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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87. Dillon Day, Sr., OL, Mississippi St.
The Bulldogs’ very own version of Thor, the blond-locked veteran center has started the last 33 games and was recently named to the Rimington watch list for the third consecutive season.
He’s an indestructible protector of Dak Prescott and with a level of grit reserved for the gnarliest of linemen, helped Miss. St. finish second in the SEC in time of possession last season on an offense that shattered program records for yards, points per game and first downs. Day looks more nightclub bouncer than all-conference level talent with colorful tattooed sleeves and an intimidating demeanor, but that’s what makes him special. In a strength-driven league categorized by what transpires in the trenches, Day’s one of the best at the snap.
A fifth-year senior and the second Bulldog offensive lineman in our Top 100, Day makes players around him better and has carved a niche in Starkville despite being a relative unknown coming out of high school. The future draft pick’s a captain in the middle and is the West’s second-best returning center behind Auburn’s Reese Dismukes.
2013 statistics: A multi-year starter at center who continued his progression as one of the SEC’s best.
2014 projection: Day’s a vital piece of the Bulldogs’ puzzle as they eye a double-digit win total.
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