Randall Cobb takes most of the headlines, but it’s been Derrick Locke putting up the best numbers for the Cats so far this year. Despite this, Cobb has also gotten most of the love in terms of SEC Player of the Year attention, at least until now.
ESPN’s Chris Low takes a weekly look at who is making moves in the POY race, and Locke apparently has caught Low’s attention as he makes an appearance at #5 on the list for his consistent all-around performance this season. Here’s the rundown of the race on the offensive side of the ball:
1. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn
2. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
3. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
4. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
5. Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky: Randall Cobb gets a lot of the pub at Kentucky and deservedly so. But Locke leads the SEC in all-purpose yardage, is second in rushing and has also scored seven touchdowns.
So the good news is that more and more people seem to be taking notice of the really good season Locke is having. The bad news? It would be awfully tough to leapfrog the top 3 on the list both because of their talent and the buzz their seasons have already created. The worse news? The guy at the top of the list will be touching the ball every time Auburn snaps it on Saturday in Commonwealth, and he’s a beast. But that’s no way to end a post, so instead we’ll go back to the good news, which if you’ve forgotten already, is that more and more people seem to be taking notice of the really good season Locke is having. See…much better.
Go Big Blue.