Cover your eyes: The SEC's scariest players
No league in college football has more genetically-enhanced specimens than the SEC.
Here are a few of the league’s scariest players heading into the 2014 season:
Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU: Destined to shine as a second-year junior starter up front for the Tigers, Hunter’s (6-foot-6, 240) been compared to Jadeveon Clowney due to his quickness, athleticism and length. You can tell he spent time under Bruce Banner’s gamma ray lamp this summer after showing up to fall camp with an Incredible Hulk-like body. The pics were jaw-dropping:
— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) August 5, 2014
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi St.: One of college football’s most physically impressive players at the middle linebacker position, McKinney has the look of a future All-Pro with enough knowledge of opposing schemes to cause a disruption each and every snap. He’s the Bulldogs’ top 2015 draft prospect and has a chance to lead the SEC in tackles as a third-year starter.
Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia: Imagine trying to guard an athletic wing in the open floor without help defense, only you’re on a gridiron with pads and a football. Floyd has the basketball frame with a football mean streak, a deadly combination in Georgia’s second level. In eight starts as a freshman, Floyd notched a team-high 6.5 sacks.
Richt, asked for standouts this preseason, names Greg Pyke, Quayvon Hicks, Jordan Jenkins, Corey Moore, Leonard Floyd, and the kickers.
— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) August 20, 2014
Shane Ray, DE, Mizzou: Wait until this guy gets a crack at the NFL Combine. The Tigers’ next pass-rushing monster is one of his team’s strongest players and has a vertical leap that exceeds 40 inches. Soon to be unleashed as Mizzou’s emerging star alongside senior defensive end Markus Golden, the pair should more than make up for the loss of Michael Sam and Kony Ealy.
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn: De’Vante Harris still has the visions — recurring nightmares of a badly missed tackle as the recipient of a Coates public shakedown last season. The video was an instant viral sensation and pushed Auburn’s athletic wide receiver into the realm of most-feared pass-catchers. One of the league’s most ripped players, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Coates’ body fat is less than 3 percent.
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: Tackling a 205-pound ninth grader had to be a chore for opposing teams against Yulee High School in northeast Florida during the 2009 season. Chiseled from stone with elite speed and a linebacker’s strength, Henry’s put on 36 pounds since and is poised to become college football’s most lethal sophomore howitzer in the Alabama backfield.
Derrick Henry stat: He is bigger than the average running back in college football. pic.twitter.com/wYE477O1is
— The Game (@TheGameWDGM) August 16, 2014