Here’s a look at the national scene on the Heisman Trophy through nine weeks, via Heisman Pundit.
1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2. Jameis Winston, QB, FSU
3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
4. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
5. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois
Here’s a specific look at the SEC:
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Two for the show
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Last week’s stats: 25 of 35 for 305 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
Season stats: 3,091 yards, 28 TDs, 8 INTs
Buzz: Manziel lit up the Commodores’ secondary for 305 yards and four TDs with an injured shoulder, and his consistent numbers and stellar play will make a run for another Heisman. But he must beat LSU and Missouri, two games that will be seen on the national stage.
2. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
Last week’s stats: 19 of 27 of 275 yards, 2 TDs
Season stats: 145 of 209 for 1,862 yards, 16 TDs, 3 INTs
Buzz: McCarron sliced and diced the Vols’ secondary, completing over 70 percent of his passes. The arrival of WR Amari Cooper will help boost McCarron’s production and numbers down the stretch run, and the Tide will need to stay undefeated if McCarron has a shot to win the award.
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3. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Last week’s stats: five catches for 77 yards, 2 TDs
Season stats: 48 catches for 1,101 yards, 11 TDs
Buzz: Evans is the best receiver in college football, and he’s better than Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. Evans added a 43-yard TD reception from Manziel, and he’s proven time and time again he can get behind any secondary. He’ll be a first-round pick this spring.
Related: SEC team stats through week 9
4. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
Last week’s stats: 19 carries for 51 yards, 10 catches for 99 yards
Season stats: 151 carries for 930 yards, 27 catches for 300 yards, 10 total TDs
Buzz: Davis fumbled twice in the first half in last week’s win against Missouri, but Steve Spurrier stayed with him down the stretch. Most of Davis’ damage was done on the receiving end in the fourth quarter as opposed to the running game. South Carolina will have to win out and win the SEC Championship should Davis want to be invited to New York.
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