Breaking down the 2010 ESPNU 150

June, 8, 2011
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Now that the 2012 ESPNU 150 list is out, here’s an update on the 2010 ESPNU 150 players – all 56 of them – who signed with SEC schools:

IMPACT PLAYERS

[+] EnlargeMike Dyer
John Reed/US PresswireRunning back Mike Dyer averaged 5.9 yards per carry against SEC opponents last season.
No. 5: Mike Dyer, RB, Auburn -- He holds the Auburn freshman rushing record with 1,093 yards and was named the Offensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game. In conference games only, he led the league with 5.9 yards per carry.

No. 9: Matt Elam, S, Florida -- Elam backed up All-SEC safety Ahmad Black and was the Gators’ nickel corner. Last fall, Elam showed that he’ll be one of the more aggressive safeties in the league and totaled 22 tackles in 13 games. He enters this season as Florida’s starting strong safety.

No. 16: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama -- Milliner was immediately thrown into the fire by Alabama’s coaching staff, starting 11 games as a true freshman. He was named both a Freshman All-American and a Freshman All-SEC selection. He was fourth on the team with 55 tackles and had one interception in 2010.

No. 19: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina -- Lattimore was the unanimous pick for National Freshman of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year. He was a first-team All-SEC choice by both the league's coaches and the Associated Press after rushing for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns on 249 carries.

No. 24: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee -- A rarity in the SEC, the mammoth James started all 13 games at right tackle for the Vols as a true freshman and is a budding star at his position.

No. 25: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida -- Floyd could have been a lot better in 2010, but he was one of the most consistent of Florida’s tremendously hyped freshman class. He played in 13 games, totaling 23 tackles, including 6.5 for loss.

No. 26: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee -- He showed right away that he has a nose for the end zone, turning 16 of his catches last season into seven touchdowns and averaging 25.9 yards per catch.

No. 29: Alec Ogletree, S, Georgia -- He started out as a safety and was named to the SEC All-Freshmen team by the coaches, but moved to inside linebacker this spring and is a tackling machine.

No. 79: Cody Riggs, CB, Florida -- Riggs played in all 13 games and started three. He saw his playing time increase throughout the season and is competing for one of the two cornerback spots this fall.

No. 94: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn -- Although he didn’t start, Lemonier showed the tools that should make him one of the top defensive ends in the SEC this season. He had a key tackle for loss in the BCS National Championship Game.

No. 99: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama -- Mosley made just three starts as a freshman, but was third on the team with 67 tackles, had two interceptions and finished the season with 10 pass breakups. He was a first-team Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC member and is one of those players who’s just always around the ball.

No. 100: James Stone, C, Tennessee -- Making the transition to center, Stone started eight of the 12 games he played in last fall and earned Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

[+] EnlargeTyler Bray
Jim Brown/US PresswireThe Vols' Tyler Bray threw 16 TD passes in five starts last season.
No. 135: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee -- After taking over the starting duties late in the season, he led the Vols to four straight victories, throwing 16 touchdowns in his five starts and was one of two quarterbacks in the SEC to claim four 300-yard passing performances.

JURY’S STILL OUT

No. 1: Ronald Powell, DE, Florida -- The country’s top prospect struggled with adjusting to college life and the college game. Attitude issues made the situation worse. However, a new coaching staff brought out a new attitude in Powell, who will start as the Gators’ hybrid linebacker/defensive end called the “Buck” this fall.

No. 3: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida -- Easley was supposed to be a pain for opposing offensive linemen, but was instead a pain for his coaches. Discipline problems plagued him for most of last fall. He regrouped this spring and is competing for a starting job at tackle.

No. 30: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee -- He was very raw as a true freshman, but showed flashes. This spring, he was one of the Vols’ most consistent playmakers, not to mention one of their most improved players.

No. 35: Gerald Christian, TE, Florida -- Played both linebacker and tight end this spring.

No. 36: John Fulton, CB, Alabama -- Fulton played in all 13 games last fall and was a regular contributor on special teams. He recorded two pass breakups and five tackles.

No. 50: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida -- He played in 10 games last fall, totaling eight tackles.

No. 51: Corey Miller, DE, Tennessee -- The Vols need help at defensive tackle, and Miller should give them more depth inside there after moving over from end.

No. 81: Eric Reid, S, LSU -- Reid will be relied on heavily this season and started three of the 12 games he played in last season, recording 25 tackles and one interception.

No. 84: T. J. Stripling: OLB, Georgia -- He played in five games a year ago before suffering a ruptured patella tendon against Colorado, ending his season.

