The skill-position players are accustomed to making the headlines, but nobody reaches the end zone without a good offensive line.
Here are the top five offensive linemen in the SEC.
Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (6-5, 305) — The former five-star recruit from Lake City, Fla., is coming off a leg injury in the Peach Bowl. With a few All-SEC honors on his résumé, a healthy Tunsil could tremendously propel the Rebels’ offense.
Vadal Alexander, LSU (6-6, 329) — Alexander thought about joining his fellow offensive lineman La’el Collins in the NFL Draft after last season. Since he’s coming back for another year, his versatility makes him that much more valuable.
Cam Robinson, Alabama (6-6, 326) — He started all 14 games last year and made freshman all-conference honors. Robinson has the potential to be an All-American and high draft choice.
John Theus, Georgia (6-6, 303) — Theus decided to return to Georgia instead of leaving for the NFL. He does an outstanding job protecting the quarterback in addition to opening holes for a certain running back.
Evan Boehm, Missouri (6-3, 310) — Boehm is back to frustrate defensive linemen. The center has started 40 consecutive games and his experience will help Maty Mauk orchestrate the Tigers’ offense.
By Damian Reynolds/Special for Atlanta Journal-Constitution