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Who are the top SEC and overall candidates? Assuming everyone comes back.
Mine for SEC: Manziel, McCarron, Murray, Clowney
-McCarron could turn in Lacy (If he comes back) or Yeldon
-Murray could turn into Gurley.
Chances are UA and UGA kids will offset each other.
-Going to be extremely difficult for Manziel to repeat because the voter won't like it.
-Could Clowney be the SEC's best choice? He's due for a monster season IMO.
Nationally: Braxton Miller going to get lot of love and Marquise Lee who is at another level WR wise.
My guess at top 3: Miller (OSU not going to lose many games) Lee (Going to break records if he has a QB) and Manziel (As a previous winner who should have a good season)
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Clowney will gain some momentum as the 1st real defensive player to win. I think Manzeil takes a step back. He's most likely losing both tackles. Plus I think he's made a living by catching us at a great time this year. Without that win in T-town, he's probably not holding the trophy. That will be a huge revenge game next year and I'm curious how both teams respond.
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Yes that early season Bama-A&M match-up is going to be great to watch. Agree on the OT's those guys are two of the best in the country. They change the way a defense attacks. Plus UA should be a faster, most athletic group next year.
I'm really not sure about next year, but one thing is for sure. In the next 5-10 years a defensive player will win it. There has been a huge push by the media over the past few years (ever since Suh) for a defensive guy to win it. I think the next defender to turn in big stats could walk away with it, and Clowney seams a sure thing to turn in big stats.
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Yes, towards the end of the year Clowney turned into that player everyone expected. Bad news for the East. He looked unstoppable at times.
Lee is amazing. He'll have the best shot of any WR I've ever seen but how much will a new QB effect his numbers? Also, it's hard for me to imagine USC having the type of year it takes to get to New York. As bad as I hate it, I don't see AJ getting there, but could still be a high draft pick.
I know that new SC QB can throw it about 70 yards so I'm expecting to see a lot of deep balls. LOL
Agree on AJ will be tough for him. But a run at another NC game won't hurt.
It's going to be tough for Manziel to repeat with the losses he may take on the O-Line, plus A&M's offense will be the subject of a lot of film study this off season. Mariota at Oregon should have a good shot with the gaudy numbers he will put up in a weak defensive conference. A.J. will have to be in the discussion with what he has done during his career and with Alabama's entire receiving corp returning, A.J. could set a lot of school records next year.
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Alabama has a kid named Amari Cooper I'd keep an eye on.
I expect it to be a pretty good race next year as opposed to this season, primarily because it seems like most of the top talent in CFB were freshmen or sophomores this season.
Jeremy Hill from LSU is one that may have a chance, but kind of like Yeldon or Lacy next year, a lot of that will probably depend on how often they split carries
Marcus Mariota, and De'Anthony Thomas are two others (not sure if he'll get enough touches), but like most pointed out Marqise Lee and Braxton Miller are probably the top two non-SEC candidates.
Mid-major guys never really have a chance of winning, but Fresno State QB Derek Carr could make some noise at least as a candidate. Had a really good season and has a shot of being at or near the top of QB's taken in the 2014 draft.
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I think Johnny football caught some by surprise this year. I think they didn't prepare for him like they will next year. I expect him to have another good year but numbers to be way down.
Sorry haven't done my research for this but, what about the running back for ucla, franklin? Is he gone after this year? That dude is very good.
Assuming we win ou next game and we play to ability next year and are in the mix and undefeated; I believe AJ might be a tough out if he has a good season. While it typically does not happen, I think it may very well next season, where a players body of work is considered and not just the season's.
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1. Braxton Miller- easy schedule, Meyers offense will revolve around him even more next year.
2. AJ McCarron- if we win in January, he will have some crazy stats in W/L/NC column that no one ever has. Putting up an undefeated season next year and he is easily in NY.
3. Marcus Mariota- he will not have Barner beside him, but with the lose Mariota may be able to have to more designed run plays designed around him. DAT will help him, and i think he will put up huge numbers in a weak..very weak defensive conference.
4. Eddie Lacy/TJ Yeldon- I think if Lacy does move on Yeldon will have a Richardson like year. Yes a new offensive line, but Yeldon has a nact for making big runs in crucial times. Lacy would have a tougher time getting to NY because of the amount of carries. Again an undefeated season will be the main factor.
5 Marquise Lee- Yes he may be the beat WR in the nation, but a new QB has to get gim the ball. Im not sure if he will put up the huge numbers from this year, buy he will start off high in the conversation.
I think some other QBs may enter the conversation during the year. Watch for Teddy Bridgewater to be one of them.
And Johnny Heisman winning as a RS freshman brings up a good question. Winning the Heisman is always GREAT, but will winning it your first season, as a RS freshman put him at a disadvantage for the rest of his career? Most didn't know what to expect from him this season. He wasn't even the starter until a few weeks before the first game. Now he has a target on his back and every team on their schedule next season will break him down and be ready for his talent. With that and losing their best offensive lineman, if he has another season next season like this year, he will deserve to be in NY again.
If you look at the SEC for potential pre-season picks, no one really jumps off the page. But as a poster noted above, the past three winners didn't jump off the page pre-season. So who has the best potential?
TJ, AJ, Coop, Gurley, Manziel, Clowney, and a healthy K. Davis (with Bielema's run first approach).
I think TJ Yeldon could have a MONSTER year next year.
From the SEC these I would put into the hat:
Kniles Davis...comeback to form?
Murray (if he comes back)
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