QB, Kansas State, Sr.
This banger and bruiser plays the position with the toughness of a fullback. He ran for 27 TDs (the most of any FBS quarterback) and 1,141 yards in 2011, his first year as a starter. But he'll need to improve in the passing game to have a shot.
RB, South Carolina, Jr.
The 2010 national freshman of the year is still rehabbing from surgery on a torn left ACL and MCL, which ended his '11 season after seven games. If he returns to his workhorse form, he may be the SEC's best shot at a fourth Heisman in six years.
CB, LSU, Jr.
The Honey Badger took the nation by storm in 2011, producing game-changing plays and earning a trip to New York. He'll have (nick)name recognition on his side, but the fact remains that no player has won the trophy without playing some offense.
QB, Georgia, Jr.