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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The SEC's most indispensable players

By Edward Aschoff

The dismissal of Tyrann Mathieu has created quite the debate about whether or not LSU should still be considered a legit contender for the national championship.

Yes, Mathieu was a big play waiting to happen whenever he was on the field last year, but was he so special that LSU's chances at competing for and winning a national championship should be considerably hindered? I think not. There's just too much talent on both sides of the ball in Baton Rouge.

Mathieu's playmaking ability and knack for creating turnovers will be deeply missed on defense, as will his ability to generate a huge play in the punt return game, but there are enough pieces to fill in and keep the Tigers in the hunt for multiple championships this season.

By that logic, Mathieue doesn't qualify as one of the SEC's most indispensable players. The Tigers might be better with him, but they certainly aren't slouches without him.

So who are the players teams can't survive without? Who are the most indispensable players for each team in the SEC?

Let's take a look:

ALABAMA
ARKANSAS
AUBURN
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
KENTUCKY
LSU
MISSISSIPPI STATE
MISSOURI
OLE MISS
SOUTH CAROLINA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS A&M
VANDERBILT