SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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78. David Andrews, Sr., OL, Georgia
A two-year starter at center, Andrews is one of five returners on offense for the Bulldogs, a team entering the season as one of the East favorites despite losing four-year veteran quarterback Aaron Murray.
Andrews’ leadership and skill level as one of 64 offensive linemen on the preseason Rimington watch list should ease the transition for new signal caller Hutson Mason from backup to the guy under center. The two developed a bond over the final two games of last season in Murray’s absence as we got an early look at a Mason-led passing game. Andrews has been in the middle of consecutive record-setting offensive seasons at Georgia where the Bulldogs offense has scored points and ate up yardage at will despite 2013′s onslaught of injuries to key personnel.
2013 statistics: Recipient of the coaches’ leadership award after starting every game at center.
2014 projection: Should leave Athens with at least 40 consecutive starts under his belt. Georgia’s season opener against Clemson will be Andrews’ 28th straight start in the trenches.
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