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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75. Hutson Mason, Sr., QB, Georgia
Fifth-year seniors are usually going into at least their second season as a full-time starter entering their final campaign, but this career backup quarterback’s replacing a four-year legend and SEC record holder in Athens. As Aaron Murray’s pupil,
The first signal caller in this year’s Top 100 saw his first game action in nearly two years last November after spelling Murray late in the second quarter of a 59-17 win over Kentucky. He led multiple scoring drives against the Wildcats before going 1-1 over his final two starts with decent numbers. Completion percentage and efficiency will be important facets to watch in Mason’s game this fall as he manages an offense predicated on getting the football into the hands of Heisman candidate Todd Gurley.
It’s important to note that Mason doesn’t have to be Murray for the Bulldogs to be good. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo proved his worth last season when, despite losing multiple weapons to injury off a record-setting 2012 unit, still directed the SEC’s fifth-best offense at 484.2 yards per game. He was named 247Sports’ OC of the Year for his efforts.
Bobo’s the puppet master to Mason’s success. Getting his quarterback into an early rhythm, something he did with Murray on short routes and screens, is a necessity.
2013 statistics: 67-of-110, 968 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT
2014 projection: 202-of-349, 3,011 yards, 26 TD, 12 INT
SDS SEC Top 100 Countdown
No. 100: Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
No. 99: Justin Malone, OL, Miss. St.
No. 98: Kaiwan Lewis, LB, South Carolina
No. 97: DeAndrew White, WR, Alabama
No. 96: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
No. 95: J.T. Surratt, DT, South Carolina
No. 94: Andre Debose, ATH, Florida
No. 93: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
No. 92: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
No. 91: Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
No. 90: Za’Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky
No: 89: Adam Butler, DT, Vanderbilt
No. 88: C.J. Johnson, DE, Ole Miss
No. 87: Dillon Day, C, Miss. St.
No. 86: Javess Blue, WR, Kentucky
No. 85: Brian Randolph, S, Tennessee
No. 84: Marshall Morgan, K, Georgia
No. 83: Terrence Magee, WR, LSU
No. 82: Jamerson Love, CB, Miss. St.
No. 81: Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
No. 80: Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama
No. 79: Jabari Gorman, S, Florida
No. 78: David Andrews, C, Georgia
No. 77: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
No. 76: Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
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