Johnny Manziel is the defending Heisman Trophy winner, but he is not the favorite SEC player to win the trophy in 2013. That distinction belongs to Jadeveon Clowney, according to Athlon Magazine.
SEC players have won four of the past six Heismans and the trend could continue in 2013.
Athlon’s top 10 Heisman candidates in the SEC:
Playing an arguably large part in Clowney's rise is "The Hit," his take-down of Michigan's unfortunate Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl. Video of the massive tackle that sent Smith's helmet flying during a turnover play that helped the Gamecocks win the game went viral.
For the ESPY's, broadcast at 9 p.m. July 17, ESPN is using a bracket voting system to narrow the field for its Best Play category. Clowney's hit is the No. 1 seed.