Willis and the Q-Tip
Patrick Willis of Ole Miss led the SEC in tackles this year despite only playing in 10 games, but that's not the half of it. Willis was the leading tackler on a revamped Ole Miss defense that moved up to #27 in the country despite little support from the offensive side of the ball, and he did it one handed.
After breaking his thumb early in the season, Willis played the rest of the season with padding on his hand that turned his arm into what was accurately described as a Q-Tip. He was still the best player on the field. Demeco Ryans of Alabama is worthy of recognition as well.
Darren McFadden of Arkansas rushed for over 1,000 yards and had an eye popping 6.32 yards per carry and 11 touchdowns. The term "game-breaker" gets thrown around too loosely in recruiting circles, and McFadden is one of the few players that term fits appropriately.
The 2005 Scout.com All-SEC Team
|ALL-SEC -- Offense|
|WR||Sidney Rice||South Carolina||6-4||191||Fr.|
|FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- DEFENSE|
|DE||Willie Evans||Mississippi State||6-2||270||Sr.|
|LB||Patrick Willis**||Ole Miss||6-2||230||Jr.|
|S||Ko Simpson||South Carolina||6-1||201||So.|
|FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC -- SPECIAL TEAMS|
* Offensive Player of the Year
** Defensive Player of the Year
*** Freshman of the Year