Stewart Mandel of FOXSports.com released his list of Heisman Trophy candidates so far this season, and it brought to mind a possibility.
The SEC, for the first time in more than a decade, could be shut out of the top five for Heisman voting.
Mandel tabs Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson as the trophy front-runner so far, followed by Washington QB Jake Browning, Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Michigan linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers.
SEC possibilities such as Trevor Knight and Chad Kelly, along with preseason hopefuls Leonard Forrnette and Nick Chubb, didn’t make the cut. It remains to be seen if someone can emerge (or re-emerge) out of the conference, but if this storyline holds, you have to go all the way back to 2005 when no SEC player cracked the Heisman top five. In fact, that year, no SEC player was even in the top 10.
That year, USC’s Reggie Bush won the award (although he later was forced to give it up). He was followed by Vince Young of Texas and Matt Leinart of USC. Rounding out the top 10 were Brady Quinn of Notre Dame, Michael Robinson of Penn State, A.J. Hawk of Ohio State, DeAngelo Williams of Memphis, Drew Olson of UCLA, Jerome Harrison of Washington State and Elvis Dumervil of Louisville.