Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Poll: The SEC's best special teams player
By Chris Low
The kicking game was the difference when LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 in overtime back on Nov. 5.
Even though we're all guilty at times of taking special teams for granted, they often times are the difference in big games.
So as we enter Saturday's SEC championship game and the bowl games after, we want your input on who's the best special teams player in the league.
Vote in our SportsNation poll, and we'll take a look at the results in the next few days.
We could have easily thrown 10 possible choices out there, but we're limited to five.
Florida's Caleb Sturgis is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as the top place kicker in the country.
Auburn's Steven Clark is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award as the top punter in the country, while LSU punter Brad Wing has also been exceptional this season at pinning teams deep. His best game came in the win over Alabama.
Alabama's Marquis Maze leads the SEC in kickoff return average, and he's third in punt return average. His 83-yard punt return for a touchdown broke open the Arkansas game.
Arkansas' Joe Adams has returned three punts for touchdowns this season and leads the SEC with a 16.2-yard average.
Now, it's your job to select which of these five players has stood above all the rest this season in what's commonly referred to as the third phase of the game.