Between head-turning speed, unbelievable strength or jaw-dropping agility, there’s no shortage of freak athletes in the SEC. According to, however, the five biggest freaks in the conference all play in the SEC West.

Chase Goodbread of recently named 17 of “College football’s most freakish athletes” as part of his “17 for ’17” series. Here are the five SEC players who made Goodbread’s list:

  • LSU RB Derrius Guice (No. 17)
  • Auburn OT Braden Smith (No. 15)
  • Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne (No. 13)
  • Alabama DB Tony Brown (No. 11)
  • Mississippi State S Brandon Bryant (No. 10)

So what makes Bryant the conference’s top freak? Goodbread says it’s a little bit of everything:

Bryant is back as a fourth-year junior with some impressive credentials as a freakish athlete. He’s consistently run sub-4.3 40-yard dash times in MSU’s team testing, making him one of the fastest players in the game. But at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, he’s also remarkably strong; he can deadlift 600 pounds and squats 450. He can also vertical jump 35 inches, which would have given him a top-10 finish among safeties at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

For the full 17 and why the other four made the cut, Goodbread’s article can be read here.