Aaron Murry, Sr. QB, Georgia
Another stud quarterback who puts up big numbers in the SEC. Murray threw for 36 touchdowns and 3800 yards against only 10 interceptions in a conference that is a pipeline to the NFL on the defensive side of the ball. Murray came 4 yards short of leading Georgia to the national championship game last year. If he can continue to play at the level he has the past three years and take advantage of the favorable schedule, Murray can slip into the Heisman race.
Lache Seastrunk, Jr. RB, Baylor
I’m not sure if Seastrunk would have made my list if he hadn’t guaranteed that he would win the Heisman in the offseason. However, that doesn’t mean he lacks talent. Seastrunk ran for over 1000 yards on 7.7 YPC and 7 touchdowns. While he benefits from Baylor’s up-tempo style, you have to wonder if he’ll get the carries to put up the video game numbers running backs need these days to win the Heisman. If he can improve and is getting more than 10 touches a game, expect Seastrunk to shred those non-existent Big 12 defenses and get voters’ attention.
Teddy Bridgewater, Jr. QB, Louisville
Last we saw Bridgewater, he was tearing apart Will Muschamp’s vaunted Gator defense. He threw for 266 yards and 2 TDs (and 1 INT on a tipped pass) against a defense that had NFL scouts salivating. Many scouts believe that he will be the first signal caller off the board if he declares for the draft after this year. He showed tremendous strides forward after his freshman year and should be able to improve with another offseason with head coach Charlie Strong. His numbers were impressive last year, but he may need to elevate his game even further if he wants people to overlook that fact that he plays in a conference that is scarcely above the WAC.