Alabama OL Chance Warmack
Every Tuesday, The SEC Blog will rank the top player at each position for each team in the SEC. Today, we rank the best offensive guard at every school in the conference.
14. Aaron Morris, Ole Miss
Morris started five games at guard for Ole Miss last season. At 6'5", 325 pounds, the sophomore has the potential to be a solid player in the SEC. The entire offensive line in Oxford is a work-in-progress, and new head coach Hugh Freeze hasn't been happy about that progress so far.
13. Jack Meiners, Missouri
Meiners has played at tackle and guard and started seven games at left guard for the Tigers last season. He has the experience, but it's been all over the place, so he will be fine once he settles into his permanent position in 2012. It will be interesting to see how Meiners adjusts to the bigger and faster interior defensive linemen in the SEC.
12. Ryan Seymour, Vanderbilt
Much like Meiners, Seymour is a very versatile offensive lineman that has played tackle and guard. He made the switch to guard mid-way through the 2011 season and was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Army.
11. John Sullen, Auburn
Chad Slade was listed as Auburn's representative at tackle last week, but it appears that he will make the move to guard to make room for Patrick Miller. So in the interest of continuity, John Sullen will be Auburn's representative at guard. Sullen started 11 of 13 games for the Tigers last season.
10. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
Texas A&M's offensive line is full of experience but transfers and injuries have shaken things up. Ogbuehi started four games at guard last season and will likely play right guard this season. Jarvis Harrison will probably play left guard, but he is out this spring with a shoulder injury.
9. Zach Fulton, Tennessee
Fulton is an established star who started all 12 games at right guard last season. He is in a battle with James Stone for the starting spot exiting spring. With Dallas Thomas moving from left tackle to left guard, the interior of Tennessee's offensive line will be just fine.
8. Jon Halapio, Florida
Halapio was the recipient of some spring praise from head coach Will Muschamp. He started every game last season at right guard and is considered one of the anchors of Florida's offensive line. He currently owns the active streak for consecutive starts on Florida's offense with 14.
7. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
Bailey has started for the Razorbacks for the last two seasons and was second-team All-SEC last season. But he found himself behind Luke Charpentier this spring. He's got the talent, but until he regains that starting spot, he'll be down low on this list.
6. Chris Burnette, Georgia
Burnette is being counted on to be one of the leaders on Georgia's rebuilt offensive line. He started 12 of 14 games last season for the Bulldogs and was a big reason why Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell was successful in his true freshman campaign.
5. A.J. Cann, South Carolina
Cann had a solid redshirt freshman campaign that saw him start every game at left guard. He earned Freshman All-American honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and is expected to be a force for the Gamecocks in 2012.
4. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
Jackson was a second-team All-SEC performer last season as a sophomore. At 6'4", 320 pounds, he has the size to play at the next level and has been a big part of the success of the Bulldog running game the last two seasons.
3. Josh Dworaczyk, LSU
Dworaczyk was awarded a medical redshirt after missing all of last season with a knee injury. He is the only member of LSU's team left from the 2007 national championship team. He started every game at left guard for two seasons (2009-10) but was pushed this spring by La'El Collins.
2. Larry Warford, Kentucky
Warford is one of the best offensive linemen in the country and was named to the second-team All-SEC team last year by the Associated Press. He passed up the opportunity to jump to the NFL last season and is being counted on to be one of the leaders of Kentucky's offense.
1. Chance Warmack, Alabama
Warmack has started every game for the Tide for the last two seasons and is a big part of why running backs Trent Richardson, Mark Ingram and Eddie Lacy have enjoyed so much success. He's one of the primary reasons that Alabama's offensive line is considered one of the best offensive lines in the country.