The SEC's 30 best players: No. 7

With the weekend behind us, we return to our countdown of the 30 best players in the SEC from this past season.

It had been a defensive smorgasbord up until this point, but this next guy was easily one of the top handful of offensive players in the league in 2009 and will be extremely difficult to replace:

DixonDixonNo. 7: Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State: You could make a case that there wasn’t another player in the SEC more valuable to his team than Dixon was to the Bulldogs in 2009. Their offense revolved around the bruising 245-pound senior running back, who re-wrote the Mississippi State record books. Dixon led the SEC in rushing yards per game (126.5 yards) and finished with a school-record 1,391 yards in 11 games while also rushing for 12 touchdowns. He leaves Mississippi State as the school’s all-time rushing leader with 3,994 career yards and set the single-game record last season when he erupted for 252 yards in the 31-24 win over Kentucky. Extremely durable, Dixon averaged an SEC-high 23.4 carries per game and proved that he wasn’t just a power runner. He had a 70-yard touchdown run against Arkansas and was in some of the best shape of his career. It paid off with the best season of his career.