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SEC's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

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The SEC hasn’t won a national title in the last two seasons, but this conference is still the best in the nation. And the two-year drought certainly won’t last much longer with the talent flowing to the 14 teams over the last few years on the recruiting trail.

With spring practice underway, it’s never too early to look ahead at 2015. Here’s a quick (and very early) primer on the SEC’s top 15 players for 2015. This list takes into account production so far in career, as well as a slight projection for the upcoming year. Of course, this list is all subject to change later this summer as depth charts and personnel shift during spring practice.

SEC's Pre-Spring Top 15 Players for 2015

1. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

2015 Year of Eligibility: Senior

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2014 Stats: 3,449 yards, 27 TDs, 11 INTs, 986 rush yards, 14 TDs

Prescott earned first-team All-SEC honors and guided Mississippi State to one of the best seasons in school history last year. He also led the SEC by averaging 341.2 total yards per game.

2. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior

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2014 Stats: 50 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 13 PBU

Hargreaves III has earned back-to-back first-team All-SEC honors and is one of the nation’s top lockdown cornerbacks.

3. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

2015 Year of Eligibility: Sophomore

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2014 Stats: 1,547 yards, 14 TDs, 18 catches, 213 yards, 2 TDs

Todd Gurley’s suspension and ACL tear didn’t derail Georgia’s offense, as Chubb emerged as one of the nation’s top running backs in the second half of 2014. Chubb averaged 165.4 rushing yards over the last eight games.

4. A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior

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2014 Stats: 49 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3 PBU, 1 FF

Robinson won’t record monster stats on Alabama’s defensive line, but he’s excellent at the point of attack and a critical piece in the rush defense.

5. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior

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2014 Stats: 35 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks

Nkemdiche has been a steady force on Ole Miss’ defense over the last two years. However, entering his junior campaign, Nkemdiche appears primed for his best season in Oxford.

6. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

2015 Year of Eligibility: Sophomore

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2014 Stats: 72 tackles, 20.5 TFL, 10 sacks

Barnett was one of the nation’s top freshmen in 2014 and led all SEC defenders with 18 tackles for loss in conference games. Here’s the scary part for the rest of the SEC: He’s only going to get better in 2015.

7. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior

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Tunsil is recovering from a significant leg injury suffered in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Florida native has earned All-SEC accolades in back-to-back seasons, including first-team honors in 2014.

8. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior

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2014 Stats: 48 receptions, 632 yards, 5 TDs

Treadwell’s 2014 campaign was cut short by a significant leg injury. However, all signs point to the junior returning to full strength by the fall. He should be the SEC’s No. 1 receiver next year.

9. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

2015 Year of Eligibility: Sophomore

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2014 Stats: 1,034 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 7 catches, 127 yards

Fournette is primed for a monster sophomore season. After rushing for 1,034 yards as a freshman and splitting time with Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard, Fournette should see over 200 carries in 2015. 

10. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2015 Year of Eligibility: Sophomore

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2014 Stats: 53 tackles, 14 TFL, 11.5 sacks

Garrett ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 247Sports Composite last season and certainly didn’t disappoint in his debut. In 12 games, Garrett led all Texas A&M defenders with 11.5 sacks and 14 tackles for a loss.

11. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

2015 Year of Eligibility: Sophomore

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Robinson started all 14 games as a true freshman at left tackle last season. He should push for All-America honors in 2015.

12. Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina

2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior

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2014 Stats: 69 catches, 1,136 yards, 9 TDs

Cooper is one of the nation’s top all-around players. In addition to his 69 receptions last season, Cooper rushed for 200 yards, passed for 78 yards and was South Carolina’s leading punt returner (75 yards on 15 attempts).

13. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior

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2014 Stats: 990 yards, 11 TDs, 5 catches, 133 yards, 2 TDs

With T.J. Yeldon off to the NFL, Henry is now the No. 1 back for the Alabama offense. Expect Henry to rush for 1,000 yards for the first time in his career this season.

14. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

2015 Year of Eligibility: Senior

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2014 Stats: 95 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF

Ragland is Alabama’s top returning tackler (95) and is one of the leaders for a defense that should have one of the nation’s best front sevens in 2015.

15. Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn

2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior

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2014 Stats: 436 passing yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT

Yes, this is a projection based on the 2015 season. Johnson should thrive in coach Gus Malzahn’s offensive scheme and will be one of the top breakout players in the nation.

Players to Watch in Spring Practice

Otaro Alaka, LB, Texas A&M

Alaka registered 33 tackles in 12 games last season. The sophomore should play an even bigger role in Texas A&M’s defense in 2015.

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Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia

Carter is a rising star as an outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme, recording 41 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a true freshman in 2014.