SEC Football: Power Ranking the Top Offensive Playmakers for 2012

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08:  Marcus Lattimore #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It's no secret the Southeastern Conference is the best in college football, and while the defenses get most of the high praise, there are several talented offensive playmakers that help make the SEC better than the rest. 

These offensive studs go up against the most intense players in the country, which only help makes them stronger. 

As the 2012 season goes on, different athletes will emerge as true threats and shine bright for their teams.

For now, though, here are the top offensive playmakers, just months away from the 2012 college football season. 

*Note: I excluded QBs from this list because when I think playmakers, it's all about RBs, WRs and TEs. 


5. Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee 

2011 stats: 67 receptions, 1,040 yards, 9 TDs

Rogers is a phenomenal athlete who unfortunately comes off as a diva-type player.

Still, he's got the skills to back up his talk, and there's no doubt he's going to thrive in 2012, especially if his QB Tyler Bray remains healthy all year. 

At 6'3", 215 pounds, Rogers is a physical beast who will be making several big plays for Tennessee this coming season. 


4. Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia 

2011 stats: 45 receptions, 665 yards, 4 TDs

While Mitchell works at defensive back this spring, he's still going to be a force for the Bulldogs on offense this season. 

He was Georgia's most explosive player a year ago, so don't think for a second Mark Richt will keep him from having the ball in his hands. 

Mitchell has blazing speed, so look for him to burn tons of corners throughout the year, resulting in huge gains for the Bulldogs. 


3. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee 

2011 stats: 17 receptions, 314 yards, 2 TDs 

The reason those stats don't look good is because Hunter went down with a season-ending ACL injury in the third game of the year.

With two straight games of 146 or more yards to open the season last year, it's easy to see how much of a stud Hunter is on the gridiron. 

Hunter's going to dominate all season long should he stay healthy, which makes Tennessee's offense extremely scary for 2012. If the Vols get a run game going, they'll be tough to beat. 


2. Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas 

2010 stats: 204 attempts, 1,322 yards, 14 total TDs 

Davis missed all of 2011 with a left ankle injury, but he's back for 2012, which is huge for Arkansas as they try to surpass LSU and Alabama in the tough SEC West. 

It's not going to be easy, but if Davis remains healthy all year, it's going to be very hard to beat the Razorbacks in 2012.

Davis is a powerful runner with great speed and vision on the field, and he's ready to make his case for the best RB in the SEC for 2012.


1. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina 

2011 stats: 163 attempts, 818 yards, 11 total TDs 

These numbers aren't stellar by any means, but that's only because Lattimore suffered a knee injury in the seventh game of the year. He was on pace for another astonishing season, but unfortunately did not get to finish.

With Alshon Jeffery gone, though, the pressure on Lattimore greatly intensifies this season, which will be something to watch throughout the year. 

Lattimore isn't worried, and neither are Gamecock fans. He's insanely talented in the backfield, and he's going to put up earth-shattering numbers in 2012, denying Davis' quest to be the top RB in the SEC. 



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