SEC Heisman Watch: Week 2


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

Let’s roll post week two:

1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Last week’s stats: 439 total yards, 4 total TDs
Buzz: Manziel is putting up serious numbers in the pocket. We haven’t really seen him outside the pocket through two weeks, but Manziel has thrown for 520 yards and six TDs in basically five quarters of play.

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2. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Last week’s stats: 30 carries for 134 yards and 1 TD
Buzz: Gurley is still the best back in the country, and he could go down as one of the SEC’s all-time greats. The Dawgs rode Gurley late against Carolina, and he’s rushed for 286 yards and three TDs in two weeks.

3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Last week’s stats: 17 of 23 for 309 yards and 4 TDs
Buzz: It was sweet redemption for Murray last week, torching the Gamecocks’ defense. Murray has thrown for 632 yards and five TDs in two weeks.

4. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
Last week’s stats: Bye Week
Buzz: McCarron will have college football’s biggest stage this week to shine against the Aggies.

5. TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama
Last week’s stats: Bye Week
Buzz: Like McCarron, Yeldon will have the opportunity to make a statement Saturday against Texas A&M.

6. Odell Beckham, WR/KR/LSU
Last week’s stats: 331 all-purpose yards, 4 TDs
Buzz: Beckham is finally become the player we all knew he could. He has combined for 503 yards – 254 receiving, 59 punt return, 157 kick return. Beckham is LSU’s weapon.

Others getting looks:

  • WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
  • RB Alex Collins, Arkansas
  • RB Mike Davis, South Carolina
  • QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU

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  • I’d have have Gurley ahead of Manziel at this point, only by virtue of the level of competition they’ve both played against. Now, if Manziel comes out this weekend and makes Alabama’s defense look silly again, he should be the front-runner. But putting up those type of numbers against two nobodies should be a given for the reigning Heisman winner.

  • If McCarron and Yeldon do not perform well against that TAMU defense this Saturday you can likely remove both of them from this list. Especially if Bama takes the L and Johnny gets his shine on. Conversely if the Bama D finds a way to stop the passing attack of aTm and gets Johnny to cough up a couple of TOs he could also be in jeopardy. With the schedule that Louisville plays it’s hard to imagine Bridgewater slipping much which doesn’t leave much room for error.

  • I know I’m a homer, but look back at the first two games for A&M. Against Rice, Johnny played PART of the third quarter. Against Sam, he played the first half and PART of the third quarter again. We’re looking at barely over 3 quarters of play for those stats.

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