SEC Week 3 Heisman Watch: T.J. Yeldon's stock on the decline
The third installment of our SEC Heisman Watch features three legitimate contenders after the first three weeks of the season:
- Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M: Despite holding the football just 16 minutes against Rice, Hill managed four touchdown passes and maintained his SEC-lead in passing yardage, now at a school-record 1,094 through three games.
- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: Losses obviously hurt a Heisman campaign, but Gurley has nothing to hang his head about concerning Saturday’s game at South Carolina. The talented junior rushed for 131 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown and had a second 54-yard score wiped away on a holding penalty.
- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: On pace for an 1,800-yard season, Cooper’s spectacular campaign continued against Southern Miss with 135 yards receiving and a touchdown. If Cooper gashes Florida for 150-plus yards and a couple touchdowns against elite corner Vernon Hargreaves, he’ll move into the top spot on this list.
- Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri: It’s tough to ignore this gunslinger’s hot start who is tied with two other players for the FBS lead in touchdown passes (12). He’ll get one more chance to pad the stats on Saturday against Indiana before the Tigers’ SEC season begins at South Carolina.
- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama: Sharing carries early with Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake’s a suitable plan for the Crimson Tide who plans on utilizing the junior running back in SEC play by keeping him fresh, but the last two outings — 16 carries, 99 yards — have crippled Heisman chances. The silver lining? He’ll be in the spotlight the rest of the way during league play with plenty of chances against ranked teams to show out.