SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 1 Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (SO)
2013 stats: 300 of 429 (69.9%), 4,114 yards, 37 TDs, 13 INTs, 759 rushing yards, 9 TDs; 4,873 total yards, 46 total TDs
Why he’s No. 1: If you thought Johnny Manziel would have a sophomore slump, I forgive you. He returned from an unbelievable freshman Heisman-thrilling, All-American season that saw him set numerous records and once again turned college football on its head.
“He did it again.”
No, he didn’t win the Heisman, and he threw more INTs than last year. But it’s hard to argue Johnny Manziel wasn’t the best player in college football…again. Yeah, I know Jameis Winston was a fabulous quarterback, but Manziel was the better player.
Manziel’s 4,873 total yards and 46 TDs were more than Winston’s (4,276 yards, 44 TDs) with one less game, and Manziel exits Texas A&M as one of the best players in BCS history.
Had Texas A&M had any semblance of a defense, the Aggies could have played for a championship, and Manziel led the Aggies to score over 44 points per game and average over 538 total yards of offense per game.
More than just his stock as a player, Manziel helped prove SEC expansion was successful, as the SEC dipped into the Texas market and hit the lottery with the Aggies. Manziel also helped land the Aggies a Kyle Field renovation that will make it the largest SEC stadium in 2015.
And he’s about to get paid in the NFL. Some project Manziel as the top overall quarterback in this year’s draft, and with the Houston Texans selecting No. 1 overall, the Texas native may give the Texans something to cheer for.
Top 25 player rankings:
- No. 2: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
- No. 3: Alabama LB CJ Mosley
- No. 4: South Carolina QB Connor Shaw
- No. 5: Missouri DE Michael Sam
- No. 6: Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews
- No. 7: LSU RB Jeremy Hill
- No. 8: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
- No. 9: Georgia QB Aaron Murray
- No. 10: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
- No. 11: Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves
- No. 12: Auburn OT Greg Robinson
- No. 13: LSU WR Odell Beckham
- No. 14: South Carolina RB Mike Davis
- No. 15: Missouri DE Kony Ealy
- No. 16: South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles
- No. 17: Missouri RB Henry Josey
- No. 18: Alabama QB AJ McCarron
- No. 19: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
- No. 20: LSU WR Jarvis Landry
- No. 21: Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt
- No. 22: Missouri CB EJ Gaines
- No. 23: Georgia LB Ramik Wilson
- No. 24: Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
- No. 25: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
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