Thursday, August 15, 2013
Poll: Which newcomer is All-SEC worthy?
By Chris Low
A year ago, three newcomers earned either first- or second-team All-SEC honors from the coaches.
Leading the way was Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who as a redshirt freshman burst onto the scene with an SEC-record 5,116 yards of total offense and captured the Heisman Trophy. Manziel was the first-team quarterback along with junior college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson, who was the first-team all-purpose player in his only season at Tennessee. Georgia true freshman Todd Gurley earned second-team honors at running back.
Who are the new faces this season most likely to earn All-SEC honors?
We'll let you tell us by voting in our SportsNation poll.
It's always an educated guess at this point. After all, Manziel didn't even win the Aggies' starting quarterback job until last preseason when he beat out Jameill Showers.
We've come up with five choices (And, yes, there are others who could have easily been on the list), but we're counting on you to tell us which newcomer will make the most profound impact this season.
Four of the five will be true freshmen. Of the true freshmen, Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Georgia safety Tray Matthews enrolled early and both went through spring practice, although Henry is coming off a broken fibula in the spring. The reports this preseason, though, are that the 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry is still as tough as ever to get on the ground. Matthews was one of the stars of the spring on Georgia's defense and is a big-time hitter.
Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 high school prospect in the country last year, and Arkansas running back Alex Collins both arrived on their respective campuses this summer. They both had a lot of hype coming in and haven't disappointed during preseason practices.
Texas A&M running back Brandon Williams is a transfer. He sat out last season after playing as a freshman at Oklahoma. The 6-foot, 192-pound Williams has some serious acceleration and is an absolute blur when he gets into the open field. The Aggies are hoping for more than a few big plays from Williams.
Get your votes in and we'll review the results next week.