Who is the best player under 6-feet on each SEC team?
They follow in the footsteps of recent stars Isaiah McKenzie, Trindon Holliday and Dexter McCluster, and like those predecessors, don’t let measurables get in the way of production.
Not only are these players among the best players on their team, they also have set or tied a slew of program and SEC records with time remaining in their careers.
Here are the best players under 6-feet on each SEC team:
Damien Harris, Alabama
The junior was arguably the best player coming out of Kentucky in his class, and he’s worked himself into one of the top two spots in the crowded Crimson Tide backfield. Listed at 5-11, 221 pounds, Harris led Alabama last season with 1,037 yards, including gaining 863 yards against ranked teams.
Jared Cornelius, Arkansas
The Shreveport, La., product led the Razorbacks and was fourth in the SEC last season with three 100-yard receiving games. He was also ninth in the SEC at 16.09 yards per catch. Cornelius is listed at 5-11, 212 pounds, and his three consecutive 100-yard games in the middle of the season matched a 20-year school record. He also led the SEC with 309 receiving yards in October.
Stephen Roberts, Auburn
Roberts is a 5-11, 189 returning starter at safety from Opelika, Ala. He has started 12 games and collected 86 career tackles. Roberts is also expected to return to his position as primary punt returner where last season he had six returns for 100 yards.
Antonio Callaway, Florida
Callaway has had trouble staying on the right side of the law, but his production is tough to argue. Last season, he became the first player in school history and 21st FBS player since 1996 to score a rushing, receiving, passing, punt return, and kickoff return touchdown in a career.
Callaway, listed at 5-11, 197 pounds, became the third-fasted player in program history to pass 1,000 receiving yards as he did it in just 17 games.
Nick Chubb, Georgia
Georgia has several playmakers under 6-feet, including Sony Michel and Terry Godwin. The nod goes to Chubb, however, who is listed at 5-10 and a powerful 228 pounds.
Chubb has 3,424 career yards. Nobody is expecting him to break Herschel Walker’s SEC record of 5,259 yards (in three seasons, no less), but Chubb needs just 1,167 to move past Darren McFadden into second all-time in the SEC. He’s already second behind Walker on Georgia’s career list.
Sihiem King, Kentucky
The 5-9, 172-pound junior from Colquitt, Ga., showed flashes of production several times last season. He played in every game, and along with being a backup running back, he was a primary kickoff returner. His best game was six carries for 75 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee. But he also returned six kickoffs for 213, including six for 118 yards against Louisville.
Derrius Guice, LSU
Listed at 5-11, 218 pounds, the Baton Rouge, La., native is the only player in LSU history to rush for 250 yards or more in a game twice when he did it against Arkansas (252) and Texas A&M (school-record 285). He joined former Kentucky running back Moe Williams as the only two players SEC history to accomplish that feat. He was also the Citrus Bowl MVP, and first-team All-SEC by the coaches and Associated Press.
Donald Gray, Mississippi State
The 5-10, 185-pounder from Memphis, Tenn., was fifth in the league in yards per catch last season (17.29) as he had 41 catches overall for 709 yards and five TDs. He’s the undisputed leader in the receiving corps after the departure of Fred Ross.
Damarea Crockett, Missouri
In 2016, the 5-11, 220-pounder from Little Rock, Ark., was not only one of the best freshmen in the SEC, his ranked among the best in America. He was first in the nation among freshmen with 96.5 rushing yards per game. Crockett set Missouri freshman records for rushing yards in a season (1,062), rushing yards in a single game (225), rushing touchdowns in a season (10).
All those numbers came after he had just 40 carries in the first five games and was suspended for the last game of the season.
Zedrick Woods, Ole Miss
A 5-11, 201-pound defensive back from Lake City, Fla., Woods started every game last season at free safety. Woods led the team and tied for fifth in the SEC with three interceptions. He also led the team with six passes defended and was second with 63 tackles. As a freshman in 2015, he played in every game and started two.
Rico Dowdle, South Carolina
Listed at 5-11, 220 pounds, Dowdle had a notable freshman season last year despite missing the first four games following sports hernia surgery. He picked up three 100-yard games en route to becoming the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since Marcus Lattimore in 2010. His best games came against Missouri and Tennessee with at least 127 yards and a touchdown in each game.
John Kelly, Tennessee
The 5-9, 205-pound former third-string back from Detroit took full advantage when playing time opened up last season as Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara stepped away for personal reasons or injury.
Kelly finished with 630 rushing yards, and was 10th in the league with 6.4 yards per carry. Against SEC opponents, Kelly had 73 carries for 438 yards. He might be most remembered for 101 total yards against Texas A&M, especially after he scored a 4-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
The 5-11, 200-pounder from Scottsdale, Ariz., led the SEC with 83 receptions and led the nation with three punt return TDs. The only thing that matches his production is Kirk’s versatility. He became the first Texas A&M player to make 80 or more catches in consecutive seasons. Kirk is college football’s active leader in career punt return average (23.1) and punt returns for touchdowns. He has five touchdowns on 27 attempts.
Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
The 5-10, 202-pound Gainesville, Fla., native has racked up a stack of records at Vanderbilt, but his durability might be most impressive. Last year, Webb upped his consecutive starts streak to 37 games. He’s No. 20 all-time in the SEC with 3,342 rushing yards.