If you’re looking for versatility, the next guy on our countdown defined it this past season:
No. 7: Randall Cobb, WR, Jr., Kentucky
2010 numbers/honors: Second nationally with 2,396 all-purpose yards and also finished second in the SEC with 84 catches. Cobb accounted for 16 touchdowns -- seven receiving, five rushing, three passing and one on a punt return. A first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated. A consensus first-team All-SEC selection.
Preseason ranking: Ranked No. 14 on the 2010 preseason countdown.
Making the case for Cobb: One of the more versatile performers in recent SEC history, Cobb was a little bit of everything last season for the Wildcats on his way to breaking Darren McFadden’s SEC single-season record for all-purpose yards. The 5-11, 186-pound Cobb lined up at receiver and quarterback. He returned kickoffs and punts and was also Kentucky’s holder on placement kicks. With 424 rushing yards and 1,017 receiving yards, Cobb just missed becoming the first player in SEC history to rush for 500 yards and have 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. And even though Kentucky won just two SEC games, Cobb was at his best against league competition. He topped all receivers with 63 catches against SEC defenses and was third with 694 receiving yards. He had the game-winning touchdown catch against South Carolina, which was Kentucky’s biggest win of the season, and accounted for some type of score in 11 of the Wildcats’ 13 contests. Few players have come through this league and impacted games as many different ways as Cobb did last season.
No. 9: Georgia OLB Justin Houston
No. 10: Arkansas RB Knile Davis
No. 11: Georgia WR A.J. Green
No. 12: LSU DT Drake Nevis
No. 13: Auburn OT Lee Ziemba
No. 14: LSU LB Kelvin Sheppard
No. 15: South Carolina DE Devin Taylor
No. 16: Florida S Ahmad Black
No. 17: Arkansas TE D.J. Williams
No. 18: Alabama S Mark Barron
No. 19: Florida CB Janoris Jenkins
No. 20: Mississippi State LB Chris White
No. 21: LSU RB Stevan Ridley
No. 23: Alabama DE Marcell Dareus
No. 24: Kentucky LB Danny Trevathan
No. 25: Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw