Now that we’ve counted it down to the final 10, we’ll go one player a day until we get to the SEC’s top two players from this past season.
Once we’re finished, send me in your ranking of the Best 30 players in the SEC (based on what they did during the 2009 season), and I’ll post a few of them. That is, as long as you’re willing to provide your name and where you’re from.
We’re all about transparency on the SEC blog.
Here goes with the No. 10 selection:
No. 10: Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn: In a lot of ways, Coleman was the antithesis of South Carolina’s Eric Norwood this past season. While Norwood had a red-hot start, it was Coleman who closed the season as hot as any defender in the league. He led the SEC with 10 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss, and that’s despite playing with a cast for seven weeks. Coleman partially tore ligaments in his right wrist and was unable to use that hand the first part of the season. He only had 2.5 sacks and five tackles for loss through his first seven games, and frustration nearly got the best of him. But once the cast came off, he returned to form and had 7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in his last six games. Coleman also led the Tigers with 12 quarterback hurries and blocked two kicks. A first-team All-SEC selection, Coleman finished his career third on Auburn’s all-time sacks list (24.5) and could wind up playing end or outside linebacker at the next level.
No. 11: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
No. 12: Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina
No. 13: Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
No. 14: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
No. 15: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
No. 16: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
No. 17: Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
No. 18: Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
No. 19: Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama
No. 20: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
No. 21: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia
No. 22: Randall Cobb, QB/WR, Kentucky
No. 23: Shay Hodge, WR, Ole Miss
No. 24: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
No. 25: Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State
No. 26: Malcolm Sheppard, DT, Arkansas
No. 27: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
No. 28: Terrence Cody, NG, Alabama
No. 29: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
No. 30: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama