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06-22-2017, 02:38 PM

Most Valuable Player: LSU's Derrius Guice

LSU running back Derrius Guice led the SEC in rushing with 1,387 yards despite sharing the backfield with teammate Leonard Fournette. With Fournette now off to the NFL, Guice could develop into one of the top players in the country.

Top Heisman Candidate: Alabama's Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts was named SEC Player of the Year and took his team to the national title game as a true freshman. He totaled 3,734 yards combined rushing and passing in 2016, and was responsible for 36 touchdowns.

Most Versatile: Texas A&M's Christian Kirk

Christian Kirk is a junior wide receiver coming off back-to-back seasons of 80-plus receptions, totaling an SEC-best 83 catches for 928 yards.

Most Underrated: Arkansas' Frank Ragnow

Senior Frank Ragnow has started 26 consecutive games the last two seasons for the Razorbacks. He was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2016, when he was voted Best Offensive Lineman and Best Run Blocker in the SEC by Pro Football Focus.

Best Linebacker: Kentucky's Jordan Jones

Kentucky linebacker Jordan Jones ranked third nationally in tackles per game last season (8.4), including an SEC-best 5.7 solo stops per game. He added 15.5 tackles for loss and nine QB hurries, earning second-team All-SEC honors.

Best Pass Rusher: LSU's Arden Key

LSU defensive end Arden Key led the SEC and set an LSU single-season record with 12 sacks in 2016, and has 17 in his two-year career. He added 56 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles last season.

Best Defensive Lineman: Georgia's Trent Thompson

Junior lineman Trent Thompson finished his sophomore year with 56 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and seven quarterback pressures. He was named MVP of the Liberty Bowl after totaling three sacks vs. TCU.

Best Cornerback: Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick

Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick was a dominant player at two positions in 2016, moving to safety after injured Eddie Jackson was lost for the season. Fitzpatrick was a first-team All-American, ending the year with 62 tackles and six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

Best Safety: Texas A&M's Armani Watts

Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts has 241 career tackles. He missed three games due to injury in 2016, but finished with 56 tackles, six tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a sack.

Best Passer: Arkansas' Austin Allen

Arkansas senior quarterback Austin Allen was responsible for 27 Razorback touchdowns (25 passing, 2 rushing) and passed for 3,430 yards to lead the SEC in 2016. He completed 25 touchdown passes to rank second in the SEC.

Best Blocking Back: LSU's J.D. Moore

LSU fullback J.D. Moore played in six games before an injury during the game against Alabama took him out for the remainder of the season. Moore's blocking abilities led the way for Leonard Fournette to rush for 244 at Syracuse and 228 yards against Auburn.

Best Offensive Lineman: Alabama's Jonah Williams

Sophomore Williams started every game at right tackle as a true freshman, picking up Freshman All-America and second-team All-SEC honors. Hes expected to move to left tackle this season.

Best Receiver: Texas A&M's Christian Kirk

Texas A&M's Christian Kirk scored nine touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016.

Best Kick Returner: Tennessee's Evan Berry

In 2016, Tennessee defensive back Evan Berry returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown vs. South Carolina, tying the UT school record. The safety also logged four season-best tackles during the SC game. Berry returned three kickoffs for 91 yards against Alabama.

Best Place-Kicker: Auburn's Daniel Carlson

Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson holds 12 Auburn kicking or scoring records. He has made 141 consecutive extra points (second in SEC history), and holds Auburn career records for field goals (69), points scored (354) and 50-yards-plus field goals made (eight).

Best Punter: Alabama's JK Scott

Alabama punter JK Scott averaged 47.2 yards per punt as a junior in 2016. He earned first-team All-SEC honors for the second time in his career, and was a second-team All-America pick

06-22-2017, 02:49 PM
Kentucky has one of the conference's best defensive players. That is not unusual considering Stoops focus on defense, but is unusual for UK who has been plagued by years of "bend don't break".

06-23-2017, 04:23 PM
Fitzpatrick will play FS this season, at least starting out.

06-24-2017, 04:38 PM
Kentucky has one of the conference's best defensive players. That is not unusual considering Stoops focus on defense, but is unusual for UK who has been plagued by years of "bend don't break".
Not saying this is the case, but ILBs on bad defenses make a lot of tackles. They can't get off the field.