Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Who just missed the player rankings cut
By Edward Aschoff
Now is the time where we reveal our list of players who just missed the cut in our postseason player rankings.
Only 25 players could make the final cut, but we pleaded with the math gods to allow us to fit a couple more guys in there. They weren't budging, so we were stuck with that number.
We understand that a handful of players were very deserving of making the cut, and here are some of them:
Chris Low's just-missed list:
Edward Aschoff's just-missed list:
- Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas, Sr.: One of the few constants for the Hogs last season, Hamilton led the SEC with a school-record 1,335 receiving yards and 7.5 catches per game. His 90 receptions were also a school record.
- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama, So.: If Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel was the SEC’s top left tackle in 2012, Kouandjio was a solid No. 2. He was an integral part of the best offensive line in college football.
- Eric Reid, S, LSU, Jr.: Even though his junior season might not have been on par with his sophomore season, Reid still ranked among the top safeties in the SEC and finished third on LSU’s team with 91 total tackles.
- Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina, Jr.: He was the Gamecocks’ top playmaker on offense and came up big in some key situations. Not only did he catch nine touchdown passes, but he also returned two punts for touchdowns.
- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama, Fr.: One half of Alabama’s dynamic running back tandem, Yeldon had a sensational freshman season with 1,108 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry in SEC play.
- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M, Fr.: He was only a freshman last season, but he was still one of the league's best wideouts, ranking third in the SEC with 82 catches for 1,105 yards and had five touchdowns.
- Hamilton: He battled double-teams all year, but still led the SEC in receiving yards. It's still tough to look at our list and not see his name on there.
- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss, So.: Moncrief was one of the SEC's best offensive weapons in the month of November, registering 21 catches for 408 yards and five touchdowns.
- Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt, Sr.: He was the workhorse yet again for Vandy's offense and became the school's all-time leading rusher after ranking fifth in the league with 1,141 rushing yards and adding 10 touchdowns.
- D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina, Sr.: He was a tremendous safety net at the back of South Carolina's defense, was one of the hardest hitters around and had a knack for making plays all over the field, registering 62 solo tackles and seven pass breakups.