SEC Heisman watch: Week 1


Each week on SDS, we’ll recap the previous week for all legitimate SEC Heisman candidates.

This week’s projections are based largely off preseason projections.

Let’s roll for week 1:

1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Last week’s stats: 12 carries, 154 yards, 2 TDs
Buzz: Gurley was the best player on the field, no matter the ink that Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins get. If Gurley can stay healthy, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in New York, unless Georgia completely falls off the map.

Related: Ranking the 5 best SEC RB commits

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Last week’s stats: 6 of 8 for 94 yards, 3 TDs; 19 yards rushing
Buzz: Manziel only played one half, but he threw three TDs against Rice. Expect big numbers this week against Sam Houston State.

3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Last week’s stats: 20 of 29 for 323 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
Buzz: All hope isn’t lost for Murray, but Georgia has to keep winning for Murray to be in the Heisman spotlight.

Related: 5 SEC QB commits to remember

4. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
Last week’s stats: 10 of 23 for 110 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Buzz: McCarron looked rattled because of the forgettable O-line play, and Alabama will have to make an undefeated run, with McCarron having a monster SEC Championship, in order to win this award.

5. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Last week’s stats: 3 tackles, 0 sacks
Buzz: One of the bigger head scratcher was Clowney’s inability to make a major impact. UNC did a great job scheming against him. Can Georgia effectively orchestrate that? It sure worked.

6. TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama
Last week’s stats: 17 carries, 75 yards, 1 TD
Buzz: Yeldon only amassed 17 carries for 75 yards and one TD in a win over Virginia Tech, and like McCarron, Yeldon struggled to find any running room.

Related: 5 uncommitted prospects every SEC fan should know

Others who had strong weeks:

  • RB Henry Josey, Missouri
  • RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
  • WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
  • WR/KR Odell Beckham, LSU

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  • Gurley could have had a MONSTER game if he hadn’t been hurt for the second quarter. Also, another tidbit: take away his 75-yarder and he still has 11 carries for 79 yards. What a friggin’ beast.

  • Gurley had a few runs called back – specifically one about 20 yards where he crossed the 50 in the second half – if it wasn’t for the holding call, he could have easily had 200 yards

  • “Others Who Had Strong Weeks”, and BAMA’s Christion Jones doesn’t even get a MENTION? A punt return for TD, a kick-off return for TD, a pass reception for TD, 256 yds of total offense, and that doesn’t merit a “strong week”?

  • What this article tells me is, so far the Heisman will not be given to anyone in the SEC.

  • there should not be a Heisman watch this early in the season! – they should abolish mention of it at all until after the 6th week! then someone can sneak up on you!

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