Tuesday, November 1, 2011
SEC Heisman watch: Week 10
By Chris Low
Our weekly look at the Heisman Trophy candidates in the SEC:
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: If Richardson is going to make his run, he has a huge stage awaiting him on Saturday in the No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown against LSU. It's a game everybody will be watching, and Richardson could move to the top of the list by rushing for 150-plus yards and leading Alabama to a win. He leads the SEC with an average of 123.6 yards per game and has scored an SEC-leading 17 touchdowns. The reality is that he's the SEC's only serious candidate at this point and a strong one.
2. Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn: Dyer would be a real long shot from a national perspective, but he's knocking on the door of his second straight 1,000-yard season and is coming off another big game for the Tigers in their win last week over Ole Miss. They've leaned on him as hard as any team in the league has leaned on one player this season, and he's continually delivered. Dyer has now carried the ball 186 times, which leads the SEC.
3. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas: Wright joins the conversation this week and really should have been a part of it all season. He leads the SEC in catches (44), receiving yards (709) and is tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns (7). In every game, he's been a factor for the Hogs and has become a better overall receiver, especially with his ability to make things happen after the catch.
4. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: OK, defensive players don't win the Heisman Trophy, but there's not a hotter defensive player in the SEC right now than Jones. He had four sacks and forced a key fumble last week in the win over Florida and leads the league with eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss. This is a league full of great defensive players, and Jones is right there at the top.