After the end of every season, SDS counts down the SEC’s top 25 players of the year. I’m sure you can come up with a list of 35 players and justify why each of them should be ranked in the top 25 players.
This series will start tomorrow, but let’s start with the players who just missed the cut and rip the Band-Aid off before we get started.
Here were the first four who missed the cut:
HaHa Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama: Clinton-Dix is about to be a rich young man and a first-round pick, and he brings tremendous upside to the NFL. However, I thought Landon Collins was just as good, if not better, this year in Alabama’s secondary. Clinton-Dix finished fourth for Alabama with 52 tackles and two INTs in 2013.
Dominique Easley, DT, Florida: Easley was the SEC’s best defensive player through the first four weeks of the season prior to his season-ending injury. Only a few defensive linemen around the country matched Easley’s quickness and explosion. Easley had two tackles for loss and four QB hurries. He’s a top 10-caliber player, but there’s no way to include Easley in the top 25 with only playing four games.
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: When healthy, Todd Gurley is the country’s best running back. He’s the total package, but injuries kept Gurley at bay and kept Georgia’s season at bay. Gurley played in 10 of 13 games, but he missed nearly half of the Clemson game and missed half of the LSU game with injuries. Can you justify putting Gurley in the top 25 players? You sure can, on sheer talent alone. Taking nothing away from Gurley, as he may enter as college football’s top overall player in 2014, others stayed healthier and had bigger seasons.
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: Entering the season, Cyrus Kouandjio was a top 10-caliber player, but I thought he took a step back this year. A step back for Kouandjio may not even put him in a lower tier of offensive linemen, but I thought there were others who had bigger and better seasons than Kouandjio; therefore, it leaves him off the ranking.
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