Looking back at the SEC's best in 2009

June, 2, 2010
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As we count down the top 25 players in the SEC going into the 2010 season, I thought we'd take one final look back at both the postseason and preseason lists from a year ago.

Notice some of the omissions in the preseason list.

No Mark Ingram. No Ryan Mallett. No Maurkice Pouncey and no Ben Tate.

Also, keep in mind that we did 30 players last year and only 25 this year, which makes this an even more impossible task.

The SEC's 30 best players, 2009 postseason:

  • No. 1: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
  • No. 2: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
  • No. 3: Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
  • No. 4: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
  • No. 5: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
  • No. 6: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
  • No. 7: Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State
  • No. 8: Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama
  • No. 9: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
  • No. 10: Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn
  • No. 11: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
  • No. 12: Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina
  • No. 13: Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
  • No. 14: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
  • No. 15: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
  • No. 16: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
  • No. 17: Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
  • No. 18: Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
  • No. 19: Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama
  • No. 20: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
  • No. 21: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia
  • No. 22: Randall Cobb, QB/WR, Kentucky
  • No. 23: Shay Hodge, WR, Ole Miss
  • No. 24: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
  • No. 25: Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State
  • No. 26: Malcolm Sheppard, DT, Arkansas
  • No. 27: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
  • No. 28: Terrence Cody, NG, Alabama
  • No. 29: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
  • No. 30: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
The SEC's 30 best players, 2009 preseason:

  • No. 1: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
  • No. 2: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
  • No. 3: Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
  • No. 4: Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
  • No. 5: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
  • No. 6: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
  • No. 7: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
  • No. 8: Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
  • No. 9: Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
  • No. 10: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
  • No. 11: Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina
  • No. 12: Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn
  • No. 13: Ciron Black, OT, LSU
  • No. 14: Terrence Cody, NG, Alabama
  • No. 15: D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas
  • No. 16: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia
  • No. 17: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
  • No. 18: Michael Smith, RB, Arkansas
  • No. 19: Charles Scott, RB, LSU
  • No. 20: Malcolm Sheppard, DT, Arkansas
  • No. 21: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
  • No. 22: Jeffery Demps, RB/WR, Florida
  • No. 23: John Jerry, OT, Ole Miss
  • No. 24: Chad Jones, S, LSU
  • No. 25: Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
  • No. 26: Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State
  • No. 27: Javier Arenas, CB/RS, Alabama
  • No. 28: Micah Johnson, LB, Kentucky
  • No. 29: Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
  • No. 30: Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt

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