No. 91: Tharold Simon, CB, LSU -- One of the taller cornerbacks in the league, Simon is one of four super sophomores in the Tigers’ defensive backfield.

No. 95: Kadron Boone, WR, LSU -- Boone really impressed this spring and should help the Tigers out with their receiver depth this fall, especially with Terrence Toliver gone.

No. 106: Solomon Patton, WR, Florida -- Could be the Gators' next game-changer in the return game.

No. 143: Garrison Smith, DT, Georgia -- After playing in seven games last season, Smith ended this spring as the backup to DeAngelo Tyson at end.

No. 146: Justin Maclin, DE, LSU -- He filled in at end after Sam Montgomery injured his knee, although Maclin played in just one game.

REDSHIRTED/PREP SCHOOL

No. 28: Joshua Shaw, CB, Florida -- Shaw moved from cornerback to safety this spring.

No. 32: Phillip Sims, QB, Alabama -- He exited the spring neck-and-neck with sophomore AJ McCarron for the starting spot in the Tide’s quarterback race.

No. 34: Mack Brown, RB, Florida -- Brown carried the ball three times for 23 yards, but redshirted. He broke his fibula in his leg this spring, but will return for fall camp.

No. 39: Trovon Reed, WR, Auburn -- Had it not been for knee problems, Reed would have been a big part of the Tigers’ offense last season. He should be one of the top newcomers in the SEC this fall.

No. 41: Ian Silberman, OL, Florida -- Moved to guard this spring.

No. 52: Chaz Green, OL, Florida -- He was the Gators’ starting left tackle this spring.

No. 54: Adrian Hubbard, DE, Alabama -- He will compete for time at the Jack linebacker spot.

No. 57: Travis Dickson, TE, LSU -- The younger brother of former LSU tight end Richard Dickson, who’s now in the NFL.

No. 74: Chad Lindsay, OL, Alabama -- A backup to William Vlachos at center, Lindsay could also play guard.

No. 78: Eric Mack, OT, Auburn -- After coming in too heavy, Mack will battle for one of the starting guard spots this fall.

No. 85: A.J. Cann, OL, South Carolina -- Cann made major strides this spring. He did so well that he’ll enter fall camp as the starter at left guard.

No. 81: Leon Orr, OL/DL, Florida -- Moved from offensive tackle to defensive tackle this spring.

No. 89: Keiwone Malone, WR, Alabama -- Malone is looking to be a deep threat for the Crimson Tide.

No. 96: Kolton Houston, OT, Georgia -- Houston will battle for one of the starting guard spots this fall and also worked at tackle in the spring.

No. 97: Ken Malcome, RB, Georgia -- With Washaun Ealey leaving, Malcome will have a shot to break into the Bulldogs’ running back rotation.

No. 104: Damien Robinson, OT, Mississippi State -- He ended the spring as a reserve at guard. But standing 6-8, his future could be at tackle.

No. 111: Chris Martin, DE/LB, Florida -- The Cal transfer will be a hybrid like Powell.

No. 119: Brent Benedict, OT, Georgia -- A serious knee injury in high school held back Benedict last season.

No. 123: Michael Taylor, LB, Florida -- Coming off a solid spring, Taylor will be counted on to add depth at linebacker for the Gators.

No. 124: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina -- After spending the 2010 season at prep school, Quarles showed this spring that he will be able to help right away in the middle of that South Carolina defensive line.

No. 132: Brian Vogler, TE, Alabama -- Vogler got a lot of practice reps at H-back in the spring.

No. 136: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU -- The Tigers plan on playing Ferguson both inside and outside in certain situations after he made a big splash this spring.

No. 138: LaDarius Owens, LB, Auburn -- Auburn will be looking for linebacker help, and Owens’ physical talent is hard to miss.

No. 139: Evan Washington, OT, LSU -- The Tigers return four starters up front, but Washington could help at guard or tackle.

ALREADY GONE

No. 10: Jonathan Dowling, S, Florida -- Former Florida coach Urban Meyer kicked Dowling off the team last November for violating team rules.

No. 37: Chris Dunkley, WR, Florida -- Transferred to South Florida this spring.

No. 47: Antonio Goodwin, WR, Auburn -- Dismissed from Auburn’s team after being arrested and charged with armed robbery in March.

No. 93: Cam Feldt, OT, Arkansas -- Granted his release by Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino in May and plans to transfer.

No. 98: Shaun Kitchens, WR, Auburn -- Dismissed from Auburn’s team after being arrested and charged with armed robbery in March.

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