Who is the Most Valuable Player on Each SEC Team?
After thought and consideration we think these are every SEC team’s most irreplaceable player in 2013. These are the guys who make a key throw, rush or reception in a critical third-down situation. They go the extra mile to win, they are considered irreplaceable.
Alabama: AJ McCarron
McCarron threw for 2,933 yards, 30 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2013, he threw 10 times as many touchdowns as he did interceptions. Witout a doubt, McCarron is the Alabama the favorite to win it all again.
Arkansas: Chris Smith
Arkansas has a new coach, Bret Bielema but he needs help from returning players. No player on the team is more valuable than Chris Smith. Smith obtained 9.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss last season for Arkansas.
Auburn: Tre Mason
Tre Mason rushed for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Mason will need help from the team be he is the glue holding Auburn together.
Florida: Loucheiz Purifoy
Loucheiz Purifoy didn’t have the best of games in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, but that doesn’t take away from the extremely good season he had with the Gators.
Georgia: Todd Gurley
It is rare for a running back to be the most irreplaceable player for a powerhouse in college football. Gurley just might be the best running back in the country next year. Gurley rushed for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman.
Kentucky: Avery Williamson
Williamson was so good last year that he came just three total tackles shy of leading the league in tackles. With 135 recorded tackles, Williamson was all over the field for Kentucky in 2012.
LSU: Anthony Johnson
Zach Mettenberger, Jeremy Hill, Jalen Mills andLa’el Collins are all outstanding, but at the end of the day, it has to be Anthony Johnson. With Josh Downs, Bennie Logan, Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo all gone, the only returning playmaker who has a solid amount of experience is Johnson. Johnson, who had 10 tackles for loss and three sacks last year.
Mississippi State: Tyler Russell
Russell has matured as a quarterback, and was more efficient in 2012 with his passing. He needs to put together all of his God-gifted abilities and give Dan Mullen what Mullen has desired ever since he became head coach at Mississippi State—an elite quarterback.
Missouri: James Franklin
Franklin missed three games and barely played against Vanderbilt and Kentucky. He was virtually a non-factor last season, and a 5-7 record came as a result. It became apparent quickly just how important Franklin is to this squad.
Ole Miss: Denzel Nkemdiche
Nkemdiche had a total of 13 tackles for loss, 82 tackles and forced four fumbles last year. He did it all with burning desire and determination, and that’s exactly what his team needs to competel.
South Carolina: Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney is one of the best freshmen in the country, had his breakout season as a sophomore last year. In 2013 he is sure to be the Gamecocks’ source to winning an SEC Championship.
Tennessee: A.J. Johnson
This man was the SEC’s leading tackler in 2012, but his outstanding tackling abilities flew under the radar. Entering his junior season, Johnson will be seen as one of the better defenders in the league.
Texas A&M: Johnny Manziel
Manziel’s speed, quickness, athleticism and accuracy, led Texas A&M to an 11-win season, which included a win over Alabama. As he enters his sophomore season, the Aggies are depending on him to take the next step.
Vanderbilt: Jordan Matthews
Matthews finished second in the conference behind Cobi Hamilton in receiving yards with 1,323, and he had three more touchdown receptions with eight. Matthews is an awesome receiver and he has a great catching ability. With Zac Stacy and Jordan Rodgers gone in 2013, Matthews will be the player that lights up the offense.