The SEC’s top returners by position for 2013


As the spring practice mindset is officially over, SDS has taken a look at the top productive returners by position heading into 2013 over the last couple of weeks.

As usual, it’s out with the old and in with the new, as we usher in a new era of players and welcome back star returners.

Please note: the following isn’t player rankings. The numbers are based on 2012 statistics.

Here are the SEC’s top productive returners by position:

Here are the leaders by position based on 2012 stats:

Passing Yards: Aaron Murray, Georgia (3,893 yards and 36 TDs)
Rushing Yards: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (1,410 yards and 21 TDs)

Running Back
Todd Gurley, Georgia (1,385 yards and 17 TDs)

Wide Receiver
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (1,323 yards and 8 TDs)

Sack Master
Jadeveon Clowney, USC (14.5 sacks, 23.5 TFL)

AJ Johnson, Tennessee (138 tackles)

Byron Moore, Tennessee (5 INTs)

Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (83.3%)

Kyle Christy, Florida (45.8 yards per kick)

Kick Returners
Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss (643 yards and 1 TD)

Punt Returners
Marcus Murphy, Missouri (374 yards and 3 TDs)

Photo Credit:  Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports



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  • No TE? No specific positions on D? I think the player rankings per position would be more interesting to see.

  • the 2 time national championship winner and #1 passing efficiency qb in 2012 isn’t listed……not even an honorable mention. ain’t nobody got time for that

  • AJ Johnson is a BEAST.

  • No BAMA players. With 3 out of the last 4 BCS Crystal Balls, that’s proof that a well coached team means more than any 1 or 2 Super Stars. “ROLL TIDE”, and let’s Three-Peat.

  • Yea, I see A.J. at #4 but he’s the only QB with BCS Championship rings, and I said “rings”, as in plural, not “ring”. You may talk about the OL and anyone being able to play behind it but he’s the one that got the job done. On another note, Johnny Football just had his best season, it won’t happen again. Everyone’s ready for him this year, especially Coach Saban and Alabama.

    • Agreed …while the bama OL and running game certainly made life easier on him There’s no doubt that AJ played his role at a very high level. And the proud D coordinators in the sec will have a plan for Manzeil but their schedule seems pretty manageable too so he will have some success. I think they lose 3 games and he has his struggles along the way.

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