We’re at No. 22 today in our countdown of the SEC’s 25 best players, and we still haven’t had a guy who was on the preseason or postseason list a year ago.
No. 22: Greg Childs, WR, Jr., Arkansas
2009 numbers: Led the Hogs with 48 catches for 894 yards and seven touchdowns. Averaged 18.6 yards per catch.
Most recent ranking: Not ranked in preseason or postseason countdown for 2009.
Making the case for Childs: The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Childs is a big, rangy target, but also has the speed to break the big play, as evidenced by his 75-yard touchdown catch against Florida last season. Outstanding after the catch, Childs was at his best when it counted most in 2009. He led all SEC receivers in league games only in touchdown catches (six), receiving yards (737) and yards per catch (23). He led the nation in receiving yards against Top 25 opponents (402) and led the SEC in catches of 25 yards or more (13) and catches in the fourth quarter (16). Childs is already a tough matchup with his size and speed. But when you put Jarius Wright, Joe Adams, D.J. Williams and Cobi Hamilton around him, he becomes that much more dangerous. Childs probably didn’t get the credit he deserved a year ago, at least in terms of postseason honors. He didn’t make first- or second-team All-SEC. But as Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett said, Childs was “one of the most dominant receivers out there as far as catches and yards after the catch.”