Ranking the Top 5 Heisman Contenders from the SEC
A lot of exception talent exited the league after last season, with players like Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, and Aaron Murray all now playing at the next level.
But, of course, this is the SEC. Teams don't rebuild -- they simply reload.
There are several players around the league that could contend for college football's most prestigious individual award, and in the process, help their teams in the quest for a national championship. Considering the SEC's recent dominance, it's not a stretch to think that multiple players from the league could make a run at the award.
Which players in the SEC have the best chance at making the trip to New York? Let's run though the top five candidates.
5. Dak Prescott (QB, Mississippi State)
The Heisman push has already started for Prescott since Mississippi State is considered by most to be a sleeper pick to win the SEC West. That's probably what it would take for Prescott to enter the discussion, but given how talented he is, he's going to put up ridiculous numbers regardless of the Bulldogs' success in terms of wins and losses.
4. Mike Davis (RB, South Carolina)
South Carolina is in a position to earn its second SEC East division title in school history. It will be a tall task with Connor Shaw gone at quarterback, but running back Davis has the potential to completely carry the offense on his own. Davis rushed for nearly 1,200 yards last season and will figure to get an even larger workload this season. If the Gamecocks win the East, the junior running back will likely be sitting in New York City with a chance at winning the Heisman.
3. TJ Yeldon (RB, Alabama)
The fact that Alabama has so many good running backs could actually hurt Yeldon's chances at winning the award. Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry will join Yeldon in the Crimson Tide backfield, with all three set to put up huge numbers. There's no doubt that Alabama has the roster to contend for yet another national championship, and overall, Yeldon is the one with the best chance at also capturing the Heisman.
2. Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia)
If someone asks you who the best running back in the country is, you only have to look above for the answer. Gurley is going to be the best player on a team that has an excellent shot at running the table. Georgia is the favorite to win the East right now and with Gurley healthy and at his best, it's hard to see anyone stopping this team.
1. Nick Marshall (QB, Auburn)
Marshall has always been dangerous on the ground, but now with his aerial skills greatly improved, he's easily the top pick for best Heisman contender in the SEC. Until someone can stop Gus Malzahn's high-powered offense, Marshall is going to continue to put up filthy numbers. The Tigers should be competing for the national championship, so there is no doubt that Marshall will be right in the thick of things in the race for the Heisman trophy.
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