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Monday, July 28, 2008
Ranking the SEC's best, 1-25

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The Gainesville Sun ran an interesting series this summer rating the Top 25 players in the SEC heading into the season.

Not surprisingly, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was No. 1, which is where he belongs. Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno was No. 2 and Florida receiver Percy Harvin No. 3.

It's pretty hard to argue with those choices, although I might have a defensive player somewhere in the top three -- LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois. LSU center Brett Helms told me at the SEC Media Days last week that he thinks Jean-Francois can be as dominant as any defensive lineman the Tigers have had since he's been on campus.

That's saying something when you check LSU's roster the past few years.

Granted, Jean-Francois isn't as proven as some of the other defenders in the league, but watch him take off this season.

Here's the Gainesville Sun's Top 25:

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
2. Knowshon Moreno, TB, Georgia
3. Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
4. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
5. Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
6. Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
7. Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
8. Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
9. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
10. Arian Foster, TB, Tennessee
11. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
12. Kenny McKinley, WR, South Carolina
13. Derek Pegues, S, Miss. State
14. Ricky Jean-Francois, DT, LSU
15. Anthony Parker, OG, Tennessee
16. Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina
17. D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
18. Eric Norwood, LB, South Carolina
19. Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida
20. Captain Munnerlyn, CB, South Carolina
21. Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
22. Anthony Dixon, RB, Miss. State
23. Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
24. Jeremy Jarmon, DE, Kentucky
25. Rico McCoy, LB, Tennessee

Now, here would be my Top 25:

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
2. Knowshon Moreno, TB, Georgia
3. Ricky Jean-Francois, DT, LSU
4. Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
5. Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn
6. Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
7. Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
8. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
9. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
10. Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
11. Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
12. Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
13. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
14. Derek Pegues, S, Miss. State
15. Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas
16. Darry Beckwith, LB, LSU
17. Kenny McKinley, WR, South Carolina
18. Arian Foster, RB, Tennessee
19. Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn
20. Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina
21. Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida
22. Demetrius Byrd, WR, LSU
23. Jeremy Jarmon, DE, Kentucky
24. Ciron Black, OT, LSU
25. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia