Published January 26, 2013 - 10:00am
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SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2012, and we’re not stopping until we get to that sexy No. 1. We don’t just rank stats or project players at the next level based on athletic superiority, but we rank players based on the season they had in 2012. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 15 – Chance Warmack, Alabama, OG
Why he’s worthy: The 2012 first team All-American and All-SEC member capped off an extraordinary career by winning three national championships in four seasons. He’s one of the most decorated players on one of the best offensive lines in the history of college football.
Warmack was a three-year starter for Nick Saban and the Tide, and he entered as just a three-star recruit. And the one thing Saban is known for more than any other coach in college football is development. And Warmack developed into the best offensive guard in college football and will likely be a top ten pick, becoming the first guard selected in the first round since 1997.
The 6-3, 320-pound mauler was on the watch list for the Outland Trophy and was a quarterfinalist for the Lombardi Award. Warmack helped Alabama average 439.1 yards of total offense, including 224.6 yards per game on the ground. Eddie Lacy, TJ Yeldon and company are outstanding running backs, but running behind Warmack and his compadres made them virtually unstoppable. Warmack is a polished pass blocker, but he’s by far the biggest road grader of an offensive guard in college football. And what he may lack in overall athleticism, he makes up for it by being a complete student of the game, and with his desire to be the best at his position.
First it was Tebowing; Second, it was Kaepernicking, and now it’s Teoing. But the newest trend will be Warmacking. That’s where Wamarck promptly lifts up his jersey to expose his belly just like he did throughout his career at Bama.
“Basically you just lift your stomach up and take a picture of it and put it on some social media,” Warmack said. “I’m trying to promote that.
“I’ve been lifting up my jersey for two years now. That’s kind of like my thing.”
So, go ahead and buy the Warmacking stock before everyone else jumps on board.
“If you want to Warmack,” he said, “lift your shirt up and take a picture and post it on Twitter.”
- No. 16 Jake Matthews
- No. 17 Jordan Matthews
- No. 18 CJ Mosley
- No. 19 Mike Gillislee
- No. 20 Cordarrelle Patterson
- No. 21 Chris Smith
- No. 22 Tyler Bray
- No. 23 Tyler Wilson
- No. 24 Johnthan Banks
- No. 25 Sam Montgomery
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