SEC’s super sophomores in 2013

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College football is approaching an age where redshirt draft-eligible sophomores are making the leap to the NFL, and four sophomores on this list aren’t returning in 2014.

Here were the SEC’s super sophomores in 2013, and nine of the 10 were offensive players:

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Above the rest

1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel may be the first pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and he put up incredible numbers for two seasons in a row. Manziel led the SEC with a 172.89 passer rating, 4,114 passing yards and 37 passing touchdowns. All total, he combined for 4,873 yards and 46 TDs in 2013. What a player, and it will be fun watching his NFL career play out.

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Bully running back

2. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

Jeremy Hill played like a boss in 2013, rushing for 1,401 yards and 16 TDs, trailing only Tre Mason in yards and TDs. Hill averaged 6.9 yards per carry and over 116 yards per game. He’s a complete back who may be the first back off the board come draft day.

Heading to the NFL

3. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
4. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Mike Evans morphed from a big-time possession receiver as a freshman to a big-time game-breaking receiver as a sophomore. Evans caught 69 passes for 1,394 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 20.2 yards per reception. Evans was the only receiver in the country who recorded two 200-plus yard receiving games…Greg Robinson became one of the country’s most dominant offensive linemen, and he could be a top-10 pick in this year’s draft. Robinson anchored the country’s most dominant running game, and he protected Nick Marshall’s blindside. Robinson may have the most upside of any player on this list.

Big-time returners

5. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
6. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
7. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

For half of the season, Mike Davis came out of nowhere and stole the SEC’s show. He’s tough; he’s physical, and his vision is second to none. Davis rushed for 1,183 yards and 11 TDs, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He finished fourth in the SEC in rushing yards…Dorial Green-Beckham was making a case as the SEC’s most improved player near the end of the season. He, like Mike Evans, looks more like a power forward, but he started to blow up about midway through the season. DGB caught a Mizzou-high 59 passes for 883 yards and tied the SEC-high 12 receiving TDs, and if he can stay on the field (and out of trouble), this young man is going to be great in 2014…Yes, Todd Gurley was injured for about four games total, but it’s obvious to see just how talented and dominant he can be. After rushing for 1,385 yards last season, Gurley totaled 989 yards rushing and 16 total TDs. He’ll enter as the SEC’s most talented player in 2014, as well as a top-five player in college football.

A lone defender

8. Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Landon Collins went from backup safety to one of the best safeties in the country. Once Vinnie Sunseri went down with a season-ending knee injury, Collins tag-teamed with HaHa Clinton-Dix as the country’s best tackling safety duo. He finished second on Alabama with 70 tackles, and he picked off two passes, including a pick-six against Tennessee. He also recorded two forced fumbles.

SEC West ballers

9. TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama
10. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

TJ Yeldon is one of the best running backs in the country, and he could become the best if he corrects his fumbling issues. After rushing for 1,108 yards and 12 TDs in 2012, Yeldon made an encore with 1,235 yards and 14 TDs in 2013. He’s the complete package…Dak Prescott made the list? Don’t be surprised; this kid can play. Once Dan Mullen made the decision to make Prescott the starter, the offense started rolling. Prescott threw for 1,940 yards and 10 TDs, while rushing for 829 yards and 13 TDs. He combined for 2,769 yards and 23 TDs – not a bad sophomore season. He really only did his damage in eight games.

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  • Some of the catches Mike Evans made were so much harder than people think. Good Luck to Mike and Johnny from a Missouri fan. Your last 2013 season game at Missouri 2013 was one to remember. Most fans didn’t understand it because they forgot the details of the 2012 game at aTm. But this close game where aTm was very strong at the Zou can’t be understood from reading the stat column. It was one of the most intense football games i’ve ever watched. Both football teams played one of their all time greatest defensive efforts, and two amazing offenses played great but were held to modest success in front of an awe-struck sellout crowd. The long touchdown pass for aTm and the late breakaway run for Missouri were among the best highlight of ncaa football 2013

  • You left out Arkansas RB Jonathon Williams. J-Will had over 900 yards rushing despite sharing the backfield with 1,000 yard rusher Alex Collins.

  • what about Evan Boehm. a very solid offensive lineman who moved to center after last season we couldn’t seem to get the ball to the quarterback and also took on the responsibility I’m calling out the blocking schemes. not a skill player but certainly very skilled at his position especially for just a sophomore. I don’t know many seniors who were better. come on Jon give credit to the boys in the trenches

  • oh sorry I guess you did find one worthy.

  • “Dak Attack” will be said on ESPN at least 200 times this season. I’m scared they might make him into their tebow 2.0 lovechild and put too much of a spotlight on us causing some losses.

    • True. But thankfully, that’s just Dak. He can take the heat and handle the pressure. Take the Egg Bowl. We were down three in the fourth and needed him more than ever. Our season was on the line and he stormed down the field and won it in overtime. He’s more than capable of leading this team through the season, no matter the obstacles he will face.