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SEC Football: Players to Watch in College Football's Toughest Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - APRIL 21:   Quarterback Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks Red Team throws a pass during the Spring Game at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 15, 2012

Ask anybody who knows anything about college football and they will tell you that the SEC is unequivocally the toughest conference in the entire country.

The last six NCAA championship teams have come out of the SEC, making the conference the most decorated of the last decade.

College football has been gone for quite some time, but the season is right around the corner. There will be plenty of action to feast your eyes on this upcoming season, and you don't want to miss any of it.

Here are three players to watch this season in college football's toughest conference.

 

Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina Gamecocks

After having a great campaign his freshman season, totaling nearly 1,200 yards and rushing for 17 touchdowns, South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore tore his ACL in the team's seventh game of the year against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Prior to going down with the injury and missing the rest of the season, Lattimore had already racked up 779 yards and nine scores just six games into the season. Had he avoided injury, we would have seen a historic year from one of the best backs in the nation.

Lattimore is back with the Gamecocks and appears to be fully ready to participate in the team's season opener. His teammates say he looks as good as new, so don't be surprised if Lattimore has another colossal season.

The Gamecocks will need him to play at a high level if they are going to make some noise in the conference. Steve Spurrier is the head coach of a very good football team, but the Gamecocks can only go to the next level if Lattimore tears it up.

 

Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray is a bit undersized at 6'1", but that didn't stop him from throwing for over 3,100 yards and 35 touchdowns last season.

He was one of the main reasons why the Bulldogs finished 10-4 on the year and 7-1 to finish atop the SEC East. Murray threw for more 11 more touchdowns than the year before, but was picked off six more times.

If the Bulldogs are going to take that next step and compete for a national championship, Murray is going to need to be even better. He compensates for his lack of size with mobility in the pocket, which leads to him finding more open throwing lanes.

He gets the ball out fast and is accurate, but took a few too many risks last season when he shouldn't have. If he figures out how to be more careful over the course of the season, he'll be amongst the top quarterbacks in the nation.

 

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas Razorbacks

Tyler Wilson was awarded the unfortunate opportunity to replace Ryan Mallett as the starting quarterback of the Arkansas Razorbacks, but answered the call brilliantly.

Last season, Wilson threw for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns, completed over 63 percent of his passes and threw just six interceptions. He completed at least 20 passes to seven different receivers last year, so you know that he doesn't need a go-to guy to put up numbers.

He stands tall in the pocket and makes spot-on throws even in the face of pressure. Wilson is going to be one of the top statistical quarterbacks next season and help the Razorbacks prove that they are indeed worthy of their preseason No. 10 ranking.

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