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ESPN is ranking the Top 25 players in the SEC in 2013, and we will be featuring the Top 15 on the SEC Rant. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was ranked as the No.1 player.

The ranking is based solely on performance during the 2013 season, and is based on how players performed in key games and clutch situations. Here is what ESPN had to say about Manziel:


The No. 1 player in our countdown seemed to have it all: the production, the highlights, the nickname, the hardware (at least from 2012) and more media coverage than one can fathom. He left an indelible mark on college football and his sophomore season did not disappoint.

Manziel was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing fifth in the voting. He finished the season with 4,114 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He completed 69.9 percent of his passes and averaged 9.59 yards per attempt. When running the football, Manziel averaged 5.3 yards per carry, racking up 759 yards and nine touchdowns on 144 carries. His adjusted QBR of 86.3 was the best in the SEC and No. 3 nationally behind Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.
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Rest of the pack:
No. 2: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn, Jr.
No. 3: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama, Sr.
No. 4: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M, Soph.
No. 5: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama, Sr.
No. 6: Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina, Sr.
No. 7: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, Sr.
No. 8: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri, Sr.
No. 9: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, Sr.
No. 10: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, Sr.
No. 11: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn, So.
No. 12: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU, So.
No. 13: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn, Sr.
No. 14: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia, So.
No. 15: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, Jr.
No. 16: Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU, Jr.
No. 17: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, Jr.
No. 18: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama, So.
No. 19: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU, Jr.
No. 20: Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss, Jr.
No. 21: Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn, Jr.
No. 22: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama, Jr.
No. 23: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State, Sr.
No. 24: Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt, Sr.
No. 25: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri, Jr.
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Sure, except Mettenberger outperformed 4 of the QBs that are on this list.
Reply33 months
Zach fell off a bit down the stretch. His knee not being 100% obviously had an impact.
Reply33 months
So Zach Mettenberger doesn't make this list at all? That's hilarious.
Reply33 months
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