The SEC is once again the nation's best conference, with the best bowl record, despite the first national title game loss in eight years. The conference is consistently stocked with elite players like Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow and Trent Richardson. Securing the nation's best athletes makes the SEC the most competitive conference in the nation, and 2013 was no disappointment.
Much like the conference as a whole, with upstarts Auburn and Missouri surprising the league's power teams, 2013 was the year of surprise players. Jadeveon Clowney, arguably the SEC's best overall player a year ago, disappointed, while some relative unknowns made their presence felt in his stead.
Each year the SEC loses a tremendous amount of talent to graduation and the NFL draft, followed by the next season and its stars who fill bigger and bigger shoes. With the recruiting offseason looming, we look back at this season and review the conference's best players.
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