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Friday, August 1, 2008
The SEC's 'most clutch' players of all-time


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

 
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 When Herschel Walker left Georgia, he owned 41 school records.

How do you pick just 10 in a league like the SEC? But here's my old college try. The players are listed alphabetically:

Doug Atkins, DE, Tennessee: The Vols went 29-3-1 with Atkins on the field and won the 1951 national championship. He was ahead of his time as an athlete and only lost one SEC game during his career.

Kevin Butler, K, Georgia: One of the best clutch kickers in college football history, Butler set the NCAA record with 27 multiple field-goal games and was a part of two SEC championship teams.

Billy Cannon, RB, LSU: They still talk about his famous punt return on Halloween night in 1959 to beat Ole Miss. Cannon, a speedster by even today's standards, was the centerpiece of the Tigers' 1958 national championship team.

Lee Roy Jordan, LB, Alabama: Considered the best inside linebacker in Alabama history. Jordan's 31 tackles against Oklahoma in the 1963 Orange Bowl is the stuff from which legends are made.

Barry Krauss, LB, Alabama: His memorable tackle on the goal line against Penn State in the 1979 Sugar Bowl to preserve Bear Bryant's next-to-last national championship was a snapshot of a career that epitomized clutch play.

Archie Manning, QB, Ole Miss: He didn't play on great teams, but remains perhaps the best all-around quarterback to play in the SEC. Manning played with a broken arm as a senior and was called by Bear Bryant the best college quarterback he ever saw.

Ken Stabler, QB, Alabama: Stabler was 28-3-2 as a starter at Alabama, which has produced its share of great quarterbacks. His "Run in the Mud" to beat Auburn in 1967 remains one of the most famous plays in Tide history.

Herschel Walker, TB, Georgia: Has any other player in SEC history had a greater impact? The Bulldogs went from 6-5 the year before to 12-0 and a national championship when Walker arrived. He won an SEC title all three years he was in school.

Al Wilson, LB, Tennessee: The heart and soul of Tennessee's 1998 national championship team, Wilson willed the Vols to victory more than once and left school with a pair of SEC championship rings.

Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida: He didn't have a prototypical NFL arm and wasn't very big, but "Danny Wonderful" was a machine at finding open receivers. The 1996 Heisman Trophy winner threw an SEC-record 114 touchdown passes and won four SEC titles.