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Who is the Most Valuable Player on Each SEC Team?

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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.


1

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.

 
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Kevin C. Con/Getty
2

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.

 
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Ronald Martinez/Getty
3

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.

 
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Wesley Hitt/Getty
4

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.

 
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Matthew Stockman/Getty
5

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.

 
Kevin C. Cox
Kevin C. Cox
6

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.

 
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Andy Lyons/Getty
7

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.

 
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Ronald Martinez/Getty
8

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.

 
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Chris Graythen/Getty
9

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.

 
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Joe Robbins/Getty
10

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.

 
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Chris Graythen/Getty
11

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.

 
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Al Messerschmidt/Getty
12

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.

 
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Butch Dill/Getty
13

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.

 
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Ronald Martinez/Getty
14

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.

 

 

 
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Joe Robbins/Getty

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