- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley was a runaway winner as the SEC's most improved player last season. He came out of nowhere to win the Lombardi Award and developed into the most dominant interior defensive lineman in college football.
Is there another Nick Fairley out there for 2011?
Who will be the league's most improved players next season?
There are some obvious candidates, and then there are those guys who will fly under the radar similar to the way Fairley did last season.
He wasn't the only one who made huge strides. Arkansas running back Knile Davis, Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf and Ole Miss offensive tackle Bradley Sowell are three others who come to mind.
I've come up with five candidates for most improved honors next season. Tell us in our poll who you think will be the most improved player in the SEC at the end of next season, and I'll break down the results in a post next week.
2dAlex Scarborough and Greg Ostendorf
3dEdward Aschoff and Greg Ostendorf