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Star-studded SEC freshman classes

12/26/2012

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