As we all know, the SEC is the best conference in the world. The Southeastern Conference puts out an unrivaled product that consistently produces the best talent in the country. With all that being said, we at Roll Bama Roll decided to produce our own All-SEC team that showcases the best that the SEC has to offer. So, without further ado, here is the official 2014 Roll Bama Roll All-SEC Team.
Defensive End (2) - Shane Ray (Missouri) and Trey Flowers (Arkansas)
Ray, who was named All-SEC by the Coaches and Associated Press and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference with 14 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. Ray is a future first-round draft pick and was the leader of the vaunted Missouri defensive line.
While Flowers's stats may not be the most impressive, 63 tackles, 5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, what stands out is the fact that he consistently faced double-teams from opposing offenses. Flowers's numbers do not tell the full story, as his superior talent forced offensive linemen to focus on stopping him, which gave his teammates more opportunities to succeed.
Defensive Tackle (2) - Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss) and Johnathan Allen (Alabama)
Nkemdiche, the 6 ft. 4 in., 280 pound Goliath of a man, was a force for the dominant Rebel defense this season. Nkemdiche was an anchor in the middle of the Landshark defense, racking up 33 tackles and 2 sacks on the season.
Allen, a sophomore, has led the rejuvenation of the Alabama defensive line. A unit that has consistently been maligned, Allen has been the best player for a unit that has consistently disrupted opposing backfields. Allen has accounted for 4 sacks and 7 QB hurries on the year.
Linebackers (3) - Reggie Ragland (Alabama), Benardrick McKinney (Mississippi State), and Martrell Spaight (Arkansas)
Ragland could make an argument as being the SEC's most improve player from the beginning of the season. Ragland frustrated Crimson Tide fans with a game against West Virginia in which he looked largely confused for the entirety of the game. Since that game, Ragland has been a leader for the Tide defense while also accounting for 86 tackles (one behind team leader Landon Collins) and one impressive interception.
While McKinney statistics may pale in comparison to other SEC linebackers, his leadership is second to none. McKinney is the quarterback of the Bulldog defense that helped Mississippi State have one of their most successful seasons in school history. McKinney is a future early first-round draft pick and was a Coaches All-SEC Team selection.
Spaight leads the conference with 123 tackles, and the conference's tackles leader should almost surely be named to the All-SEC team. The Razorback linebacker is also known for frequent #SPAIGHTING, which swung my vote in his favor. While Spaight may not be a household name, he was named All-SEC by both the AP and the coaches.
Defensive Backs (2) - Senquez Golson (Ole Miss) and Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida) / Cyrus Jones (Alabama) (tie)
Golson is one of the SEC's premiere defensive players and led one of the SEC's best defenses. Golson grabbed nine interceptions (second nationally) and led the conference with 17 passes defensed. Golson was an absolute lockdown corner this season, holding the SEC's best receivers to minimal yards. Amari Cooper accounted for 91 yards, Auburn's Duke Williams managed only 71 yards, and De'Runnya Wilson grabbed 117 yards against the Rebels all due to the incredible abilities of Golson.
Hargreaves and Jones account for RBR's only tie on the All-SEC team. Hargreaves, an All-SEC selection by both the AP and the Coaches, followed up an outstanding freshman season in 2013 with an equally impressive 2014. Hargreaves intercepted 2 passes, accounted for 15 passes defensed, and was tasked with defending the SEC's best while leading a Gator defense that was tasked with keeping Florida in most of their games while the anemic Florida offense messed around. While many Bama fans see Reggie Ragland as the most improved on the team from the West Virginia game to right now, Cyrus Jones would have a legitimate claim at the title. Jones, at 5 ft. 10 in., is forced to use superior positioning and experience to gain the upper-hand against massive SEC wide receivers. Jones has been excellent, despite being undersized and has been a key to the Tide's defensive success. Take a look at the last play of the LSU game to get a feel for how Jones has been forced to compensate for his lack of size this season.
Safeties (2) - Landon Collins (Alabama) and Cody Prewitt (Ole Miss)
Collins was one of only three unanimous selections for the RBR All-SEC Team. Collins, the former 5-star recruit and future NFL first-round pick, leads the Crimson Tide defense in tackles with 91 on the season and has been incredibly versatile the entire season. Collins is able to make plays at the line of scrimmage, defend the middle of the field, and make some opportunistic interceptions.
Prewitt, yet another Ole Miss Rebel to make the RBR All-SEC Team on defense, excels most at stopping the run. While accounting for only two interceptions, Prewitt is at his best when he is able to keep the play in front of him and make dudes regret having the ball in their hands.
