Ole Miss’ star receiver led the conference in receiving yards (1,082), is second in receptions (76), and is tied for third in touchdown grabs (8). His combination of athletic ability and competitiveness makes him a potential top-10 pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
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WR: Pharoh Cooper - South Carolina
Cooper will go down as one of the best receivers to play at South Carolina. For the second-straight season, he led the team in both receiving yards and receptions. There might not be a more heavily relied-upon player on his respective team than Cooper has been to the Gamecocks.
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OL: Cam Robinson - Alabama
Alabama’s super sophomore left tackle has been a big reason for running back Derrick Henry’s sensational Heisman Trophy-winning campaign. With another year to come in Tuscaloosa, Robinson has the look of a top NFL Draft choice when eligible in 2017.
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OL: Vadal Alexander - LSU
A four-year starter, Alexander is unquestionably one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. His positional versatility enabled him to shift over from guard to tackle flawlessly. Alexander’s dominant play paved consistent running lanes for Leonard Fournette.
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OL: John Theus - Georgia
A starter since his freshman year, Theus has been a model of consistency for the Bulldogs. The Florida native has been equally impressive in both run blocking and pass protection. He’s a big reason why Georgia rushers combined for 2,332 yards and 21 touchdowns on the year.
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OL: Sebastian Tretola - Arkansas
The California native has been the lynchpin of Arkansas’ vaunted offensive line group all year. He led the team with 68 knockdowns and committed only one penalty on the season. Tretola has also allowed one-half sack in his entire career with the Razorbacks.
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OL: Ryan Kelly - Alabama
A gritty, hard-nosed, tough performer, Alabama’s starting center means a considerable amount to his team. He was the Rimington Award winner in 2015 – an honor given to the nation’s best center. Kelly was flagged for one penalty, and graded out exceptionally well. Perhaps most impressively, he captained the line responsible for Henry’s Heisman Trophy win.
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TE: Hunter Henry - Arkansas
This year’s winner of the John Mackey Award, Henry has solidified himself over the past three seasons as the top tight end in the conference. He accrued 46 receptions for 647 yards, and was an integral member of the pass attack in Fayetteville. Without question, he will be a top NFL prospect at the tight end position (once he decides to leave).
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QB: Dak Prescott - Mississippi State
What more could Prescott do? The signal-caller out of Louisiana was second in the conference in passing yards (3,413) and third in touchdown throws (25). Prescott smashed every passing record at MSU, and became the third player in SEC history to throw for at least 50 touchdowns and rush for at least 30 touchdowns. He will go down as arguably the most decorated player to ever play in Starkville.
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RB: Derrick Henry - Alabama
This year’s Heisman Trophy winner led the country with 1,986 yards rushing and 23 rushing touchdowns. Henry was the fulcrum of the Alabama offense – picking up yardage in chunks and galvanizing the team with exceptional play. He’ll look to build upon a greater 2015 with a possible National Championship trophy in the four-team playoff starting on Dec. 31.
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RB: Leonard Fournette - LSU
The sophomore out of New Orleans had a spectacular start to the season – rushing for at least 150 yards in seven-straight games. While his numbers slowed in the second half of the season, Fournette still finished third nationally in rushing yards (1,741). He appears primed to be a leading Heisman Trophy contender in ’16.
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K: Daniel Carlson - Auburn
Auburn’s placekicker made 22-of-26 field-goal attempts and was named as Auburn’s overall Player of the Year. Only a sophomore, the Colorado native figures to be a heavy contender for the 2016 Lou Groza Award.
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Returner: Christian Kirk - Texas A&M
Texas A&M’s do-everything freshman out of Arizona was spectacular in his inaugural campaign. He led the team in catches (70), receiving yards (925), and touchdown grabs (6). Kirk also took two punts back for scores. He’ll be terrorizing SEC defensive backs with his quickness and vision for at least the next two seasons.