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SEC superlative tracker: Week 8

It's time to look at an update in our weekly awards race here in the SEC. With major injuries to South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Tennessee's Tyler Bray, we added two new names to the list this week in their places and here's where we stand:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: With his 183-yard performance against Ole Miss over the weekend, Richardson has now rushed for more than 100 yards in six straight games this season and should have his name right at the top of the Heisman Trophy race.

2. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: We knew Wilson had the arm to put up some great numbers in his first year as the Razorbacks' starter, but after combining for 772 yards and five touchdown in his past two games, Wilson is looking scarier and scarier. He currently leads the SEC with 1,779 passing yards and has 12 passing touchdowns.

3. Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn: Dyer knew he would get more carries and take on more responsibility this season, and he's handled both extremely well for a sophomore. Dyer has been Auburn's most consistent offensive weapon and is currently third in the conference in rushing.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: While he didn't have eye-popping numbers against Tennessee last week, Mathieu continued to show how dangerous he can be on the field, by forcing the Vols to throw away from him for most of the day. Expect the Honey Badger to find his way to the ball more often this weekend against Auburn.

2. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Even with his foot injury acting up again, Ingram was still able to cause Mississippi State headaches last week. He finished the game with four tackles, including 1.5 for loss.

3. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama: Uphsaw was a terror in Ole Miss' backfield over the weekend as he registered two sacks, a quarterback hurry and forced a fumble. Upshaw continues to be one of the conference's most active linebackers.

COACH OF THE YEAR

1. Les Miles, LSU: The Mad Hatter just keeps winning and now he's doing it by using more of that two-quarterback system. What could be a distraction and cause a split in the locker room has actually lifted the offense in the past few weeks.

2. Gene Chizik, Auburn: Chizik and his Tigers just keep finding ways to win. After getting blown out by Arkansas two weeks ago, the Tigers came right back and shut down Florida at home. Chizik is making the right adjustments at the right times.

3. Nick Saban, Alabama: Saban joins our list because of the way his team is playing. Alabama has some of the best talent in the entire country and it has every reason to play down to its competition at times, but not with Saban in charge. The Crimson Tide are playing like the best team in the country right now because Saban refuses to lets his players think ahead and get complacent.