The SEC's top 25 players: No. 13

February, 24, 2012
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Was there any SEC player last season more electric in the open field than this guy?

No. 13: Joe Adams, WR/RS, Arkansas, Sr.

Preseason rank: No. 16

2011 summary: Adams was second on Arkansas' team with 50 catches. He finished with 652 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. Adams returned four punts for touchdowns, tying an SEC record, and was second nationally with a 16.9-yard average on punt returns. Adams was a consensus All-American and honored as both a return specialist and all-purpose player. He was named the SEC's Special Teams Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

Why he's here: Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino would describe it simply as "Wow!" when Adams would make one of those jaw-dropping moves and then turn on the jets until he reached the end zone. Easily one of the most dynamic and versatile players in college football, Adams also had impeccable timing. Whenever the Hogs needed a big play, he was almost always there to deliver in 2011. He returned two punts for touchdowns in the opener against Missouri State and then capped his college career by returning one 51 yards for a touchdown to jump-start Arkansas to a 29-16 win over Kansas State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Adams also had one of the plays of the year in the SEC when he broke seven tackles on his way to a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown against Tennessee. And if you want speed, go back and watch Adams' 92-yard run for a touchdown against Auburn. Adams was the only FBS player in the country last season to have multiple punt returns for touchdowns and also have a rushing and receiving touchdown. He was the ultimate playmaker for the Hogs.

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