Punter - JK Scott
Another unanimous selection for the All-SEC Team, what can be said about Mr. Scott that hasn't already been said? Averaging 47 yards per punt, the freshman has been an absolute beast for the Crimson Tide all season and was a key factor in Alabama's close wins at Arkansas and LSU. After being snubbed for the Ray Guy Award, look for JK to carry a chip on his shoulder to New Orleans and decimate the Buckeyes field position average.
Offensive Tackle (2) - La'el Collins (LSU) and Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)
A top LT prospect, Collins was good enough to go pro last year, but he decided to return to Baton Rouge for the 2014 season and has only improved his prospects for the NFL while protecting Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings.
Tunsil has been crucial to the success of the Ole Miss offense as he is tasked with protecting Dr. Bo Wallace while he goes to work dissecting opposing defenses. Collins and Tunsil are two future first-round draft picks who separated themselves from the field of talented SEC offensive tackles.
Offensive Guard (2) - Ben Beckwith (Mississippi State) and Arie Kouandjio (Alabama)
Beckwith is the best player on a Bulldog offensive line that found success opening up holes for Josh Robinson and Dak Prescott, while leading Mississippi State to one of their best seasons in school history. More importantly, Beckwith has a beautiful head of hair that will surely allow him to be the heir to Troy Polamalu's Head and Shoulders throne.
Kouandjio, a 6 ft. 5 in. 315 lb. senior, has shown tremendous improvement in his run block abilities while providing Blake Sims with enough protection to get the ball in the hands of Alabama's playmakers. Kouandjio and freshman LT Cameron Robinson make up a left side of the Alabama offensive line that has been great the entire season.
Center - Reese Dismukes (Auburn)
Dismukes, named All-SEC by the AP and the Coaches, has been a leader for the Auburn offense and has helped Auburn's dynamic rushing attack take the SEC by storm for the past two seasons.
Tight End - Evan Engram (Ole Miss)
Engram is second on the team with 37 receptions on the year and has been Bo Wallace's number one target since the injury to Laquon Treadwell. Engram was key in Ole Miss's Egg Bowl victory over Mississippi State, grabbing 5 catches for 176 yards. Engram's 651 receiving yards are the most of any tight end in the SEC.
Running Back (2) - Nick Chubb (Georgia) and Josh Robinson (Mississippi State)
After the injury to superstar RB Todd Gurley, Georgia head coach relied on Chubb to lead the Bulldog offense. Chubb did not disappoint, rushing for over 100 yards in Georgia's last seven games. Chubb rushed for 1,281 yards this season despite backing up Gurley at the beginning of the season.
Robinson, the 5 ft. 9. in. 215 lb. bowling ball of a back, has rushed for 1,128 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. Robinson has been vital to the success of Dan Mullen's spread offense and also gave us one of the most entertaining runs of the year.
Wide Receiver (2) - Amari Cooper (Alabama) and Bud Sasser (Missouri)
Cooper, everyone's pick for All-SEC (and All-America for that matter), has been an absolute monster this season. The SEC Offensive Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist has made countless highlight reel plays, and Lane Kiffin has relied on Cooper's playmaking ability to make big plays throughout the season. Cooper leads the nation with 115 receptions for 1,656 yards. Cooper's success will go a long way in determining how well Alabama will do in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Sasser has put together an outstanding season despite being overshadowed by Cooper's Hesiman-esque campaign. Sasser has caught 70 passes for 935 yards and 10 touchdowns while being the key offensive weapon for the SEC East champion Missouri Tigers.
Quarterback - Blake Sims (Alabama)
While Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has had an outstanding season, our COMPLETELY UNBIASED voters chose Sims as the best quarterback in the SEC. Sims has thrown for 3,250 yards and 26 touchdowns while only throwing 7 interceptions. Some may argue Prescott is the better quarterback, but Sims's value can not be understated or quantified. Sims has the "clutch" gene (see: last drive vs. LSU, second half vs. Auburn) while also being a team leader. It is difficult to imagine any other quarterback leading Alabama to the success they have had this season than Sims.
Kicker - Austin MacGinnis (Kentucky)
MacGinnis has been solid for the Wildcats this season. He has connected on 21 of 27 attempts including a long of 54 yards. MacGinnis is 8-12 on kicks from over 40 yards.
There you have it, RBR's 2014 All-SEC Team! Where did we mess up? Did we get it all completely, 100% correct? Let us know in the comments.