Icon SMI - Sean Porter (10) making a tackle

SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2012, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1.

Sean Porter – No. 17

Chiming it at No. 17 on the top SEC players for 2012 is Texas A&M linebacker and rising senior Sean Porter. You might not know the name now, but once you watch this kid play, it is easy to tell he has tremendous ability and game.

Porter plays outside linebacker for the Aggies, and he will be the heart and soul of this defense this coming season. He’s a bigger linebacker and a perfect fit for SEC football at 6’2” and 230lbs.

Porter really relies on his speed and athleticism to get to the quarterback, along with having a fearless mentality while doing so.

Last season during his junior year, Porter was third on the Aggies in tackles with 79 total but had a team high 9.5 sacks (led the Big 12) and produced 17 total tackles for loss. The guy just has a nose for the football, and he lives in the opponents’ backfield.

Porter will remind some Aggie fans of the great Von Miller from a couple years ago, who is indeed making a huge splash with the Denver Broncos in his NFL career.

It will be very interesting to see how new defensive coordinator Mark Snyder is going to use Porter in his 4-3 defense. Previously, the Aggies ran a 3-4 defense that allowed Porter to really get after the quarterback. Now, things have changed a little bit, but I am curious to see how Porter will be used to the best of his abilities.

If Porter can improve his strength – which he totally can – he should be on his way to making some very big impressions in SEC play this season. He has tremendous upside, and SEC fans will learn to respect Porter from the get-go this season, starting in game two when the Aggies play host to the Florida Gators.

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