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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68. Evan Boehm, Jr., C, Mizzou
The SEC’s ninth-best offensive lineman started every game at center for the SEC East champions as a sophomore and enters the fall with 26 consecutive starts overall. Boehm’s familiar with second-year quarterback Maty Mauk who takes over full-time under center for James Franklin. The pair formed a cohesive bond during a midseason four-game stretch last fall beginning with a win over Florida when the Tigers’ primary passer was out with a shoulder injury.
There are several veteran centers ranked in our Top 100, but Boehm’s among the best. The Tigers were East underdogs last season, but shocked everyone and reached the conference championship game with a dominant defense and uptempo attack on the other side of the ball.
What do they have in store for an encore after several losses to key personnel?
2013 statistics: Started all 14 games at the heart of Mizzou’s offensive line
2014 projection: It’s all-conference or bust for Boehm who provides stability with 26 consecutive starts. He’s the most reliable of the Tigers’ three juniors along the offensive line.
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