Per usual, recap at the bottom…
#12 Lamin Barrow
It has gotten to a point where you expect a handful of nobodies from LSU’s defense to step into starting roles and become All-SEC caliber players every year. As a sophomore Barrow had 17 tackles. A year later, he had over 100. That’s how you quickly make a name for yourself.
The top of our countdown is littered with wide receivers, and today we have another one at lucky number 13…
Edit: We’ve added the 30-14 recap at the end.
#13 Donte Moncrief
The good thing about a great receiver is their ability to take over a game. The bad thing is their ability to be taken out of any game. What’s special about Moncrief is that he shows up when his team needs him most. His biggest games came in his team’s most important games, against their biggest rivals, and opposing defenses can’t do much about it.
So far in the countdown we’ve been kind to the big guys on the offensive line. It’s time we showed some love for the interior defensive linemen now…
#14 Dominique Easley
The Florida Gator defense is the unit that is supposed to bring Will Muschamp’s team to glory, and Dominique Easley is the key component to that unit. With Sharif Floyd gone from that defensive line, it’s time for Easley to step up.
This defensive tackle missed out on two games due to injury, but he still managed to lead the team in sacks with four, and he’s the leading returner in tackles for loss with eight and a half. For an interior lineman to come up with numbers like these on a defense with other stars means he’s doing something right.
The numbers don’t begin to tell the story here though, as is the case with most players at this position. Easley played defensive tackle in 2011 and was a force inside, but moved to a more suitable defensive end spot in 2012. He can play either, but at 280lbs, end is more ideal for his size and speed. He eats up blockers, forces quick throws and alters an opponent’s game plan.
Now that Floyd and Matt Elam are gone, Easley is the man on this defense. If he wants to truly live up to his billing, this is the year for him. The Gator’s schedule has plenty of big games for him to showcase his talents and put his name firmly in the first round of next year’s NFL draft.
The Southeastern Conference isn’t typically known for air raids. But what a lot of people don’t realize about the conference is that it’s teams are recruiting top notch talent at the wide receiver position. And those guys are producing.
The SEC is home to some of the best young talent out wide, from Mike Evans to Amari Cooper to Donte Moncrief. Find out where guys like these help their teams land in our conference wide ranking of the wide receiver position.
So far our list has been mostly upperclassmen with experience and notoriety. Today we introduce the second player on our list who was a freshman in 2012. And surprisingly enough, it’s our first from Texas A&M…
#15 Mike Evans
A huge athletic freak, Mike Evans took over the Texas A&M receiving corp by storm. The unit as a whole had senior leaders like Ryan Swope and Uz Nwachukwu, but it was the freshman who led the way.