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Five best SEC players in 2014

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Alabama WR Amari Cooper hopes to be healthy this season. (AP photo)

Alabama WR Amari Cooper hopes to be healthy this season. (AP photo)

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Cooper should be the No. 1 option on the Tide’s list of weapons, but sometimes receivers are behind RBs in that system. If Alabama’s QBs ever tire of handing the ball off, they have one of the country’s most athletic receivers to find downfield.

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

No running back was taken in the first round of this spring’s NFL Draft, something that will have to change if Gurley turns pro after this season. He’s the most polished back in college football, and that doesn’t include the fact that he’s 226 pounds and runs angry.

Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn

Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and QB Nick Marshall receive a lot of credit for Auburn’s outstanding offense, but Dismukes likely will be carrying around a lot of trophies in December as one of college football’s best linemen.

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

A scare occurred earlier this month when Hargreaves went down with a leg injury. It was only a bone bruise, but it demonstrated Hargreaves’ value. He was the SEC’s best coverage guy as a freshman and Will Muschamp said he’s a “pro at what he does.”

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Folks don’t want to see offensive grunts on these lists, but Ogbuehi continues Texas A&M’s recent tradition of outstanding tackles (see Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews). The Aggies wanted him back, so they took out an insurance policy – yes, its legal — on Ogbuehi.

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