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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
SEC sends several RBs to NFL combine

By Gary Laney

Several of RecruitingNation's SEC sites will look this week at the players headed to the NFL combine, which begins Friday in Indianapolis. Today: Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

LSU Tigers


Perhaps it says something about LSU's offense in 2012 that among a record 13 players invited to the NFL combine from the Tigers, only two are offensive skill players who are generally considered, at this point, marginal talents. Running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford are the only skill players invited to Indianapolis, which is understandable when one considers LSU was 10th in the SEC in total offense. It's also a sign of youth. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger, fullback J.C. Copeland, running back Jeremy Hill and all of LSU's primary threats at wide receiver will return in 2013.

Alabama Crimson Tide


Alabama wasn't packed with draft-eligible skill players on offense in 2012. Many of the Crimson Tide's playmakers were freshmen and sophomores. When AJ McCarron decided to come back for his senior season, the buzz on draft boards fell primarily on the well-formed shoulders of tailback Eddie Lacy.
-- Alex Scarborough, TideNation

Florida Gators


Florida has just one offensive-skill-position player participating in the NFL combine this week, but it was the Gators' best one. Mike Gillislee (1,152 yards) is coming off the first 1,000-yard season by a UF running back since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. The 5-foot-11, 209-pound Gillislee was at his best in big games, too. He ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns at Texas A&M, for 146 yards and two touchdowns against LSU, and 140 yards and two touchdowns against Florida State.
-- Michael DiRocco, GatorNation

Georgia Bulldogs


Although Georgia will be one of the best-represented schools at the combine, just two of the Bulldogs’ 11 participants will be from the offensive side of the ball. Receivers Tavarres King and Marlon Brown will participate in team interviews this week in Indianapolis and King will take the field for workouts on Sunday.
-- David Ching, DawgNation

Texas A&M Aggies


Texas A&M's best draft-eligible talent wasn't at the offensive skill positions, but the Aggies offer some nice players who will hear their names called at some point during the NFL draft. Perhaps the Aggies' two best offensive players were redshirt freshmen in quarterback Johnny Manziel and receiver Mike Evans, both of whom appear to have NFL futures in the long run. Meanwhile, these two players who produced impressively during their careers at Texas A&M, are worth keeping an eye on:
-- Sam Khan Jr., GigEmNation