Four Vols among SEC's top 30

Just about everybody names an All-SEC team but the folks at Collegefootballnews.com have gone a step further. They've rated the top 30 SEC players, regardless of position.

Tennessee placed four players among the top 30. Quarterback Erik Ainge checks in at No. 5. Linebacker Jerod Mayo is No. 10, running back Arian Foster No. 19 and safety Jonathan Hefney No. 24.

Ainge completed 63 percent of his passes during the regular season for 3,157 yards and 29 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions. His passer-efficiency rating was an imposing 134.64.

Foster rushed for 1,162 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

Mayo led the Vols with 127 tackles. He recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, 5 hurries and an interception that he returned 34 yards for a touchdown.

Hefney finished third on the team with 88 stops. He also recorded 6 pass breakups and an interception.

Here is CFN.com's top five SEC players:

(1)Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

(2)Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU

(3)Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

(4)Craig Steltz, S, LSU

(5)Erik Ainge, QB, Tennessee

CFN.com also rated the SEC players at each position, yielding some interesting results.

Ainge ranks No. 2 at quarterback behind Tebow. Foster ranks No. 3 at running back behind McFadden and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno. Mayo ranks No. 1 among linebackers and Hefney No. 3 among defensive backs.

In addition to going outside the box with its player ratings, CFN.com also assembled its own All-SEC team. Two Vols made it – Mayo and Hefney.


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