The regular season is over and, if they are fortunate enough to play for a team that qualified, there’s only bowl games remaining in the college careers of many outstanding seniors who have made college football more fun to watch for the past four or five seasons. Here’s a look at five seniors who will be missed by SEC fans.


There are so many reasons to miss one of the greatest quarterbacks in SEC history. Prescott rewrote the record books at Mississippi State and made the Bulldogs relevant on the national scene. The SEC is even more interesting when long downtrodden programs get their moments of glory and that was certainly the case as Prescott was able to carry MSU to the top of the polls and make the annual Egg Bowl against Ole Miss one of the games of the year.

This season Prescott became just the fourth player in FBS history to throw for at least 60 touchdowns and rush for at least 40 in a career. Prescott has been a joy to watch and the Senior CLASS Award nominee hasn’t given anyone a reason to dislike him, with the possible exception of playing too well against their favorite team.


If you love SEC football then you have to appreciate a player who turned down an opportunity to bolt for the NFL after his junior season and instead came back for one more try at college football glory. So far it’s worked out well for Ragland, who was recently named a first-team All-American and has helped Alabama make it back to the College Football Playoff with an opportunity to finish last year’s uncompleted mission of a national championship.

On most teams, an All-American linebacker might hog the headlines and attention, but Ragland has been happy to let Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and super freshmen such as Calvin Ridley and Minkah Fitzpatrick dominate the conversation. All Ragland does is make lots of tackles and lead one of the most impressive defensive front sevens that has ever played the game.


It’s hard not to love what Ganus was able to do this season. Ganus was once a three-star recruit who excelled at UAB for three years, but when the Blazers football program was temporarily shut down he began looking for a place to play and settled on Georgia, where he was able to show all the SEC schools he neglected to offer him a scholarship out of high school just what he was capable of.

Despite needing a couple weeks early on to settle into the Georgia system and establish himself in the starting lineup, Ganus led the Bulldogs with 96 tackles and was named the team’s MVP. During a season in which Georgia as a team didn’t come to play every week, Ganus was an exception who clearly appreciated the opportunity to play SEC football and brought his best every time he stepped on the field.


The list may be getting a little linebacker heavy, but it’s hard to leave off one of the few bright spots in Mizzou’s season. Brothers led the nation with an unbelievable 152 tackles and earned second-team All-American honors. The Oklahoma native only had one game all season in which he didn’t record double-digit tackles.

Defense was hardly the Tigers problem this season and Brothers was a huge reason why. The man was simply all over the field and relentless when it came to getting to the ball carrier. If Mizzou had a few players half as productive as Brothers on the offensive end, perhaps the Tigers could have been in the mix for another SEC East title instead of staying home for the holidays with a losing record.


A few weeks into the season it was pretty easy to dismiss Arkansas as irrelevant, but the Razorbacks wound up becoming a pretty good team by season’s end and that’s thanks in huge part to their senior quarterback who will surprisingly go down now as one of the program’s all-time greats at the position.

Allen wound up completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 3,125 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also combined with Prescott to give us one of the most memorable games of the season when the two great senior quarterbacks went blow-for-blow in classic shootout. By midway through the season it looked fairly obvious we were heading toward an Alabama-Florida conference championship game, but Allen and the Razorbacks helped provide some unpredictability to the SEC West, and for that he deserves some appreciation.