You know all about the star power the SEC has to offer in 2013. There’s Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray, among others. But what about some under-the-radar players who know one is talking about who could have a big impact this year?
Here are five who are flying well below the radar, and all could have major impacts on their team this season:
TJ Gurley, DB, South Carolina (SO): South Carolina has a promising sophomore safety in TJ Gurley. He was a freshman All-SEC performer, but he left with a knee injury mid-way through last season. Gurley started in place of DJ Swearinger against Missouri, and he made 13 tackles on defense and played well on special teams. He’ll compete with Kadetrix Marcus for the starting safety job. He’s one who could be a major boost to the Gamecocks’ secondary.
Jay Prosch, FB/H-Back, Auburn (SR): Gus Malzahn said Jay Prosch could be the best H-back he’s ever coached. Simply put, Prosch looks like Bane, and he’s absolutely yoked. He’ll play fullback and H-back, and he’ll be a weapon out of the backfield and run blocking for Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne. Prosch will be an integral part of Malzahn’s offense.
Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida (FR): To say Florida needs an impact receiver is a vast understatement. They haven’t had a difference maker at the position since 2009, but one could come in the form of early enrollee freshman receiver Demarcus Robinson. The 6-2, 200-pound Robinson will have every opportunity to be an impact freshman for the Gators. I’ve heard ‘Sammy Watkins’ type projections for Robinson. We’ll wait and see.
Jay Rome, TE, Georgia (SO): One of the biggest athletic freaks on Georgia’s team is tight end Jay Rome. His 6-6, 254-pound frame is full of athleticism and talent. He caught just 11 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, but he could become a real weapon in 2013. Rome and fellow tight end Arthur Lynch will be big targets for Aaron Murray. Rome can jump out of the gym and is a mismatch even for athletic linebackers.
Demarco Robinson, Kentucky (JR): Yes, a different Robinson than Florida has, with no relation to Demarcus. UK’s Robinson has a big potential playing in Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense. He stands to catch the most passes and become the Cats’ biggest threat as a pass catcher. He caught 28 passes in 2012, but that should double and then some. Robinson is a great looking player.