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Who are the top 15 players for 2014?
The SEC couldn’t close the BCS era with an eighth consecutive national championship, but the conference is still the best in the nation. With a conference deep in playoff contenders and top 25 teams, there’s no shortage of individual talent on all 14 rosters.
In order to rank the top 15 players in the SEC for 2014, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2014 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2014.
A point system was assigned, giving 15 points for a player with a No. 1 vote, 14 points for a No. 2 vote, 13 points for a No. 3 vote and so on.
Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports (@AthlonSteven)
Braden Gall, Athlon Sports (@BradenGall)
Josh Ward, MrSEC.com (@Josh_Ward)
Matt Scalici, AL.com/Sports (@MattScalici)
Zac Ellis, SI.com (@ZacEllis)
Josh Kendall, TheState.com (@JoshatTheState)
Thomas Goldkamp, GatorBait.net (@Goldkamp247)
Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report (@BarrettSallee)
Matt Wyatt, Head to Head Radio (@MaroonWyatt)
Russ Mitchell, CollegeFootballNews.com (@RussMitchellCFB)
David Fox, Athlon Sports (@DavidFox615)
Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com (@BCrawfordSDS)
Mitch Light, Athlon Sports (@AthlonMitch)
SEC Logo, (@SEC_Logo)
Peter Flournoy, DrSEC.org (@TheDrSEC)
Ross Dellenger, The Advocate (@DellengerAdv)
Ben Roberts, Lexington Herald-Leader (@NextCats)
Wess Moore, Fox16/93.3 The Source, (@Wess_Moore)
Ranking the SEC's Best Players for 2014 (Experts Poll)
|1||Todd Gurley, RB||19||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||341|
|2||Vernon Hargreaves III, CB||2||5||4||5||1||4||0||0||1||0||270|
|3||Amari Cooper, WR||1||3||3||1||3||1||3||1||2||0||220|
|4||Cedric Ogbuehi, OT||0||5||4||3||0||2||2||1||1||0||218|
|5||T.J. Yeldon, RB||0||3||3||3||1||0||2||1||1||2||183|
|6||Nick Marshall, QB||1||2||1||1||2||2||2||2||0||2||177|
|7||Landon Collins, S||0||1||1||2||3||2||3||2||2||0||161|
|8||Mike Davis, RB||0||0||1||1||4||1||2||1||0||0||128|
|9T||Ramik Wilson, LB||0||0||1||0||2||2||1||0||2||1||110|
|9T||La'El Collins, OT||0||0||1||1||1||1||3||2||1||1||110|
|11||Dante Fowler, DL||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||1||1||1||76|
|12T||A'Shawn Robinson, DL||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||3||63|
|12T||A.J. Cann, OG||0||0||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||63|
|14||Reese Dismukes, C||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||2||59|
|15||Cody Prewitt, S||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3||1||55|
|16||Chris Jones, DL||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||49|
|17||Dak Prescott, QB||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||1||48|
|18||Laquon Treadwell, WR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||1||44|
|19||Benardrick McKinney, LB||0||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||41|
|20||Robert Nkemdiche, DT||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||37|
|21||Derrick Henry, RB||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||35|
|22||Laremy Tunsil, OT||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||34|
|23T||A.J. Johnson, LB||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||33|
|23T||Sammie Coates, WR||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3||0||33|
|25||O.J. Howard, TE||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||26|
|26T||Markus Golden, DE||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||20|
|26T||Trey DePriest, LB||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||20|
|26T||Trey Flowers, DE||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||20|
|29||Maty Mauk, QB||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||17|
|30T||Leonard Fournette, RB||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||11|
|30T||Arie Kouandjio, OG||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||11|
|32||Bo Wallace, QB||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||7|
|33T||Gabe Wright, DL||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6|
|33T||Jalen Mills, S||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||6|
|35||Jordan Jenkins, LB||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5|
|36T||Bud Dupree, DE||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|36T||Christion Jones, WR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|38||Alex Collins, RB||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|39T||Jameon Lewis, WR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|39T||Drew Kaser, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
A Few Observations
* Georgia running back Todd Gurley received 19 of the 23 first-place votes. He was also the only player to appear on all 23 ballots.
* The East and West Divisions are represented almost equally in the top 10. Six players from the West make the top 10, while four make an appearance from the East.
* The T.J. Yeldon/Derrick Henry dynamic will be interesting to watch in Tuscaloosa this year. Yeldon ranked No. 5 in voting, while Henry ranked No. 21. There’s a good chance Henry pushes Yeldon for the team lead in rushing in 2014.
* The gap in total points between Dak Prescott and Bo Wallace was surprising. Prescott held a commanding 48 to 7 edge in voting, placing the Bulldogs’ passer as the No. 2 quarterback in the SEC in this experts poll.
* Alabama had the most players (nine) receive a vote. Ole Miss ranked No. 2 with five players receiving votes.
* Is South Carolina guard A.J. Cann underrated? The senior appeared on just six ballots but ranks as the No. 2 guard for the 2015 NFL Draft.
* 13 of 14 teams had a player receive a vote. Vanderbilt was the only team to not have a player receive consideration for the top 15. Two players who could end up on this list at the end of the year for the Commodores: Running back Jerron Seymour and linebacker Caleb Azubike.
* One player to watch: Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. The sophomore recorded 6.5 sacks last season and should push for first-team All-SEC honors under the direction of new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Floyd did not receive a top 15 vote in this experts poll.