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SEC Football: 10 Players To Watch In 2015 Season

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SEC Football: 10 Players To Watch This Season

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Contrary to popular opinion, the SEC is still the best conference in college football. Despite losing some outstanding players to the NFL like Amari Cooper, Dante Fowler Jr. and Todd Gurley, the SEC still has a tremendous amount of talent on both sides of the ball. Here are the 10 players within the SEC that you must watch this season.

10. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

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10. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

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The Ole Miss Rebels' "Landshark" defense starts and stops up front, and the man to watch is DT Robert Nkemdiche. Highly touted coming out of school (No. 1 overall in 2013), Nkemdiche hasn't disappointed in his first two seasons. He and the front four will have to step up this season, because the secondary lost two outstanding players in Cody Prewitt and Senquez Golson.

9. D'haquille Williams, WR, Auburn

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9. D'haquille Williams, WR, Auburn

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In his first season at Auburn after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, D'haquille Williams was Auburn's leading receiver in receptions (45) and receiving touchdowns (5). He will be extra motivated for his senior year after a suspension kept him out of the Tigers' Outback Bowl loss to Wisconsin.

8. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

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8. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

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As a true freshman, Derek Barnett dominated the SEC, racking up over 20 tackles for loss to go along with 10 sacks. Barnett will team with fellow 10-sack member Curt Maggitt and terrorize opposing quarterbacks this season.

7. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

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7. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

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With Laquon Treadwell in the lineup, the Ole Miss Rebels were one of the five best teams in the country. When he was injured in the Rebels' loss to Auburn, the team spiraled out of control. Treadwell should return at full strength once the season begins and continue what he started last season.

6. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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6. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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Like Barnett, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett took the SEC by storm as a true freshman. He broke Jadeveon Clowney's SEC freshman sack record in 2014, finishing the year with 11.5 sacks, and is only 19 years old. If his supporting cast wasn't so poor, Garrett would be getting even more publicity than he's already been given.

5. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

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5. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

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After splitting time last season with T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry will be the focal point for the Alabama offense this season. At 6-foot-3 and 241 pounds, Henry is a bowling ball that can't be stopped by one defender. In 2014, Henry ran for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 172 carries.

4. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

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4. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

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As a true freshman, Leonard Fournette more than lived up to the lofty expectations that were placed on him. In an offense that had no passing attack, Fournette ran for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns as a backup. With Kenny Hilliard now in the NFL, Fournette will have even better stats.

3. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

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3. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

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The Florida Gators haven't had much to celebrate recently, but they do have a top-10 caliber corner in Vernon Hargreaves III. He recorded three interceptions in both 2013 and 2014, but was torched by Amari Cooper in last year's game with Alabama.

2. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

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2. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

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With Todd Gurley sidelined by suspension and injury, Nick Chubb carried the load for the Bulldogs as a freshman, rushing for an SEC-high 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. Chubb's numbers will increase behind an offensive line that starts three seniors and two juniors.

1. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

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1. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

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Dak Prescott emerged from out of nowhere to lead the Bulldogs to the top-ranking by midseason in 2014. Prescott broke 12 school records last season and accounted for at least three touchdowns in 10 of his 13 games. With Josh Robinson now in the NFL, Prescott's numbers should improve even more in the running game.

Brian Kalchik is a Houston Texans writer and featured writer for RantSports.com. He also covers the NBA, College Basketball, Fantasy Sports, Clubhouse and College Football for the site. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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