HeismanPundit.com recently released a few darkhorse Heisman candidates, and four SEC players made the list:
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
My Take: The next big-time running back at Alabama is Mr. Eddie Lacy. Lacy has shown he has all the tangible tools and athleticism to be a serious playmaker for the Tide. However, even though he is not as talented as Trent Richardson, Lacy will get enough touches to make his case for the best back in the SEC. Alabama is absolutely a run-heavy offense, and they should feed him the football in 2012. Lacy is certainly a darkhorse candidate for the elusive Heisman.
James Franklin, QB, Missouri
My Take: I love the way Franklin plays the game, and his athleticism that goes along with it. This kid is a runner and a thrower, and I think he will surprise some people in the SEC with his size, his ability to make plays and his toughness. Franklin will get beat up running the option; however, will he be healthy the entire season? Franklin is a special talent.
Kiehl Frazier, QB, Auburn
My Take: This is the biggest darkhorse on the board for the SEC. I feel like Frazier can throw the football. I also felt like Tim Tebow could throw the football after his freshman year of not throwing it, much like Frazier. He has the most upside of really anyone in the SEC, and if he can have success throwing it, Auburn’s offense will be good. I just don’t see him in the Heisman talk, though.
Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Michael is a special talent, and SEC fans will get to see why he is on this list. He’s big, fast and physical enough to compete in the SEC and make a very positive impact for the Aggies. If Michael can stay healthy throughout the entire season, he will make a push for one of the best running backs in the SEC. However, the SEC West will be very difficult to run on.
Others listed from other conferences:
Curtis McNeal, RB, USC
Fitzgerald Touissant, RB, Michigan
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame
Jesse Callier, RB, Washington
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon