Published September 12, 2012 - 10:25am
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Week two in the SEC is officially in the books, and we look ahead to week three when the following Heisman contenders will take the field once more.
Here are the top five contenders after week two:
1. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (JR): I came away very impressed with Aaron Murray this week. The knock against Murray is that he hasn’t been able to win the big game. He did just that last Saturday in Columbia with a 41-20 win over Missouri. Murray threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Georgia has a very favorable schedule moving forward, too, and I expect more big numbers and multiple-touchdown games ahead.
2. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee (JR): Bray has been the most impressive offensive player in the SEC through the first two weeks. He’s thrown for a total of 643 yards and six touchdowns, completing 73.8 percent of his passes and averaging 10.54 yards per attempt. But he hasn’t shown it in the SEC, yet. He gets that opportunity against Florida this weekend. A win against Florida could catapult him into the lead in the SEC on the young season.
3. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina (JR): Lattimore took a back seat Saturday to backup quarterback Dylan Thompson’s first start and three passing touchdowns. He wasn’t needed, and everyone would rather save Lattimore until SEC play anyway. He did carry the football 13 times for 40 yards and one touchdown. Expect those numbers to rise when Connor Shaw returns to the lineup.
4. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (JR): Wilson left in the first half of last week’s game against ULM, and he never returned. ULM upset the Razorbacks, and Wilson wasn’t there to defend the Warhawks’ late charge. He threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns before he left. It looks like he will not play this week against Alabama, although nothing is confirmed yet.
5. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (JR): Yeah, I went there. I put a defensive player on the list. Jones had a monster game in Columbia, and he was as important as Aaron Murray was. Jones caused havoc all night, picking off a pass and getting multiple sacks and a forced fumble. And he did it all with an injured groin. How’s that for production? Defenders not named Charles Woodson don’t win this award, but Jones is the best defensive player in the best defensive league in the country.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (JR): Hunter is the best wide receiver in this conference, and he has the most upside as well. His athleticism and pass-catching ability takes a back seat to no one. He caught eight passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns last week, and he currently leads the SEC with 17 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 12.9 yards per catch.