The second installment of our SEC Heisman Watch features three legitimate contenders after the first two weeks of the season:
- Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M: The numbers piled up for Hill during the Aggies’ 73-3 win over Lamar after the sophomore quarterback threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns. On the season, he leads the SEC in passing with 794 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: After showcasing his talent on a national stage against Clemson in the season opener, Gurley got to watch from the couch Saturday during Georgia’s bye week. The Bulldogs’ next game at South Carolina could eliminate the Gamecocks from division title contention and presents another opportunity at a marquee performance vs. a ranked team for Gurley.
- Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn: It’s still early, but it appears Artis-Payne is Auburn’s top player of the year candidate, not Nick Marshall. The senior bruiser posted his second straight 100-yard game over the weekend and scored three times. Artis-Payne’s one of three players averaging more than 6 yards per carry for the Tigers.
- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: In need of a big play? Throw it to Amari. That’s been the game plan for Alabama early as the Crimson Tide break-in new quarterbacks this season. Short, safe throws to No. 9 have led to sizable gains for college football’s leaders in receptions and yards. Against Florida Atlantic, Cooper accumulated a personal-best 13 catches and surpassed the 180-yard mark for the first time in his career.
- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama: The Crimson Tide’s featured back had a light workload against Florida Atlantic thanks to Alabama’s dominance through the air. His seven attempts for 43 yards was the fifth-lowest output of his career and dropped him down several notches nationally in rushing statistics.
- Travin Dural, WR, LSU: It’s obvious early that Dural’s intent on becoming one of the league’s top playmakers, averaging 48.5 yards per catch with a conference-best four touchdown receptions. The Tigers badly need a reliable receiver on the outside following the departure of dual 1,000-yard standouts Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham and Dural looks the part.