With the controversy surrounding Georgia running back Todd Gurley, we have a new Heisman front-runner in the SEC ... and maybe the entire country.
Gurley's indefinite suspension for possible violation of NCAA rules means Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott takes over as our top Heisman contender. While Gurley still leads the SEC in rushing yards (773), rushing touchdowns (eight), yards per carry (8.2) and has four 100-yard rushing games in five outings, it's unknown if he will return to the playing field this year. Still, it's not a bad trade off with Prescott.
He's been the SEC's best quarterback this season with 2,089 total yards of offense and 23 total touchdowns. The fact that he's just defeated three straight top-10 opponents hasn't exactly hurt his Heisman chances, either. In those three wins, Prescott has averaged 361.7 yards of offense (passing and rushing) and has 11 total touchdowns. He's also thrown for 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards in four of his last five games.
Here are three other players to keep an eye on:
Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State: Like this team in general, he isn't slowing down right now. During the Bulldogs' three-game winning streak over top-10 opponents, Robinson is averaging 133.7 rushing yards and has five touchdowns. He's second in the SEC with 689 rushing yards and yards per carry (7.0). He's tied for first with eight rushing touchdowns.
Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss: You just can't ignore what Dr. Bo has done this season, especially in SEC play. In three SEC games, all wins, Wallace averaged 310.3 yards of offense with seven touchdowns and zero turnovers. He's a major reason the Rebels are the No. 3 team in the nation. On the season, Wallace is second in the SEC with 1,700 passing yards and 15 touchdowns.
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: Despite leading the SEC with 54 receptions and 768 receiving yards, Cooper fell on our list because he was held to a season-low two catches for 22 yards during the Crimson Tide's win over Arkansas. He was hampered by an injury, but it doesn't appear serious.