Ten players down, 15 to go. We continue our look at the SEC's best 25 players heading into the 2015 season with Nos. 11-15 today:
11. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The image of Treadwell's injury last season against Auburn is difficult to forget, but the junior is expected to be fully recovered by opening weekend from his broken leg and dislocated ankle that prematurely ended his 2014 campaign. Once he hits the field, he's likely to make everyone forget about the injury because of his superior playmaking skills and blocking ability. He had 48 catches for 632 yards and five touchdowns before the injury; all it takes is watching the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Treadwell play to realize he's a game changer.
12. Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
You name the task and Cooper can probably do it well. He can catch passes, carry the rock and return kicks and punts. The first team All-SEC pick last season was third in the SEC in receptions (69), second in receiving yards (1,136) and ninth in all-purpose yards per game (108.5). The 5-foot-11, 207-pound Cooper is ready for a big junior season and should be at or near the top of the SEC receiving charts again.
13. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
The Tigers missed Lawson last year (he missed the 2014 season because of an ACL tear) but the preseason All-SEC selection has high expectations for 2015. After a solid true freshman season in 2013 and sufficient recovery time from his injury, Lawson will be a key piece in Will Muschamp's defense. His speed and versatility should translate to many sacks and quarterback pressures coming off the edge.
14. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
With his prototype middle linebacker size (6-foot-2, 252 pounds), the senior is an excellent man in the middle for the Crimson Tide. Ragland was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last season after tallying 95 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, an interception, a forced fumble and three pass breakups. His résumé isn't as decorated or as long as some others (he only has 13 career starts) but the run-stuffing 'backer is as good as any linebacker the SEC has to offer.
15. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Speaking of linebackers, Henry is the size of one (6-3, 242) but has speed and strength to break tackles. He doesn't have a ton of mileage on his wheels yet but has been effective when carrying the ball, averaging 6.6 yards per carry with 17 touchdowns in 26 career games. Last season he had 990 on 172 totes, and while other SEC backs have produced more than Henry, few have the combination of size and speed that he does. When he gets going, good luck trying to take him down -- if you catch him.