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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
SEC names to remember


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Everybody knows who the stars are in this league. Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes, Jevan Snead, Eric Berry and Terrence Cody are just a few.

It's always fun, though, to look at guys who didn't necessarily go into spring practice as household names, but have a chance to be household names come fall.

Here are 10 names to remember in the SEC (listed alphabetically):

Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas: It was obvious watching him as a freshman that Adams had some special gifts. He showed this spring that he can also be a special player.

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: It's not every day that a true freshman walks onto campus in the SEC and establishes himself as the starter at cornerback. Gilmore did it in a spring.

Winston Guy, S, Kentucky: The Wildcats' coaches think Guy can be a perfect complement to cornerback Trevard Lindley. Guy was one of Kentucky's most improved players in the spring.

Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama: There's a pretty fair linebacker on Alabama's roster by the name of Rolando McClain. Hightower is cut from that same mold.

Terence Jeffers, WR, Vanderbilt: After sitting out last year following his transfer from Connecticut, Jeffers was the Commodores' most dynamic offensive threat in the spring.

Pernell McPhee, DT, Mississippi State: Some junior college players get it right away, and some take a little longer to adjust. McPhee will anchor the Bulldogs' defensive line in 2009.

Drake Nevis, DT, LSU: Don't feel too sorry for the Tigers after losing the likes of Tyson Jackson, Ricky Jean-Francois and Kirston Pittman. Nevis should be a force in the middle.

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: The SEC has its share of accomplished cornerbacks, but look for Peterson to play his way into the upper echelon next season. He has star written all over him.

Deonte Thompson, WR, Florida: Somebody has to fill the "Percy Position." Thompson has the speed, burst and big-play capability to be that kind of performer for the Gators.

Chris Walker, DE, Tennessee: Walker was solid for the Vols last season. He was downright unblockable this past spring, which is bad news for those teams trying to block him in the fall.