SEC’s all-underrated team for 2013


Underrated is a subjective term thrown around flippantly throughout sports. But truly, some guys don’t get the ink they deserve. Usually the big market teams dominate the headlines, and smaller, less traditional programs get less pub. That’s the nature of the beast.

Let’s check on the SEC’s most underrated players in 2013:

Related: AP All-SEC team for 2013


QB – Connor Shaw, USC (SR): 21 TDs, 1 INT, 17-0 at home
RB – Rajion Neal, Tennessee (SR): Rushed for 1,124 yards, 12 TDs on 5-7 team
FB – JC Copeland, LSU (SR): Fullbacks never get any love, and Copeland is a boss…except for that one fumble against Alabama.
WR – Sammie Coates, Auburn (SO): Averaged 22.13 yards per catch (highest in SEC) on a team that doesn’t throw much. Recorded 38 catches, 831 yards, 7 TDs
WR – Jameon Lewis, Miss State (JR): Caught 55 passes for 703 yards and 5 TDs. He also rushed for 3 TDs and threw 3 TDs.
TE – Malcolm Johnson, Miss State (JR): Caught 29 passes for 378 yards and 1 TD, more receptions than 1st team All-SEC TE Arthur Lynch
OL – Anthony Steen, Alabama (SR): 36 career starts and 50 career games
OL – Kenarious Gates, Georgia (SR): Versatile lineman who has made 38 career starts
OL – Greg Robinson, Auburn (SO): Anchor of Auburn’s dominant O-line play and running game as just a sophomore
OL – Evan Boehm, Missouri (SO): Anchor of Missouri’s much-improved (and healthy) O-line
OL – Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (SR): The most versatile lineman in the SEC
K – Colby Delahoussaye, LSU (FR): Led the SEC in field goal percentage at 92.9 percent and made 13 of 14 attempts

Related: SEC’s All-Freshman Team 2013


DE – Chris Smith, Arkansas (SR): 8.5 sacks and 11.5 TFL in 2013 on a terrible team
DT – Ego Ferguson, LSU (JR): Overshadowed by Anthony Johnson, but he could have higher upside. Made 58 tackles as DT with great athleticism.
DE – Markus Golden, Missouri (JR): 6.5 sacks and 13 TFL, doesn’t even start on his own team
LB – Andrew Wilson, Missouri (SR): 98 tackles, six tackles for loss
LB – Avery Williamson, Kentucky (SR): 102 tackles for the worst SEC team
LB – Michael Taylor, Florida (JR): Led Florida with 62 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries. Most consistent UF linebacker in 2013.
LB – Benardrick McKinney, MSU (SO): Led MSU with 70 tackles, 6 TFL and 2.5 sacks. Could be best SEC’s best NFL LB prospect in 2014
CB – Andre Hal, Vanderbilt (SR): Led the SEC in passes defended with 14 and two INTs but snubbed on first-team All-SEC
CB – Victor Hampton, USC (JR): Recorded 12 passes defended and three INTs as the staple in Carolina’s secondary
S – Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (JR): Recorded 20 tackles and two pick-six, game-changing plays before his injury
S – Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State (SR): He played multiple games with a torn ACL and recorded 55 tackles and five INTs, including two forced fumbles
P – Michael Palardy, Tennessee (SR): Finished third in the SEC with 44.46 yards per punt, but he punted 63 times, good for second most in the SEC

Who’s missing?

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  • No Kiero Small from Arkansas huh? he did so much for a team that couldnt catch a decent win. i dont know of a better all around FB that can do what he does. but when you only win 3 games no one cares about the hard work you put in.

    • I know of a better, all-around FB that can do what Small does: JC Copeland. But this list is about underrated players and I think Copeland gets the appropriate respect as a FB, so I would agree that Small from Arkansas might deserve to be on this list more than Copeland.

  • I would have to say MLB Mike Marry from Ole Miss. He has done a good job for Ole Miss even though he doesn’t have speed that most MLB’s in the SEC. It was said that if he had played in the BIG 10 he would have been an All-American.

  • WR LaDamian Washington and QB James Franklin for honorable mention.

    • Washington MAYBE, although I think he got his fair share of attention. Franklin, though? I will be happy when this celebrity QB graduates. He didn’t play enough in a given season to know whether he was worth his weight in headlines, and I think Maty Mauk is a tougher player. Mauk would join the ranks of Austyn Carta-Samuels, Aaron Murray, and Connor Shaw by playing through adversity a lot faster than Franklin would. Mauk is the future of the Tigers, and Franklin will be a distant memory by January 4th.

      • actually Franklin may play in the NFL. on the bench on the bench of course. but that would be four quarterbacks in a row for Missouri. no starters. but still 4 in a row.

  • Since, by definition, underrated players are less known, I can’t say if Chris Conley deserves to be on this list over the two WRs who are on the list. But, if I had to think of one UGA player that seems to not get the recognition he deserves, I’d say it was Conley.

  • At first look there are a lot of names that people have said that are “Underrated” who should be on this list. While JC Copeland deserves to be here, if you had a 2nd team, Jay Prosch should be there from Auburn. Tre Mason does not have his 2nd 1000 yard season without him and Nick Marshall is not the “Running QB” he is without him either.

    Also want to say if we look at Coaches, James Franklin should be considered very underrated. The turn around he’s had at Vandy makes them set up make a run at the east title soon if he stays.

  • Also, what about Travis Swanson? One of the best centers in football today.Loosing Traivs, Chris Hurd and Chris Smith is gonna kill Arkansas next year and believe me…we don’t need any help there!!

  • I can assure you that we here at Mizzou don’t under rate Shaw…that bastard :)

  • How many UGA and SEC records did Aron Murray set this year? What awards did he get? Without Murray ….considering all the injuries Georgia had , I doubt they win 5 games. I also think Franlin is a good coach at Vandy. But I have to ask? To make a run in the East that means Vanderbilt would have to beat out UGA, USC , UF, UT, and Mzzou. Sorry I just can’t see it. For him to see a final 4 playoff he will have to be coaching another team.

  • I would rather have Murray or Shaw than the 3 SEC reps at the Heisman trophy presentation in NY. Put any of those three on USC or UGA and they’re not better teams. Shaw 17-0 at home vs Murray most TD’s and most SEC wins in a career? Shaw is also down the road from Athens at Flowery Branch. Didn’t hear much when Richt was recruiting Murray and Mettenburger. Of course Mettenburger grew up a Bulldog. I wonder if any of those play on Sunday?

  • L’Damian Washington is definitely missing. He deserves to be up there

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