Tuesday, October 30, 2012
SEC Heisman Watch: Week 10
By Edward Aschoff
Now that we're about to enter the final month of the regular season, we're getting pickier with our Heisman Watch candidates. That means the list is shorter this week:
1. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama: All of a sudden, the Heisman buzz is really starting to pick up for McCarron. He passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State and left the game without an interception ... again. That makes 18 touchdown passes and zero interceptions for McCarron. He has the highest efficiency rating (182.4) of any quarterback nationally, and if the wins keep piling up for the Tide, McCarron should be headed to New York. He also has 1,684 yards and is completing 68.9 percent of his passes.
2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: After struggling against LSU two weeks ago, Johnny Football returned to the football field with a fury against Auburn. He scorched the Tigers' struggling defense by passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 90 yards and scored three more touchdowns. He's still one of the most exciting players in the SEC, and when he's on, he can really make defenses look silly. He's third in the SEC in passing (2,216 yards) and has thrown for 16 touchdowns with six interceptions. He also leads the conference with 793 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
3. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia: Defenders haven't had a ton of luck in the Heisman department, but Jones is just one of those game-changers who can't be ignored. He completely took over the Florida game, registering 13 tackles (12 solo), including 4.5 for loss, with three sacks. He also forced two fumbles and recovered two. He sucked every ounce of momentum the Gators had on offense in key situations. Few defensive players have been able to transform games like Jones has. Remember, he had a similar performance earlier this season against Missouri. He's battling Manti Te'o for the nation's best linebacker. On the season, he has 14 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.