Thursday, February 25, 2010
Auburn's Adams certainly top 30 material
By ESPN.com staff
I’m still waiting on some of your lists counting down the top 30 players from this past season in the SEC.
While I haven’t received any complete lists, I have received plenty of feedback from you and some second-guessing. I’m sure you find that hard to believe.
Nah, seriously, there were several good points raised, and just like the preseason list I did, there were some players I probably should have included. Then again, I could have listed 50 players, and there still would have been some debate about those players who didn't make it.
Welcome to SEC football.
The one who sticks out is Auburn receiver Darvin Adams, clearly one of the breakthrough players of the year last season in the SEC. I didn’t forget about him. He was one of about three or four guys that I was trying to decide among for those last couple of spots.
And in retrospect, he probably deserved to be in there somewhere when you look at his numbers. He was second in the league to LSU’s Brandon LaFell with 10 touchdown catches and just missed 1,000 yards receiving (997).
So, I completely understand the heat I’m catching from the Plains about that one. But ultimately, I went with Alabama’s Julio Jones, even though Jones’ numbers were down this past season. Once he got a little healthier, he was much closer to his old self the second half of the season and was one of the best blocking receivers in the SEC.
Some of the other names that have been tossed out there by fans that weren’t on the list were Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus, Vanderbilt running back/return specialist Warren Norman, LSU safety Chad Jones, Georgia defensive end Justin Houston, Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton and Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham.
I could see an argument for most of those players. But over and above Adams, the two guys I had the hardest time leaving off the list were Vanderbilt cornerback Myron Lewis and Kentucky defensive tackle Corey Peters.
I realize neither player is a household name, but they both had terrific seasons.
I also had some Alabama fans disagree with the order of the top two. Several thought I had it transposed and that Rolando McClain should have been No. 1 and Mark Ingram No. 2. Indeed, that was a hard call, and I did go back and forth.
But my Heisman Trophy vote went to Ingram, and I wasn’t going to deviate from that.
Once again, let’s see some of your top 30 lists (name and where you live), and I’ll run some of them in the SEC blog.