Poll: Who's the SEC's next star?


South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and Georgia's Isaiah Crowell were supposed to make immediate splashes this season and they have.

Big cannonball splashes.

Clowney leads the SEC with four sacks and is tied for third with five tackles for loss. As he gains more experience and a deeper understanding of the defense, he's going to be unblockable. In obvious pass-rushing situations, he already is.

Crowell is tied for fourth in the SEC in rushing with 411 yards and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He's put some pop into the Bulldogs' offense and has shown the ability to break long runs and also put his head down and get the tough yards.

They're both true freshmen, and they're two of the SEC's most talented young players, which leads us to our poll question: Who is the SEC's brightest emerging star?

Clowney and Crowell are certainly two of the leading candidates, but they aren't the only ones.

LSU sophomore running back Spencer Ware would be in that group along with his teammate, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. For that matter, the Tigers are loaded with talented players who are sophomores or younger.

Tennessee sophomore receiver Da'Rick Rogers has four touchdown catches in three games and leads the SEC in catches per came. He has 20 receptions for 262 yards and will have to play the rest of the season without Justin Hunter on the other side. Hunter, another of the league's top young stars, tore his ACL in the Florida game.

There are a handful of talented sophomores in the league who we already knew a lot about, guys who sort of made their mark last season. That group includes South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and Auburn running back Mike Dyer.

So we won't include them in this exercise.

Somebody else who came up was Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who's had a fantastic start to this season. But Kirkpatrick's already a junior and may well turn pro following the season.

What we would like for you to do is tell us in our poll who you think is the SEC's brightest emerging star among the five choices we've laid out there.

We'll take a look at the results and break them down in the coming days.