The SEC's top 25 players: No. 15

February, 22, 2012
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This next guy on our countdown had a record-setting season.

No. 15: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas, Sr.

2011 summary: Wright led the SEC in receiving yards (1,117) and receiving touchdowns (12) and was second in receptions (66). He set the Arkansas single-season record in all three categories and leaves school as the career leader in receptions and receiving yards. Wright was a first-team All-SEC selection by both the coaches and Associated Press.

Why he's here: Not only did the 5-10, 180-pound Wright emerge as one of the SEC's best big-play receivers, but he improved as a runner after the catch and also showed a penchant for finding the end zone, as evidenced by his 12 touchdown receptions. Even though he's not very big, he showed his toughness time and time again in 2011 and combined that toughness with exceptional speed to put together a record-breaking season. Wright produced big catches and big performances and had an SEC-leading six touchdown catches in league games. His biggest game came in the 42-38 comeback win over Texas A&M when he pulled in 13 catches for 281 yards, and he also pounced on a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to tie that game. The Hogs weren't lacking in receiving talent this season, but Wright became the clear leader of that group and was also one of the strongest leaders on the entire team. His consistency was one of the big reasons the Hogs were able to win 11 games for the first time since the 1977 season.

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