The Athletic recently released its first-ever All-American 130 rankings and the SEC came through with more than a handful of teams in the top 25 portion.
The fledging, subscriptions-based website has six SEC teams ranked in the top 25, with Alabama at No. 1, followed by Auburn (No. 10), Georgia (No. 12), LSU (No. 13), Florida (No. 17) and Tennessee (No. 20).
Here’s what The Athletic’s Chris Vannini had to say about Alabama and LSU:
It feels weird to say the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year is underrated, but did we forget what Alabama‘s Jalen Hurts did as a true freshman? Yes, Tua Tagovailoa could see some specialty packages, but the question for the Tide isn’t the QB as much as what new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will change. Say what you will about Lane Kiffin, but he got the most out of his QBs.
LSU’s offense made big strides after Les Miles was fired, and new offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s creativity makes the most of what he has. Running back Derrius Guice has averaged an astounding 7.8 yards per carry for his career, on 234 carries.
As for the rest of the SEC, Arkansas is No. 32, Mississippi State is No. 33, Texas A&M is No. 38, South Carolina is No. 49, Kentucky is No. 50, Vanderbilt is No. 56, Ole Miss is No. 66 and Missouri is No. 69.
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