There’s no denying the SEC has ruled college football for the past decade.
Whether you look at national titles, number of NFL draft picks or its head-to-head record against other conferences, the SEC has displayed dominance thanks to the elite talent its member schools possess.
So if the SEC has the best teams in college football, what would a team comprised of the conference’s best units look like?
Below, SEC Country has compiled the 2016 version of an SEC super team made up of its best overall position groups — undoubtedly a nightmare for an all-star team any other conference could put together. (Note: Only one position unit can be used from each team.)
Let’s get started:
Ole Miss’ Quarterbacks
With Chad Kelly returning as the SEC’s best quarterback and some talented new additions waiting behind him, the Ole Miss quarterbacks were an easy pick to lead the 2016 SEC super team. Kelly’s big arm and running ability makes him very difficult to stop, and don’t forget about five-star freshman sensation Shea Patterson, who will serve as Kelly’s backup this fall.
LSU’s Running Backs
The SEC super team wouldn’t be much without arguably the nation’s top player in LSU running back Leonard Fournette. The 6-foot-1, 230 pounder rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, but the Tigers’ ground game doesn’t end with Fournette. Derrius Guice showed off major talent as a freshman, averaging 8.55 yards on 51 rushes, and would likely start for a slew of other SEC teams. Guice and rising junior Darrel Williams combined for 732 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015.
Texas A&M’s Wide Receivers
Not many wide receiver rooms are as talented as the one you’ll find in College Station. Whether it’s Christian Kirk, Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones or Speedy Noil, you’d be hard-pressed to not find one of those guys open on any given play. Kirk’s 80-catch, 1,000-plus yard freshman campaign took the SEC by storm, and the experience of Reynolds and Seals-Jones brings a solid veteran leadership presence to the position. The team also landed a pair of four-star receivers in its 2016 signing class.
Arkansas’ Offensive Line
The Razorbacks certainly lost talent from last year’s unit, most notably standout offensive guard Sebastian Tretola. But if there’s one thing you can count on from a Bret Bielema-coached team, it’s that they’ll be fine along the offensive line. Right tackle Dan Skipper returns as the leader of the group, and Frank Ragnow moves to center after starting every game at right guard in 2015. Beyond that, there is some inexperience: Redshirt freshman Colton Jackson has been inserted at left tackle, while sophomores Brian Wallace and converted defensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt should slide into the guard spots. But Bielema has developed unknown names into all-conference offensive linemen before, and that could again be the case this season.
Missouri’s Defensive Line
One of the most overlooked defensive lines may be the best in the conference, as there is a ton to like about Missouri’s front four. Josh Augusta, Terry Beckner, Walter Brady and Charles Harris combined for 17 sacks and 47.5 tackles for loss last season. They may not be the biggest household names in the SEC, but the Tigers can stack up with anyone along the defensive line.
Tennessee’s linebacker corps received huge news when Jalen Reeves-Maybin made the decision to forego the NFL draft and return to school for his senior season. Reeves-Maybin’s five sacks and 14 tackles for loss shows what kind of effect he can have on any given play. The Vols’ linebacker room also got a big boost when rising sophomore Darrin Kirkland, Jr., figured things out towards the end of last season. Kirkland started 10 games as a freshman, finished fourth on the team with 66 tackles and tackled on three sacks and six tackles for loss.
Alabama’s Defensive Backs
It’s no surprise that Alabama will field one the country’s most talented secondaries. Cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Minkah Fitzpatrick are looking to build on impressive freshman seasons, and Eddie Jackson, who made an SEC-best six interceptions in 2015, returns at safety to give Alabama a ton of talent all around the defensive backfield.