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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Mount Rushmore: SEC West teams

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The Eastern Division was hard enough. Now, onto the Western Division.

I could have picked 10 or 12 for Alabama. Maybe the Crimson Tide should have two Mount Rushmores.

Anyway, here goes and thanks again for all your help. I'm sure there will be no second-guessing, right?

ALABAMA

Bear Bryant: Bryant is revered as much today in Alabama as he was when he was winning six national championships.

Lee Roy Jordan: Bryant referred to Jordan as the "finest player he ever coached."

Joe Namath: Broadway Joe was called the "greatest athlete I ever coached" by Bryant.

Ozzie Newsome: The quintessential tight end, Newsome was one of the most complete players to play for Bryant.

Just missed the cut: Cornelius Bennett, John Hannah, Don Hutson, Ken Stabler, Derrick Thomas, Frank Thomas.

ARKANSAS

Lance Alworth: The first athlete at Arkansas to letter in three different sports in the same year.

Frank Broyles: An iconic figure in the state, Broyles spent 50 years at Arkansas as either head football coach or athletic director.

Darren McFadden: Two-time Doak Walker Award winner is one of the SEC's best backs of the last quarter century.

Billy Ray Smith Jr.: Followed in his father's footsteps and became a two-time All-America defensive end in 1981-82.

Just missed the cut: Gary Anderson, Brandon Burlsworth, Dan Hampton, Ken Hatfield, Lou Holtz.

AUBURN

Pat Dye: As coach, he won 99 games and four SEC titles. As athletic director, he brought the Alabama game to Auburn.

Bo Jackson: The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner remains the greatest all-around athlete the SEC has ever seen.

Ralph "Shug" Jordan: Auburn's stadium bears his name. He won 176 games in 25 years, including the 1957 national championship.

Pat Sullivan: Two-time SEC Player of the Year who became Auburn's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1971.

Just missed the cut: Terry Beasley, Tucker Frederickson, Tracy Rocker, Tommy Tuberville, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams.

LSU

Billy Cannon: A true SEC legend and LSU's greatest player, Cannon won the Heisman Trophy in 1959.

Tommy Casanova: Played offense, defense and returned kicks and was a three-time All-American from 1969-71.

Glenn Dorsey: The most decorated defender in LSU history, Dorsey led the Tigers to the 2007 national championship.

Charles McClendon: LSU's winningest coach with 137 wins and 13 bowl appearances from 1962-79.

Just missed the cut: Paul Dietzel, Kevin Faulk, Dalton Hilliard, Bert Jones, Nick Saban.

MISSISSIPPI STATE

Johnie Cooks: The Bulldogs' greatest defender and a force on some of their best teams. The No. 2 pick in the 1982 NFL draft.

D.D. Lewis: A member of the College Hall of Fame, Lewis was a two-time All-SEC linebacker in 1966-67.

Jackie Sherrill: The winningest coach in Mississippi State history, Sherrill took the Bulldogs to the SEC title game in 1998.

Jackie Parker: An All-America quarterback in 1953 and a two-time SEC Most Valuable Player.

Just missed the cut: John Bond, Jack Cristal, Sylvester Croom, Eric Moulds, Tom "Shorty" McWilliams.

OLE MISS

Archie Manning: The very definition of an icon. The speed limit on Ole Miss' campus is 18 mph to commemorate his jersey number.

Eli Manning: The youngest Manning followed his dad to Ole Miss and became the most prolific passer in school history.

Chucky Mullins: Ole Miss players pass his monument before every game, and many touch his head on the way to the field.

John Vaught: In 24 years as Ole Miss' coach, he made the Rebels a fixture in the national polls and won six SEC titles.

Just missed the cut: Charlie Conerly, Jake Gibbs, Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, Barney Poole, Patrick Willis.