Two weeks ago, it looked like Johnny Manziel would be the Heisman favorite from the SEC, but two weeks and six touchdown passes later, with no turnovers, AJ McCarron is getting a ton of very warranted Heisman pub because of the extremely underrated season he’s putting together.
Here’s an update for week 10, and we’ve eliminated the top five and made it into a top four…with two defensive players:
1. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama (JR)
Team Stats: 8-0 and ranked #1 in the country
Individual Stats: 1,684 yards, 68.9%, 18 TDs, 0 INTs
Heisman Buzz: AJ McCarron has transformed from a game manager to an impact player in one season. With a national championship under his belt, he has a chance to be on the national stage once again this weekend in Bama’s bout with #5 LSU. McCarron has benefited from a future NFL offensive line and a physical running game, but it’s still unbelievable that he’s thrown 18 touchdowns and zero (zero!) interceptions. He’s quickly becoming one of the Heisman favorites around the country, too, and he leads the country in passing efficiency.
2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (FR)
Team Stats: 6-2 and ranked #16 in the country
Individual Stats: 793 rushing yards, 2,216 passing yards, 29 total TDs, 376 offensive yards per game
Heisman Buzz: You will be hard pressed to find better offensive statistics for a dual-threat quarterback in the country than Johnny Manziel. He’s single-handedly backhanded every defense not named Florida or LSU. He’s coming off of a 350-total-yard and five-touchdown performance against Auburn. But who hasn’t trampled Auburn? If he does it against Alabama, he will have an argument.
3. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (JR)
Team Stats: 7-1 and ranked #6 in the country
Individual Stats: 5 forced fumbles, 1 INT, 14.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks
Heisman Buzz: Jarvis Jones’ game against Florida will go down as one of the best individual performances of the rivalry. It’s up there with Lindsay Scott and Bill Stanfill. Jones’ had 13 tackles, two forced fumbles and three sacks. He’s missed two games this season due to injury, and he’d be higher in this race even as a defender if he was healthy for the entire year. His numbers would also be better, because the games he missed were Kentucky and FAU. Jones is a man-beast wearing #29.
4. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (SO)
Team Stats: 7-2 and ranked #8 in the country
Individual Stats: 15 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks
Heisman Buzz: We could be witnessing the best defensive lineman to ever play in the SEC in Jadeveon Clowney. Some coaches have called him the best they’ve ever seen. He disrupts the game in so many different ways. He’s the Lebron James of college football, dominant in every way. He’s been hampered by an ankle injury he suffered earlier in the season, but that didn’t stop him from forcing a fumble against Tyler Bray this weekend with 1:08 left on the clock when Tennessee had the football with a chance to win. If he doesn’t get to the quarterback, he knocks the ball down and tips passes at the line of scrimmage. The only thing stopping Clowney is his endurance or injury.