The SEC is full of superb athletes.
Year in and year out, the conference reloads with commitments from some of the nation’s top prospects, who take part in the top-notch strength and conditioning programs — only enhancing their already freakish bodies.
While several players are already impressive in their own right, there are those that make you do a double-take and question the laws of physics and humanity.
A handful of those players exist in the conference, but SEC Country takes a look at five guys who even manage to stand above their highly talented peers:
Myles Garrett (DE, Texas A&M)
Analysis: While sitting down to draft this list, Garrett stood out as THE freak in the SEC. The rising junior collected 59 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 19. 5 tackles for a loss in 2015. Garrett is listed at 6-foot-5, 262 pounds, and was clocked running at 20.8 miles per hour during a game last season. Imagine that: a 262-pound defensive lineman running towards you at 20 mph. No thanks. Garrett is primed for another big season in College Station, and is projected as the 2017 NFL Draft’s No. 2 overall pick, according to Pro Football Focus.
Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)
Analysis: This is another name I’m sure you expected to make the cut. The size and numbers speak for themselves. If you don’t believe me, watch Fournette run against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in this year’s season opener. The rising junior rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. He’s listed at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds. He breaks tackles, makes defenders miss and shoulders a huge load for LSU’s hard-nosed ground attack. The dude is an absolute freak. He’s such a freak and his body is so unique that the LSU star took out two insurance policies worth a reported $10 million.
Jalen Hurd (RB, Tennessee)
Analysis: Hurd is a big boy. The rising junior is listed at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, making him one of the biggest backs in the SEC. For comparison, Alabama’s Derrick Henry was listed at 6-foot-3, 242 pounds last season, and we all know what he went on to do in 2015. You could also argue that Hurd is more mobile than the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner — a deadly combo of size and speed that the Vols possess. He rushed for 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. For an update on Hurd’s freakish ability, check out the below video.
Christian Kirk (WR, Texas A&M)
Analysis: Kirk was ranked as the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver prospect coming out of high school, and for good reason. Talk about an explosive player. During his freshman season, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound wideout amassed 1,009 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. He also collected two scores on punt return duty. Kirk was named SEC Freshman of the Year, and was recently named one of the five most versatile players in the country, per NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread. I’ll repeat: He was a freshman last season.
Tim Williams (LB, Alabama)
Analysis: Williams will keep the dominant Crimson Tide pass-rushing train rolling in 2016. Coming off a year in which he amassed 19 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss, the Alabama linebacker decided to come back for his senior season in search of another national championship. Williams really came on toward the end of last season, with five of his sacks coming in the Crimson Tide’s last four contests. Alabama coach Nick Saban even joked during the Crimson Tide’s A-Day spring game that Williams may ‘ruin it’ with his pass rushing (he basically did).