Re-ranking the SEC's best 25 players

October, 13, 2011
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We all deserve a second chance.

Wouldn’t you love to go back to high school, knowing then what you do now?

We’re getting a second chance on the SEC blog to rank the top 25 players in this league based on what they’ve done the first half of this season.

Edward’s already unveiled his updated list. Now, I roll out mine. Probably my biggest regret concerning the one we did in the preseason was that we didn’t have more LSU players on it. We only had one (cornerback Morris Claiborne), and that was an obvious whiff.

But what do a bunch of bloggers know, right?

Here goes with my midseason re-ranking of the SEC’s top 25 players:

1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: He has the ultimate blend of size, power and speed.

2. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: It’s an extremely close race between Richardson and Lattimore.

3. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: If there’s a play to be made on defense, Mathieu is right there to make it.

4. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: At this rate, he’s going to set a record for defensive touchdowns.

5. Mark Barron, S, Alabama: In a talented Alabama secondary, Barron is the guy who makes it all go.

6. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama: When he’s right, there’s not a more feared pass-rusher in the league.

7. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: One of the league’s top corners, Claiborne is also lights out returning kickoffs.

8. Barrett Jones, OT, Alabama: He was All-SEC at right guard a year ago and is now playing equally well at left tackle.

9. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee: He threw 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions in his first five games before breaking his thumb.

10. Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn: His carries are going up, and so is his production. He’s like tackling a bowling ball.

11. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas: The Hogs are loaded at receiver, and Wright has been the best of the bunch.

12. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: Not only is Montgomery a big-time pass-rusher, but he’s also a force against the run.

13. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: He’s taken his game to another level these past two games. He has 12 touchdowns and only three picks.

14. Chris Rainey, RB, Florida: He’s cooled somewhat after a red-hot start, but is still one of the best playmakers in the league.

15. Antonio Allen, LB/S, South Carolina: In a lot of ways, he’s done for South Carolina what Mathieu has for LSU.

16. Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama: His leadership, versatility and production have all been key for the Tide.

17. Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee: Losing Justin Hunter will hurt, but Rogers has six touchdowns in five games.

18. DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama: He’s healthy and playing at an All-SEC level, both at cornerback and nickel back.

19. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina: Despite all sorts of attention by defenses, Jeffery still has four touchdowns.

20. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: He's been the kind of all-around playmaker the Dawgs needed outside in their 3-4 scheme.

21. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt: Don’t sleep on the Commodores’ secondary. Hayward already has four interceptions.

22. Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas: He's run for a 92-yard touchdown, scored twice on punt returns and caught a touchdown pass.

23. William Vlachos, C, Alabama: He’s been a force in the middle of that Alabama offensive line and playing his best football.

24. Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky: He led the SEC in tackles a year ago and is on his way to doing so again with 72 tackles.

25. P.J. Lonergan, C, LSU: There's no shortage of outstanding centers in this league, and Lonergan is right there near the top.

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