SEC Player Spotlight: Week One

Throughout the season I will spotlight the top five performers from the previous week’s games.

In this week’s edition I’m going to preview the top five players in the SEC for this upcoming year.

1. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina (JR)

Jeffery isn’t only one of the best receivers in the country, he is one of the top overall players in the country. At 6-foot-4, Jeffery is a mismatch for most defensive backs and the team leader for South Carolina. Jeffery posted eight 100-yard games last year and ended the year with 1,517 receiving yards.

2. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina (SO)

Lattimore is coming off one of the most impressive freshman seasons of late as he put up over 1100 yards last year. He also added an impressive 19 touchdowns last year. If South Carolina wants to return to Atlanta this year, it will have to rely on Lattimore to carry a lot of the load.

3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (JR)

Richardson will be the main guy this year for the Crimson Tide as Mark Ingram has moved onto the NFL. Richardson put up very good numbers last year as he rushed for over 700 yards and added 10 touchdowns a year ago.

4. Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama (SR)

Hightower will look to rebound from last year as he was coming off a torn ACL that happened it 2009. Last year, Hightower still managed to have 69 tackles in limited action. With Alabama expected to be one of the best defenses in the country, a lot of that will depend on the play of Hightower.

5. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (SO)

Murray enters his second season as Georgia’s starting quarterback and his one year experience should help him this year. Last year Murray threw for over 3000 yards with 24 touchdowns.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.