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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Star-studded SEC freshman classes

By Chris Low

Freshmen have played a major role this season in the SEC.

A redshirt freshman, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, won the Heisman Trophy. A true freshman, Georgia running back Todd Gurley, leads the league in rushing with 1,260 yards, and two of Alabama’s most dynamic playmakers on offense are true freshmen -- receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon.

It doesn’t stop there, either.

Ole Miss redshirt freshman Denzel Nkemdiche leads the Rebels with 78 total tackles, including 12 for loss, and Texas A&M redshirt freshman Mike Evans leads the Aggies with 75 catches for 1,022 yards.

It’s a freshman class, at least at this point, that would compare with any in the history of this league.

Here’s a look at some of the other recent star-studded freshman classes from the SEC:

2008

RB Mark Ingram, Alabama
WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky
WR Julio Jones, Alabama
WR A.J. Green, Georgia
OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia
DE Jake Bequette, Arkansas
LB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
LB Chris Marve, Vanderbilt
CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida

2006

QB Tim Tebow, Florida
QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia
WR Percy Harvin, Florida
WR Brandon LaFell, LSU
OT Andre Smith, Alabama
CB D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt
CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky

2005

RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas
RB Arian Foster, Tennessee
RB Felix Jones, Arkansas
OT Michael Oher, Ole Miss
WR Sidney Rice, South Carolina
WR Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt
DE Tyson Jackson, LSU

2001

QB David Greene, Georgia
RB Carnell Williams, Auburn
RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn
OT Shawn Andrews, Arkansas
C Ben Wilkerson, LSU
DE David Pollack, Georgia
CB Carlos Rogers, Auburn
CB Ahmad Carroll, Arkansas
P Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee

1996

RB Shaun Alexander, Alabama
RB Derek Logan, Kentucky
OT Chris Samuels, Alabama
OL Jeno James, Auburn
LB Jevan Kearse, Florida
CB Champ Bailey, Georgia

1994

QB Peyton Manning, Tennessee
RB Fred Taylor, Florida
WR Hines Ward, Georgia
WR Reidel Anthony, Florida
WR Ike Hilliard, Florida
LB Dewayne Rudd, Alabama
CB Corey Chavous, Vanderbilt