2014 SEC Top 100 Countdown: No. 21 Sammie Coates, Auburn
SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
We’ve reached the final Top 25 and will unveil a new player daily leading up to opening night on Aug. 28.
21. Sammie Coates, Jr., WR, Auburn
When the Tigers throw the football, this chiseled freak is usually the target after accounting for nearly 25 percent of the team’s total receptions as a sophomore. Outside of Alabama’s Amari Cooper, Coates is the SEC’s top deep threat with an average touchdown reception covering 54.1 yards last season on seven scores.
Explosive off the snap, the SEC’s strongest wideout benches over 400 pounds and is one of a handful of receivers within striking distance of the 1,000-yard, double-digit touchdown realm this season. Last year’s 21.5-yard per catch average was tops in the league among wideouts with at least 40 receptions.
Coates was named to the Maxwell and Biletnikoff watch lists earlier this summer and was one 13 Tigers placed on the preseason All-SEC team.
2013 statistics: 42 receptions, 902 yards, 7 TD
2014 projection: 55 receptions, 988 yards, 9 TD