LSU Tigers: 2013 SEC final player countdown

The SEC's 25 best players: No. 12

January, 28, 2014
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His season didn't start under the most positive circumstances, with an offseason arrest delaying his return until a limited workload in Week 2 against UAB, but LSU's Jeremy Hill was a beast once he returned to the lineup full time. His physical running helped him rank among the league's top tailbacks.

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Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesLSU RB Jeremy Hill ran for 1,401 yards, which was No. 2 in the SEC, and 16 touchdowns.

No. 12: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

2013 summary: After returning to the lineup against UAB, Hill rushed for at least 100 yards in seven of the remaining 11 games, finishing the fall with 1,401 yards -- the second-best rushing total in school history -- and 16 touchdowns. He was also the team's third-leading receiver with 181 yards on 18 catches.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked in the 2013 preseason countdown

Making the case for Hill: He entered the NFL draft after a standout sophomore season because of next-level running ability. His off-the-field issues will almost certainly affect Hill's NFL draft stock, but his skills while toting the rock aren't in doubt. LSU's offense largely sputtered on a wet, miserable day in Tampa when the Tigers faced Iowa in the Outback Bowl, but Hill (28 carries for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns) carried the Tigers to a 21-14 win. He also ran 25 times for 184 yards and three scores as LSU handed Auburn its only loss of the regular season and posted 157- and 121-yard outings against Mississippi State and Florida, respectively. Only Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason finished with more rushing yards among SEC backs in 2013.

The rundown:
No. 13: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn, Sr.
No. 14: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia, So.
No. 15: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, Jr.
No. 16: Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU, Jr.
No. 17: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, Jr.
No. 18: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama, So.
No. 19: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU, Jr.
No. 20: Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss, Jr.
No. 21: Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn, Jr.
No. 22: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama, Jr.
No. 23: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State, Sr.
No. 24: Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt, Sr.
No. 25: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri, Jr.

The SEC's 25 best players: No. 16

January, 24, 2014
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Auburn's Chris Davis made the return that will live in infamy against Alabama, but Odell Beckham Jr. completed missed field goal returns for 109-yard touchdowns before it was cool. He beat Davis to the punch by a couple of months, accomplishing the feat in a Week 2 win against UAB -- the most memorable highlight in an electric season by Beckham.

No. 16: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

2013 summary: Not only did Beckham finish fourth in the SEC with 88.6 receiving yards per game (on a total of 59 catches for 1,152 yards and eight TDs), he was also the SEC's No. 3 kickoff return man (26.4 YPG) and finished fourth in punt return average (8.9). Beckham finished second nationally in all-purpose yards (178.1) and earned third-team All-America honors as an all-purpose performer.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked in the 2013 preseason countdown

Making the case for Beckham: The 2013 Paul Hornung Award winner -- which goes to the nation's most versatile player -- capped a standout junior season with a ridiculous one-handed catch against Iowa in the Outback Bowl. Many of the other 58 catches he made during the season were also impressive, with Beckham becoming one of the league's most memorable offensive playmakers in recent memory. He posted five 100-yard games as a receiver -- including a 179-yard, two-touchdown performance against Mississippi State and a 204-yard, two-score outing against Furman -- and also had four games where he totaled more than 100 yards in kickoff returns. Some NFL team is going to be extremely happy to get the early draft entrant onto its roster in a couple of months.

The rundown:
No. 17: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, Jr.
No. 18: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama, So.
No. 19: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU, Jr.
No. 20: Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss, Jr.
No. 21: Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn, Jr.
No. 22: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama, Jr.
No. 23: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State, Sr.
No. 24: Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt, Sr.
No. 25: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri, Jr.


The SEC's 25 best players: No. 19

January, 23, 2014
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One of the most clutch receivers in the league -- check out that acrobatic one-handed grab he made during LSU's comeback against Arkansas -- Jarvis Landry teamed with Odell Beckham to form one of the nation's most dangerous 1-2 receiving punches.

No. 19: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

2013 summary: When Zach Mettenberger desperately needed to complete a pass, he looked Landry's way more than anywhere else. And more often than not, Landry rewarded Mettenberger for his confidence. The junior finished with 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns -- all totals that rank among the top five single-season showings in LSU history -- and entered the NFL draft after the season.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked in the 2013 preseason countdown

Making the case for Landry: Although he also had talented tailback Jeremy Hill eating up chunks of yards and one of the league's most dynamic playmakers, Beckham, lining up alongside him, Landry still ranked third in the SEC with an average of 91.8 receiving yards per game. He posted five 100-yard games -- including a 10-catch, 156-yard outing against Georgia -- and totaled at least 87 yards in each of the last five games of the regular season as the Tigers pushed toward their program-record fourth straight season of at least 10 wins. His and Beckham's departures will leave an enormous void in the Tigers' passing game, as they combined for 2,345 of the team's 3,263 receiving yards.

The rundown
No. 20: Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss, Jr.
No. 21: Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn, Jr.
No. 22: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama, Jr.
No. 23: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State, Sr.
No. 24: Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt, Sr.
No. 25: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri, Jr.

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