Auburn quarterback Cam Newton made the voting process for this award pretty easy last season. The Heisman Trophy winner led the SEC in passing and rushing and guided the Tigers to an undefeated season.
However, 2011 has a handful of worthy candidates for the award.
Alabama might have the most talented running back in the league in junior Trent Richardson. He finally gets to be the feature back in the Tide's offense. With his speed and strength, he should be as effective as Mark Ingram was. He could be even better. Expect the offense to lean on him with a new, young quarterback taking over.
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore was the 2010 SEC Freshman on the Year, so he'll naturally be a favorite to win this award in the fall. Like Richardson, if the Gamecocks put a young quarterback out there, Lattimore will see his number of carries rise.
Quarterbacks account for most of the offensive production, and now that Georgia's Aaron Murray has a year under his belt, he could be a stat machine in his second season. Also, guiding an offense that lost the likes of A.J. Green will only help his chances of taking the award.
But Tyler Wilson might throw for enough yards to win the award for two. He figures to fit right into Arkansas' offense and has the advantage of having the best trio of receivers in the SEC.