The SEC's 25 best players, postseason edition


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

It's time to check back on how I did ranking the SEC's Top 25 players in the preseason.

I'll give you one hint. The guy I ranked No. 1 back in August is still No. 1 -- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

After that, it gets ugly.

My biggest miss was LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois. I had him No. 3 in the preseason, but he was a huge disappointment this season and didn't even make my updated list.

Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy was another whiff by me. He was No. 7 on the preseason list. And while he played lights out in the win over Florida, he didn't make the final list.

Alabama led the way on the postseason list with seven of the 25 players. So much for the theory that Nick Saban was doing it with mirrors, huh? Then again, maybe he's just that good when it comes to developing players. LSU's five players were the most on the preseason list.

All told, 15 of the players I had on my preseason list didn't play well enough to make the postseason list.

I know, I know. With that kind of batting average, I'm going to be a lifer in the minor leagues.

The guy who made the biggest job from preseason to postseason was Ole Miss defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who had a fabulous senior season and led the SEC with 17 tackles for loss. I had Jerry No. 3 on my postseason list.

He was nowhere to be found on the preseason list, and that one's on me. He was easily one of the SEC's best 25 players coming into this season. I just blew it.

Anyway, here's my updated Top 25 list of the SEC's best players based solely on their performances this season. I've included the preseason list underneath:

Postseason Top 25

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
2. Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
3. Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
4. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
5. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
6. Percy Harvin, RB/WR, Florida
7. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
8. Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
9. D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
10. Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama
11. Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
12. Rashad Johnson, S, Alabama
13. Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
14. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
15. Herman Johnson, OG, LSU
16. Eric Norwood, LB, South Carolina
17. Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
18. Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
19. Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn
20. Glen Coffee, RB, Alabama
21. Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
22. Charles Scott, RB, LSU
23. Michael Smith, RB, Arkansas
24. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
25. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

Preseason Top 25

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
2. Knowshon Moreno, TB, Georgia
3. Ricky Jean-Francois, DT, LSU
4. Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
5. Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn
6. Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
7. Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
8. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
9. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
10. Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
11. Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
12. Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
13. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
14. Derek Pegues, S, Miss. State
15. Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas
16. Darry Beckwith, LB, LSU
17. Kenny McKinley, WR, South Carolina
18. Arian Foster, RB, Tennessee
19. Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn
20. Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina
21. Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida
22. Demetrius Byrd, WR, LSU
23. Jeremy Jarmon, DE, Kentucky
24. Ciron Black, OT, LSU
25. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia