The SEC is always filled with talented players. Last year, guys like Nick Chubb, Dak Prescott, Robert Nkemdiche, Vernon Haregraves III and Joshua Dobbs became household names.
However, that wasn’t the case a year ago. All of these players had to work to get where they are, and as a result, they are considered as some of the best players in the country.
This season, there will be new players that will emerge and become some of the best in the SEC along with the guys I just mentioned. These players aren’t household names right now, but by the end of the 2015 season they will be.
So here a look at four SEC players that fans will know by season’s end.
Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia
The Bulldogs have a great set of outside linebackers in Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd. Both had at least five sacks last season and both had at least 8.5 tackles for loss.
But there is another outside linebacker that was able to make an impact as a true freshman last season, and his name is Lorenzo Carter.
He is not too much of an unknown to the Bulldog faithful because he did start five games last season. But he was able to record 4.5 sacks and was awarded Newcomer of the Year by his teammates.
Carter was able to make some noise last season, and if he’s able to make his way to the starting lineup, he will have a chance to have a huge season.
Russell Hansbrough, RB, Missouri
The SEC was running back heavy with Chubb, Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette. But Missouri’s Russell Hansbrough was a key piece to the Tigers’ SEC East title run as he rushed for 1,084 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
Hansbrough was able to have a productive season splitting time with Marcus Murphy. Now that Murphy is gone, Hansbrough will have a chance to better his numbers with him being the lone back.
The only problem is Hansbrough is only 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, so his size could be an issue when it comes to carrying the load. But he’s more powerful than one would think as he had 20 carries of 20 yards or more last year.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
It has been quite the journey for Alvin Kamra, who is making his debut this season. Originally signed with Alabama back in 2013, Kamara decided to transfer at the end of the year, but did not give much information as to why he decided to leave.
Last year, Kamara played at Hutchison Community College where he rushed for 1,253 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was named to the Junior College All-American team.
Tennessee already has an established running back in Jalen Hurd who rushed for 899 yards last season. But adding a guy like Kamara will give the offense a boost because he runs with great vision and has good balance. With Kamara, Hurd and quarterback Josh Dobbs, the Vols’ offense will have a chance to be special.
Robert Foster, WR, Alabama
With Amari Cooper gone, the Crimson Tide will need to find a top receiving target to help whoever wins the quarterback position. That candidate could be Robert Foster, who finished the 2014 season with six receptions for 44 yards.
Foster played sparingly last season, so he never got to really show what he could do. But he was able to do it in the spring game as he had six catches for 125 yards, and that led to him being named co-MVP.
At 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, Foster has good size to be a playmaker in the SEC. He has good ball skills, he is quick and he can make the big play after the catch.
Once the Crimson Tide get the quarterback situation straight, Foster will be the No. 1 target, and there is no reason he can’t have a great 2015 season.