The SEC's top 25 players: No. 25

Here we go with our postseason countdown of the SEC's best 25 players. Keep in mind that this list is based on the 2011 season and the impact (not only stats) that a player had on his team throughout the season. It's not a projection of how a player will fare in the NFL.

That said, let's take a look at No. 25:

No. 25: Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn, So.

Preseason rank: No. 14

2011 numbers: Finished second in the SEC in rushing with 1,242 yards. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored 10 touchdowns. Dyer and Alabama's Trent Richardson were the only two backs in the league to average more than 100 rushing yards per game against SEC defenses.

Why he's here: This was a very tough call. Based purely on his numbers, Dyer deserves to be higher. After all, he's the first player in Auburn history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. However, Dyer got himself suspended indefinitely at the end of the season for violating team rules and didn't play in the bowl game. He wound up leaving the team and transferring to Arkansas State. It was an unfortunate way for his career to end on the Plains, but there's no way you can leave him off this list even if he did let his team down at the end of the season. Auburn's offense would have been dreadful without him, and he was the driving force behind the Tigers' biggest win of the season when he rushed for 141 yards on 41 carries in the 16-13 road win at South Carolina. In conference play, Dyer averaged 101.1 yards per game on the ground, and he was easily the Tigers' most consistent offensive threat. The only problem was that he didn't see it all the way through, which is why he's No. 25 and not in the top 15 like he was in the preseason.