The 2011 season will begin this Saturday and the SEC teams are gearing up for another grind of a season. An SEC schedule isn't the most fun thing to play in the world.
The SEC has proven to be the best and toughest conference to play in while boasting the best players, coaches, and programs in the country.
This conference is best known for the talent it has, and the south provides the best recruiting ground for teams while pumping out top notch players year after year.
Let's take a look at some of those players and evaluate the best playmaker each SEC team will have on their offense this season.
2010 Stats: 112 Carries, 700 Yards, 6 TD's
Trent Richardson is a world of talent. Many people have him as a Heisman front runner this year, as he is expected to produce heavily for this team.
He is now the featured player on this offense with the departures of RB Mark Ingram, WR Julio Jones, and QB Greg McElroy all to the NFL. He has great vision, elusiveness, and is a great receiving tailback.
He will be looked upon all year to make plays for this team and with no Mark Ingram, it's the Trent Richardson show now.
2010 Stats: 453 Yards, 4 TD's, 3 INT's
Wilson comes into the 2011 season as the starter with the departure of Ryan Mallet to the NFL. Wilson has been behind Mallet for most of his career, but will now get his opportunity.
He showed us against Auburn last year what he is capable of and with the receiving core he will be handed, he should have a giant season. He has all the tools around him to put up huge numbers and with the injury of Knile Davis, this will definitely be a pass first team.
This guy is set up to do great things and its in his control now.
2010 Stats: 182 Carries, 1,093 Yards, 5 TD's
Dyer will return for his sophomore season after having a wonderful freshman season. Many people forget about Dyer because of a guy named Lattimore at South Carolina.
Dyer is definitely on the same talent level as Lattimore, and this year I think he will be able to prove that. He will be turned to this year with Cam Newton gone and will be the main scoring threat on Auburn's offense.
Look for Dyer to improve on his 2010 stats and don't be surprised if he is mentioned as a Heisman contender into the season.
2010 Stats: Rushing: 51 Carries, 366 Yards, 2 TD's; Receiving: 25 Receptions, 216 Yards, 3 TD's
Chris Rainey enters his senior season at Florida and is the total package. Rainey can kill you three different ways and he defines the term playmaker.
Rainey can line up at tailback, wideout, and as a punt returner and can essentially do it all. He is a nightmare for defenses in the fact he can get you in so many ways. Charlie Weis is lucky to have a guy like this and he will try to get the ball to him as much as possible.
Watch for Rainey to be a big weapon for QB John Brantley and they will utilize him and his versatility to the fullest.
2010 Stats: 26 Receptions, 422 Yards, 2 TD's
Charles comes into his junior season as one of the best tight ends in the country and is a leader on this Georgia team. His stats from last year may not be overwhelming, but this guy is a talent anyone would love to have.
Georgia lost its top two wideouts, A.J. Green and Kris Durham, to the NFL and now are looking for a receiver to make up for their losses. Tavarres King is likely to be the number one wideout on this team, but Charles' versatility is what puts him on another level.
This guy can lineup at the tight end and receiver positions and his size and athleticism make him a true playmaker.
QB Aaron Murray is searching for a go-to-guy for 2011 and the former high school teammates should connect with each other a lot this season.
2010 Stats: 68 Carries, 254 Yards, 3 TD's
Sanders will be entering his sophomore season this year and be the featured back on Kentucky's offense.
Sanders saw some time last year as a freshman, but didn't see much because of Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb.
But Locke and Cobb are gone now which opens the door for Sanders to be the go-to-guy on this offense. He is a small back, but is quick and has good hands. He provides a good threat on the ground and through the air.
He can also return kickoffs which is a bonus, but look for Sanders to be the guy on offense for the 'Cats in 2011.
2010 Stats: 33 Receptions, 544 Yards, 3 TD's
Randle is a long receiver at 6-4 and was a former five star recruit for the Tigers. He has all the tools to be a big time receiver in this conference and I beleive he will have a big year.
Randle will definitely see a lot of targets this year and will be their number one option at receiver.
I hate to say this, but I believe that Randle will benefit from the suspension of QB Jordan Jefferson. I don't believe Jefferson should have even been the starter given his track record. His suspension clears the way for QB Zach Mettenberger, who should be the starter of this offense.
Mettenberger is a big, pro-style quarterback who has an excellent arm. This is the guy who can get the ball to Randle and he should flourish with Mettenberger at QB.
2010 Stats: Passing: 1,789 Yards, 13 TD's, 6 INT's Rushing: 194 Carries, 713 Yards, 5 TD's
I think the obvious answer here is QB Chris Relf. He is a big quarterback standing at 6-4 and 245 lbs. and has a Cam Newton-esque about him.
Relf can beat defenses with his arm and his legs and is one of the best playmakers in the country.
Enetering his senior season, Relf brings with him experience and is the leader of this Bulldogs' team. He is a good passer, but has the ability to run and that versatility labels him a playmaker.
Watch for Relf to improve this year and lead a good Mississippi State team.
2010 Stats: 163 Carries, 976 Yards, 14 TD's
Bolden enters his senior season this year at Ole Miss and is a consistent and proven back.
He should be in for a good year and will be their main scoring threat and with the departure of QB Jeremiah Masoli, he will be looked upon to make plays. He is a great double threat with his running abilities and has good hands when catching balls out of the backfield.
Bolden will be Ole Miss' major factor on offense this season.
2010 Stats: 88 Receptions, 1,517 Yards, 9 TD's
This definitely was the hardest choice, choosing between Alshon Jeffery and Marcus Lattimore, but I went with Jeffrey.
The numbers this guy put up last year were remarkable and definitely labels him as the best wideout in the SEC and one of the best in the country.
This guy made play after play and was almost unstoppable and that was with a erratic quarterback in Stephen Garcia.
Jeffrey is a top-tier talent and I believe that he will have an even better year this year as a junior. And don't be surprised if he ends up being in Heisman discussion with his teammate Lattimore.
2010 Stats: 16 Receptions, 415 Yards, 7 TD's
Hunter comes into his sophomore year likely being the number one receiver for Derek Dooley. This kid came out of high school a five star recruit and made some big plays as freshman.
Now with Tyler Bray at quarterback for a full year, this offense should thrive with the young, talented receivers they have, but Hunter should steal the show. I fully expect this kid to surpass the 1,000 yard mark this season and be a top five wide receiver in the SEC.
He is an awesome talent and will be on highlight reels week in and week out.
2010 Stats: Passing: 1,262 Yards, 6 TD's, 5 INT's Rushing: 105 Carries, 248 Yards, 4 TD's
Smith is entering his senior year at Vanderbilt and is one of the only good players on a very bad team.
He has a good arm and good feet and can run when he needs to making him a double threat. Smith is the best player on this offense and should have a good year, being one of the only scoring threats Vanderbilt has. He is a dependable player who can get in the endzone
Doesn't put up incredible stats but does give this team some flashiness.