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Comparing SEC Top 25 player lists

7/27/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The Gainesville Sun recently completed its countdown of the Top 25 players in the SEC.

It's pretty similar to the one I did back in May. In fact, the top six players are the same, although in a little different order.

One of the biggest differences in the lists revolves around Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain. I had McClain No. 7, while The Sun had him No. 13.

Also, I had Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams No. 15, and he wasn't included in The Sun's Top 25. Florida running back/receiver Jeffery Demps was No. 22 on my list, and he wasn't in The Sun's Top 25.

Where's the love for the hometown Gators?

However, The Sun did have Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez on its list, and I didn't. As I look back on my list, one of my greatest regrets is not including Hernandez. He's a big-time player.

Here's a look at how the two lists compare. It will be fun to revisit these lists at the end of the season:

The Gainesville Sun's Top 25 SEC players

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
2. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
3. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
4. Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
5. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
6. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
7. Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
8. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
9. Ciron Black, OT, LSU
10. Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn
11. Joe Haden, CB, Florida
12. Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
13. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
14. Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia
15. Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina
16. Malcolm Sheppard, DT, Arkansas
17. Charles Scott, RB, LSU
18. Micah Johnson, LB, Kentucky
19. Terrence Cody, NG, Alabama
20. John Jerry, OT, Ole Miss
21. Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
22. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
23. Javier Arenas, CB/RS, Alabama
24. Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
25. Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU

My Top 25 SEC players

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
2. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
3. Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
4. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
5. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
6. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
7. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
8. Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
9. Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
10. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
11. Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina
12. Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn
13. Ciron Black, OT, LSU
14. Terrence Cody, NG, Alabama
15. D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas
16. Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia
17. Joe Haden, CB, Florida
18. Michael Smith, RB, Arkansas
19. Charles Scott, RB, LSU
20. Malcolm Sheppard, DT, Arkansas
21. Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
22. Jeffery Demps, RB/WR, Florida
23. John Jerry, OT, Ole Miss
24. Chad Jones, S, LSU
25. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia