Jeremy Brevard

Predicting each SEC team's most underrated player in 2016

Scout's SEC panel picks the conference's most overlooked players.

Ross Pierschbacher, C, Alabama -- Pierschbacher was Freshman All-SEC last year as the starter at left guard, but this spring moved to center, a position he had never played, and was excellent. -- Kirk McNair, Bama Mag

Brooks Ellis, LB, Arkansas -- Ellis is the do-it-all linebacker for the Razorbacks who tied for fifth in the conference in tackles last season. While everyone in Arkansas knows his name, with another strong season he has a chance to make everyone in the Southeast know his name. -- Jackson Safon, Scout

Kamryn Pettway, FB, Auburn -- Pettway looks ready to contribute at both fullback and tailback as a redshirt sophomore. -- Mark Murphy, AU Tigers

Tyler Jordan, OL, Florida -- The guys in the trenches don't get all the notoriety and he is a little overshadowed by classmate Martez Ivey, but Jordan will have a great year while being able to concentrate on one position. -- Bob Redman, Fightin Gators

Dominick Sanders, DB, Georgia -- Sanders is an impressive ball hawk who just makes plays. -- Dean Legge, Dawpost

Austin MacGinnis, K, Kentucky -- If the Cats are going to get over the 6-win hump and back into a bowl game, they're going to have to win a couple of close games, and it's always nice to have a proven kicker with 50-yard-plus range. Jeff Drummond, All Wildcats

Donte Jackson, CB, LSU -- The likely breakout player of the year candidate has a lot in store that hasn't been seen yet. He can offer help on all both sides of the ball with his outstanding speed. Look for him to have a much bigger role for the Tigers this season and surprise opposing teams. - Billy Embody, Tiger Blitz

Richie Brown, LB, Mississippi State -- OK, so he led the team in tackles last year. But now Brown is working, and directing, a scheme much more to his skills and his liking, and the honors should follow. -- David Murray, Gene's Page

Anthony Sherrils, S, Missouri -- Sherrils started 12 games as a redshirt sophomore last season, his first as a starter, and finished third among the Tigers in tackles. With two starters in the secondary gone, he’ll be even more important in 2016. -- Nate Latsch, Black And Gold Illustrated

D.J. Jones, DT, Ole Miss -- Yes, Ole Miss graduated Robert Nkemdiche, but the Rebels return D.J. Jones, a rising senior who came on strong in his debut season a year ago. He dominated the Sugar Bowl, and now he'll take on an increased role similar to that of Nkemdiche -- where Ole Miss will funnel its defense through him as a plugging, gap-control force. -- Ben Garrett, OM Spirit

Cory Helms, G, South Carolina -- Helms is a transfer from Wake Forest and had to sit out last season due to transfer rules, but he should bring desperately needed experience to the offensive line. -- Bryan Matecun, Scout

Corey Vereen, DE, Tennessee -- The senior never has gotten the recognition he deserves, which is partially true because of Derek Barnett's deserved attention. Ask Alabama tackle Cameron Robinson what he thinks of Vereen. --Danny Parker, Inside Tennessee

Armani Watts, SS, Texas A&M -- Doesn't get as much pub as Garrett but Watts is an All-SEC-caliber player. He had 126 tackles last season and punishes receivers who run over the middle. -- Elijah Silas-Tafelsky, Scout

Sam Loy, K, Vanderbilt -- Loy, a freshman, was considered one of the top kicking prospects nationally. He allowed just one kickoff return in 51 attempts. Loy traveled to Australia to develop his kicking and punting. -- Don Yates, Vandy Mania


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