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SEC Football: Top 2014 Heisman Trophy candidates from each team

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Dec 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; The Heisman Trophy is seen during a press conference before the announcement of the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC has claimed four of the last seven Heisman Trophy winners, most recently Johnny Manziel in 2012, and after having three finalists for the award coming from the marquee conference in college football a season ago, the conference once again loaded with talent to try and send another trio to the Downtown Athletic Club again in 2014.

Quarterbacks are the odds-on favorite to take home the most prestigious individual honor in sports, but this year’s ensemble of top SEC Heisman contenders features the running back position, which has only won two of the past 14 awards, including Reggie Bush in 2005 who had to vacate his award after NCAA sanctions.

Mark Ingram was the last runner to take home the stiff-armed bronze statue when he became the first winner for Alabama in 2009, and the SEC boasts at least three runners capable of replicating his 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns he produced in his historical campaign.

You may as well call the 2014 season “The Year of the Running Back” in the SEC with the dearth of returning starters at quarterback, but there is still star power, including the starter for last year’s SEC champion and one dark horse pick who led his team in passing and rushing last season.

This list of the top 2014 Heisman Trophy candidates from each SEC team features some established stars, budding superstars and hidden gems to give the conference the best shot at preventing last year’s winner, Jameis Winston, from becoming the first repeat winner since Archie Griffin won in 1974 and 1975 for Ohio State.

After you scroll through the list, leave your pick for the SEC’s top Heisman candidate in the comments section below.

*Note players listed in alphabetical order of their school.

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