Published October 19, 2011 - 7:15am
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It’s midseason, or slightly past midseason, and the headliners – Trent Richardson, Tyler Wilson, Melvin Ingram – get all the publicity, and rightfully so; however, there are a few guys who do not get a lot of pub for what they have achieved this season.
Here are three under-the-radar players who will continue to dominate but not get as much publicity as the big names:
1. Michael Dyer, Auburn: Michael Dyer is the most underrated and underappreciated guys in the SEC this season. Dyer is averaging 100 yards rushing in conference play this season, and he is currently third in the SEC in rushing yardage with 752 yards and eight touchdowns. Dyer is the perfect combination of size, speed and pure athletic ability. His run-low-to-the-ground style saves his body from multiple hits and injuries. Dyer is a great team player, and I fully expect him to have a great second half this season.
2. Jeff Scott, Ole Miss: Jeff Scott has been the only offense Ole Miss has had all season, with a minor exception to Nickolas Brassell. Scott has played his heart out, and he has been banged up for most of the first half, with the injury coming in the first game against BYU. Scott is 4th in scoring touchdowns in the SEC (42 total points), first in punt return average (23 yards per return) and fourth in all-purpose yards per game (130.8). Scott has been one of the only bright spots in what has turned out to be a tumultuous season for the Ole Miss Rebels.
3. Corey Lemonier, Auburn: Corey Lemonier has really started to play very well for the Auburn Tigers in his sophomore season on the the Plains. The 6-4, 240lb defensive end is now leading the SEC in sacks (6 total) and tied for second in tackles for loss (10 total). Lemonier played very well in Auburn’s win against Florida this past weekend, where he had six total tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. He should be a force as we continue to watch the rest of 2011 play out.