SEC's 10 best offensive players for 2014
SDS’ own Brad Crawford recently ranked the top players at every position for 2014. You can read all of those here.
We’ve already looked at the top offensive players at every position, and here are the top 10 returning offensive players for 2014:
10. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn (JR)
9. Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn (SR)
8. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (SO)
Recently named the SEC’s biggest freak, Sammie Coates is ready for a huge junior season. After averaging over 21 yards per reception last season, Coates is ready to help lead and anchor an explosive and extremely versatile offense for Gus Malzahn…Also an Auburn Tiger, Reese Dismukes helps anchor one of the top offensive lines in the country. The Tigers led college football in rushing yards per game last season, and Dismukes and company were a massive part of that…After only giving up one sack in 2013, sophomore Laremy Tunsil is starting to become a premier left tackle in college football. Although Ole Miss’ offensive line may have some questions, Tunsil isn’t one of them.
7. Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn (SR)
6. La’El Collins, OT, LSU (SR)
5. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (JR)
The third Auburn player on the rankings, signal caller Nick Marshall is looking to have his best season yet. The 1,000-yard rusher is looking to improve his accuracy and passing game, and he has two of the premier receivers in the country in the aforementioned Coates and newcomer Duke Williams. Marshall could be the most explosive player in the conference…La’El Collins is the anchor of LSU’s O-line, which should feature one of the country’s most formidable running games. Collins passed up the opportunity to make millions, and instead he came back to LSU for his senior season…Amari Cooper is a YAC man. It doesn’t matter how you get him the football, he’s going to make plays after the catch. Cooper leads the SEC in career catches with 104 receptions, 1,736 yards and 15 touchdowns, and defensive backs don’t stop him, they just hope to contain him.
4. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina (JR)
3. TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama (JR)
2. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M (SR)
The human bowling ball Mike Davis is ready to rattle some pins this season. Davis rushed for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns in his breakout sophomore campaign, and Steve Spurrier should lighten Davis’ workload with quality depth…TJ Yeldon had trouble holding onto the football last season, but the back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher could set the Crimson Tide’s career rushing record this season. Yeldon is the total package; now if he can just hold onto the football…Cedric Ogbuehi could make the third straight Aggies’ left tackle to become a first-round pick, and he passed up the draft to return for his senior season. Ogbuehi anchors the Aggies’ very talented and veteran O-line.
1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (JR)
Coming at no surprise, Todd Gurley is the SEC’s top offensive player for 2014. The bully back has rushed for 2,374 yards and scored 33 touchdowns in two career seasons. Gurley is a boss in the backfield, and he isn’t afraid to deliver blows to linebackers. Gurley, like Davis, has quality depth behind him.