The SEC's most dangerous home-run threats
August, 31, 2009
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
We may be on the eve of football season, but the pennant races are also heating up in baseball.
So in the spirit of America's favorite pastime, here are my top 10 home-run threats this season in the SEC. I didn't include freshmen or newcomers in this list:
1. Jeffery Demps, Florida: Scored eight touchdowns last season, and six of the eight were from 36 yards or longer. He's a big play waiting to happen.
2. A.J. Green, Georgia: Regardless of where he catches it on the field or how many people are around him, Green is always a threat to score.
3. Brandon LaFell, LSU: His blend of size and breakaway speed make him the best deep threat in the league.
4. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss: He does it as a quarterback, as a running back and as a receiver. He's impossible to corner in the open field.
5. Michael Smith, Arkansas: The Hogs will feature an array of big-play threats in 2009, and a healthy Smith will be even more dangerous now that he has help.
6. Shay Hodge, Ole Miss: The most underrated offensive skill player in the league. Hodge has 14 touchdown catches in his past two seasons.
7. Randall Cobb, Kentucky: Like McCluster, Cobb's going to get chances from any number of positions this season. He's something to see in the open field.
8. Chris Rainey, Florida: Another one of those speed guys the Gators seem to breed. Rainey averaged 7.9 yards per touch last season as a redshirt freshman.
9. Mario Fannin, Auburn: He's been under-utilized the past couple of years, but not this season. Fannin is the trigger man in the Wildcat formation and will also return punts.
10. Trindon Holliday, LSU: After an off season a year ago, Holliday will be used more as a running back in 2009. He's still one of the fastest players in the college game and an absolute blur when he gets a step.
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
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12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State