Let’s face it: there are some strong and scary dudes playing football for our favorite SEC teams.

The game is just that way. Football is the most violent sport there is, which has raised concerns about its safety and impact on longterm health.

Athletes have gotten bigger, faster and stronger as sports have evolved, and in the modern age, many of our favorite SEC football stars spent their entire childhoods specializing as a football player.

Let’s have a little fun, though, and ask an interesting question:

Which SEC players would you not want to fight?


If you saw the hit he laid on Leonard Fournette, you’d know Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster is not a dude you want to mess with. At 6-foot-1, 244-pounds, Foster is as powerful a force as they come. Primarily playing on special teams, Foster hasn’t seen as much time at linebacker likely due to depth (though its rumored Foster hurts his neck in practice from hitting guys so hard). Either way, if these were rankings, Foster would probably top this list.

Next in the power fighters division is Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche. The former top recruit in the country occupies two, sometimes three, defenders coming off the edge freeing up his defensive counterparts to finish plays. Weighing in at 6-foot-4, 280-pounds, I can only imagine the blow with which Nkemdiche could land with a right hook.

Rounding out our power fighters is Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett. The Nashville, Tenn., native set Tennessee freshmen records with 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss, and at 6-foot-3, 267-pounds, I’m not messing with him. Barnett is explosive in his first step and plays with a high motor. If he fights the way he plays, you won’t have the endurance to keep pace.


Starting off our speed guys is Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. Floyd is quick coming off the edge from his outside linebacker position, and at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, has great speed and range. His length and speed would give even the best of fighters trouble, but we’re talking street fighting, so he’d mess some guys up.

Next up for the speed fighters in Auburn wideout Sammie Coates. NFL Draft analysts have praised the junior for his frame, but it’s his speed that scouts love. Auburn’s deep ball threat is as fast as any receiver in the SEC, with a great first step and blazing breakaway speed. If you’re looking to throw a punch on Coates, you better be quick, because you’re not stopping him.


Next, we move to guys who are just massive.

Starting us off in the size class is Arkansas offensive lineman Dan Skipper. The offensive tackle is — wait for it — 6-foot-10, 326-pounds. That’s about all that needs to be said. Skipper anchors arguably the largest offensive line in the country, and would just destroy most any opponent in a fight with his sheer girth.

Our next selection may come as a bit of a surprise (or a huge one). Alabama punter J.K. Scott. Scott at 6-foot-4 has a wingspan nearing seven feet, and could use his length to keep people away. He also is secretly scrappy for being a kicker growing up. And, he plays for Nick Saban, and we more than likely don’t want to mess with anyone coming out of that Alabama program.


These are guys who just have the determination to beat you.

Kicking things off in the scrappiness department is Auburn wide receiver Duke Williams. At 6-foot-2, 216-pounds, Williams showed his ability to use his body to ward off defenders and fight for position with the ball in the air. The JUCO transfer complimented Coates on the outside, and plays with great effort and determination.

Next up is Georgia tailback Nick Chubb. The freshman had a sensational year for the Bulldogs taking over for the suspended — and then injured — Todd Gurley. Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 228 pounds, Chubb combines power and speed to create this unrivaled brute force that no defender in the SEC could stop in 2014. His low center of gravity would work to his advantage in a fight, too.

And finally, the last player to make the cut is Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson. The senior leads the country with nine interceptions. While undersized at 5-foot-9, 176-pounds, Golson plays the ball as well as anyone in the country and fights to win possession. Perhaps his defining play of the year came against then-No. 3 Alabama when Golson went over Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard, who has six inches on Golson, to intercept Blake Sims and seal the win for the Rebels. Golson’s scrappy, won’t quit and plays with a lot of pride. He’d fight that way, too.