The Heisman Pundit has released its 2012 Heisman Trophy Watch List, and six of the 18 players on the list are from the SEC.
Nationally, USC quarterback Matt Barkley is the early favorite. But if you're looking for a favorite out of the SEC, it's probably Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, who passed for 3,639 yards last season.
The other five SEC players making the list were Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Arkansas running back Knile Davis, Missouri quarterback James Franklin, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
If Lattimore's healthy and the Gamecocks win 10-plus games again, he's definitely somebody to watch with his ability to make things happen both running and catching the football. Plus, he scores a ton of touchdowns.
If I had to pick two players out of the SEC right now who have the best chance to legitimately be in the 2012 Heisman race, Wilson and Lattimore would be the two I picked. Don't forget about Davis, either, if he returns to his 2010 form after missing all of last season with a fractured ankle.
Here's the entire watch list from Heisman Pundit:
Tavon Austin, Sr., AP, West Virginia
Montee Ball, Sr., RB, Wisconsin
Matt Barkley, Sr., QB, USC
Tajh Boyd, Jr., QB, Clemson
Tyler Bray, Jr., QB, Tennessee
Knile Davis, Jr., RB, Arkansas
James Franklin, Jr., QB, Missouri
Landry Jones, Sr., QB, Oklahoma
Collin Klein, Sr., QB, Kansas State
Marcus Lattimore, Jr., RB, South Carolina
Aaron Murray, Jr., QB, Georgia
Keith Price, Jr., QB, Washington
Denard Robinson, Sr., QB, Michigan
Geno Smith, Sr., QB, West Virginia
De’Anthony Thomas, So., RB, Oregon
Sammy Watkins, So, WR, Clemson
Tyler Wilson, Sr., QB, Arkansas
Cierre Wood, Sr., RB, Notre Dame