10. Arkansas – QB Tyler Wilson
Tyler Wilson will be at the helm of a stacked offense for the Razorbacks. He has great wide receivers, running backs, tight ends — any weapon a quarterback could want. Furthermore, with a questionable defense, the pressure will be on Wilson to score early and often. Even though he has to square off against some of the nation’s toughest defenses, look for Wilson to put up some big numbers in the fall.
9. South Carolina – DE Jadeveon Clowney
Facing off against Clowney is anything but fun. The No. 1 overall recruit in the country two seasons ago, Clowney is a workout warrior and an absolute beast. He had 37 total tackles and 8 sacks in limited playing time as a true freshman, so the sky is the limit for him as he steps into a bigger role this year. Look out, SEC quarterbacks.
8. Michigan – QB Denard Robinson
Is it even fair to call Denard “Shoelace” Robinson a quarterback? He does so much more than throw the football. He is super quick, and as athletic as any player in America. He is a prototypical dual-threat quarterback, as evidenced by his 2,100 passing yards and 1,100 rushing yards last season. He has some very high-profile games on the schedule this year (versus Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State to name a few), so he should have numerous chances to catapult himself into the Heisman race.
7. Florida State – QB E.J. Manuel
E.J. Manuel is one of many faces of the 2012 Florida State team. The defense is stacked with All-Americans, so Manuel simply needs to play mistake-free football for the Seminoles to accomplish great things. He had 2,800 total yards and 22 touchdowns last season, demonstrating that he is a very capable and dangerous leader. If he puts together an even better senior campaign, look out for Florida State.
6. Georgia – QB Aaron Murray
Aaron Murray was a more-than-serviceable quarterback as a sophomore when he threw for 3,100 yards and 35 touchdowns, with just 14 interceptions. The Bulldogs will be trying to catch up to SEC powerhouses Alabama and LSU this season, and to do so, Murray will have to play like a Heisman candidate.