By the end of the week, we’ll know where the SEC’s 10 bowl participants will play this postseason.
We already know that four conference teams -- Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt -- won’t make a postseason appearance, but multiple players on each team still delivered impressive individual performances even if their teams endured disappointing seasons.
In fact, there is more than enough talent among those four teams to produce a strong starting lineup, and we can prove it.
Here is an all-star team made up only of players from the SEC’s teams that didn’t qualify for bowl season.
In this group, you have two of the SEC’s most dangerous all-around players -- South Carolina’s do-everything receiver Pharoh Cooper and versatile Kentucky running back Stanley Williams -- and arguably the conference’s most underrated skill player, Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb.
The full lineup:
QB Perry Orth, South Carolina (143-261, 1,929 yards, 12 TD, 9 INT)
RB Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (277-1,152, 5 TD)
RB Stanley Williams, Kentucky (121-855, 6 TD)
WR Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (66-973 yards, 8 TD)
WR Garrett Johnson, Kentucky (46-694, 2 TD)
TE Jerell Adams, South Carolina (28-421, 3 TD)
OT Jordan Swindle, Kentucky
OG Connor McGovern, Missouri
C Evan Boehm, Missouri
OG Jake Bernstein, Vanderbilt
OT Brandon Shell, South Carolina
AP Shon Carson, South Carolina (297 rushing yards, 23.8 yards per kickoff return)
K Andrew Baggett, Missouri (16-20 FG, 15-15 PAT, 63 points)
This would be a star-studded defense, with multiple players on this list ranking among the conference’s top performers -- whether they play on a bowl team or not.
Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers could make a compelling argument as the SEC’s top defensive player this season, as he leads the nation with 152 tackles and was seemingly everywhere as the leader of a stout Tigers defense.
Brothers and teammate Michael Scherer are among four highly productive linebackers on the list, joined by South Carolina’s clutch defender Skai Moore and breakout Vanderbilt performer Zach Cunningham.
Missouri’s Charles Harris leads the defensive line after excelling off the edge in his first season as a starter. Harris’ 18.5 tackles for loss are tied for the SEC lead (along with Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett) and rank seventh nationally.
The secondary would be in good hands with Vanderbilt’s Oren Burks and Kentucky’s A.J. Stamps leading the way. Burks and Kentucky’s J.D. Harmon rank among the SEC leaders with three interceptions apiece.
Here’s the lineup:
DL Charles Harris, Missouri (56 tackles, 18.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 2 FF)
DL Cory Johnson, Kentucky (67 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FR, 1 FF)
DL Walter Brady, Missouri (40 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF)
LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri (152 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 FF)
LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt (103 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 4 FF, 3 FR)
LB Skai Moore, South Carolina (110 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 INT, 2 FF)
LB Michael Scherer, Missouri (93 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 FR)
DB J.D. Harmon, Kentucky (27 tackles, 3 INT, 1 FF)
DB Oren Burks, Vanderbilt (59 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR)
DB A.J. Stamps, Kentucky (67 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 INT)
DB Isaiah Johnson, South Carolina (74 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT)
P Sean Kelly, South Carolina (55-2,434, 44.3 yards per punt)