SEC Heisman watch: Week 12

It won’t be too much longer before we turn in our real Heisman Trophy ballots, but here’s our weekly look in the SEC:

1. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: Once again, he proved he’s the best player in the country and did it under some of the most trying of circumstances. Newton passed for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in Auburn’s 49-31 win against Georgia. Unless he gets stopped in his tracks two weeks from now by Alabama’s defense or something else develops off the field, he’s the runaway favorite to become Auburn’s third Heisman Trophy winner.

2. Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: With two more touchdowns to his credit last week against Vanderbilt, Cobb has now accounted for 16 this season. He rushed for a career-high 170 yards against the Commodores and is the only player in the country with more than 2,000 all-purpose yards (2,047). Cobb needs 264 more yards to break Darren McFadden’s SEC record for all-purpose yardage in a season.

3. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: Determined to close strong, Mallett accounted for six touchdowns last week in the 58-21 thrashing of UTEP. He threw five touchdown passes and now leads the SEC with 24. He also leads the league with 2.967 passing yards and has a chance to join Florida’s Danny Wuerffel, Kentucky’s Tim Couch and Kentucky’s Andre Woodson as the only quarterbacks in SEC history to pass for 3,000 yards and throw 30 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons.