The SEC's top 25 players: No. 14

February, 23, 2012
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Another defensive back makes our list, and this one had a knack for making plays all over the field:

No. 14: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia, Sr.

Preseason rank: Not ranked in the 2011 preseason rankings.

2011 summary: He was fourth on the team with 55 tackles, including 11 for loss. He also had three interceptions, defended 12 passes, forced two fumbles and had a safety. He led the Bulldogs in all-purpose yards with 1,203 (850 kick return, 180 punt return, 103 receiving and 71 rushing). He finished the year with four total touchdowns and won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile college football player. He was Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and a second team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches.

Why he's here: Boykin tried to do just about everything he could (except throw the ball) to help the Bulldogs last season. He was a threat in the return game, was a shutdown corner and probably should have been used more on offense, especially in the running game. Boykin only recorded 13 interceptions, but that didn't mean he wasn't solid in coverage. He had the ability to take his side of the field away, forcing quarterbacks to look elsewhere for plays. He really showed how special of a player he was in the Outback Bowl loss to Michigan State when he scored three different ways with a safety, a 92-yard punt return and a 13-yard reception. He was elite in two phases of his game -- defense and special teams -- and probably would have been on offense as well, if he received more touches. He also left school as Georgia's leader in career kickoff return yards with 2,663, which ranks second in SEC history. He's also the only player in SEC history with three 100-yard plays of any kind. Boykin was also an ultimate leader for this team. He was one of the players his teammates turned to when this team fell behind 0-2 to start the season. It was just his play that helped propel this team toward its rebound.
  • No. 15: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
  • No. 16: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
  • No. 17: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
  • No. 18: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
  • No. 19: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
  • No. 20: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
  • No. 21: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
  • No. 22: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
  • No. 23: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
  • No. 24: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
  • No. 25: Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn

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