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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
SEC Heisman watch: Week 9

By Chris Low

Our weekly look at the top Heisman Trophy candidates in the SEC:

1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: By Richardson’s gaudy standards, he didn’t have a big game last week against Tennessee and had his streak of six straight 100-yard rushing games snapped. Nonetheless, he’s still averaging 123.6 yards per game and has scored 17 touchdowns. He also has a huge stage coming up in two weeks against LSU. If Richardson has a big game against LSU, it could be his to lose.

2. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: After Richardson, there aren’t a lot of realistic candidates, especially with Marcus Lattimore out for the remainder of the season. Wilson is leading the league with 2,011 passing yards, but is coming off a so-so game. He has 12 touchdown passes with at least six games to play and would probably need to get to 30 touchdown passes to have any chance. Either way, it’s been a very productive season for Wilson in his first year as the starter.

3. Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn: The Tigers’ sophomore is fewer than 200 yards away from his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season. Teams are keying on him now and stacking the line of scrimmage with Auburn struggling to throw the football, but Dyer is still averaging more than 5 yards per carry.

4. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: The Honey Badger was always a long shot. Defensive players simply don’t win the Heisman. But with his suspension last week, it’s going to be difficult for him to climb back into serious contention. He remains one of the SEC’s top defensive playmakers.