Tuesday, November 27, 2012
SEC Heisman Watch: Week 14
By Edward Aschoff
This is the final week for Heisman movement, and we've added one more late entry to the SEC's list:
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: For his final act, Johnny Football went all Willis Reed and Paul Pierce (sans wheelchair) on the Missouri Tigers. Manziel tweaked his knee at the end of a run in the first quarter and actually had to leave the game. He later came back with a brace on his left knee and proceeded to carve up the Tigers' defense like a Thanksgiving turkey. Manziel actually looked slipperier and more elusive with the brace on. He finished his final game of the regular season completing 32 of 44 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns while running for 67 yards and two more scores. He ended the night with 4,600 yards of total offense on the year, becoming the SEC's single-season total-yardage record-holder. Yeah, that's better than Cam Newton in 2010. He has 43 total touchdowns this season and has thrown only eight interceptions. He's clearly the Heisman front-runner right now and I dare you to find a more exciting player in college football.
2. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: All of a sudden, Murray is back in the race. He might be flying way under the radar nationally, but Murray has been sensational since the second half of the Florida game in October. Since then, he has thrown 14 touchdowns to zero interceptions. He also has thrown for 1,137 yards in the Bulldogs' past four games and leads the nation with a passer rating of 177.15. He completed 14 of 17 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia's blowout win over Georgia Tech this past weekend, and on the season, Murray has thrown for 3,201 yards and 30 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He has one last chance to make it in the national race with an impressive showing against Alabama and its No. 1-ranked defense inside the Georgia Dome on Saturday.