Published April 6, 2011 - 5:44am
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Saturday Down South is continually counting down the top 20 players in the SEC for 2011 – pre-season style!
Alshon Jeffery – No. 1
I’m sure you have all guessed now who Saturday Down South thinks the number one player in the SEC will be in 2011: South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery.
After just two seasons, Jeffery is well on his way to rewriting the USC record books. He will add to those crooked numbers in 2011.
In 2010, Jeffery was arguably the best receiver in the SEC. Yes, I’m not sure I would have taken even AJ Green or Julio Jones over Jeffery in 2010. He’s that dynamic. He can make the big catch in traffic soaring over the defender; he can take a quick post to the house. One handed catches and getting behind the defense are his specialty, and they are not out of the ordinary.
Jeffery is 6-4, 233lbs; therefore, he’s big, physical and he has soft hands – all creating a deadly combination for competition and a love affair for a quarterback.
In 2010, Jeffery had 88 catches for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 17.2 yards per catch and 108.4 yards per game. His 88 catches and 1,517 yards is a USC single-season record.
How did he compare to Green or Jones? Jeffery was second in the SEC in receptions per game with 6.3, only behind Kentucky’s Randall Cobb. He was first in the SEC with 108.4 yards per game. I know Green was out for four games to start 2010, but he only averaged 94.2 yards per game.
In 2011, Jeffery will be ready to help lead the South Carolina offense that returns a tremendous amount of talent, including Marcus Lattimore. Now, if USC can only get its knuckle-headed quarterback to get his head out of the sand, they would prosper.
However, Jeffery will light up your television once again in 2011 with his spectacular grabs. This young man has all-world potential.
- #2 – Marcus Lattimore
- #3 – Knile Davis
- #4 – Janoris Jenkins
- #5 – Janzen Jackson
- #6 – Trent Richardson
- #7 – Joe Adams
- #8 – Danny Trevathan
- #9 – Michael Dyer
- #10 – Mark Barron
- #11 – Aaron Murray
- #12 – Greg Childs
- #13 – Vick Ballard
- #14 – Morris Claiborne
- #15 – Dont’a Hightower
- #16 – Tyler Bray
- #17 – Brandon Bolden
- #18 – Stephon Gilmore
- #19 – Chris Relf
- #20 – Zach Mettenberger