks with three catches for 21 yards.
3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: Murray started the Buffalo game with a few poorly thrown balls, but he rebounded to have a pretty solid afternoon. Murray connected on 15 of his 26 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns against the Bulls. Murray also did a good job of taking care of the ball, as he left the game with zero turnovers Saturday.
4. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee: The loss of Da'Rick Rogers at wide receiver didn't seem to both Bray, as he threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee's win over NC State. Bray's night looked even better as he continuously abused All-American cornerback David Amerson. He burned Amerson with a 41-yard touchdown pass to newcomer Cordarrelle Patterson and then went at him again on a 72-yard bomb to Zach Rogers for another score.
5. Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas: Like Lattimore, Davis had to get his football legs back Saturday. In his first game back after a devastating ankle injury that cost him all of his 2011 season, Davis carried the ball 18 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. The explosive Davis only averaged 3.9 yards per carry and his longest run went for just 13 yards, but he said after the game that he felt he did well in his return. There's no question that there's more to come from Davis this fall.
Each of our preseason Heisman candidates did well in their openers. Sure, there was some rust for both running backs, who both returned from season-ending injuries, but that was to be expected.