The Season: The best at every school

Maclin became only the sixth player in NCAA history to amass more than 2,800 all-purpose yards in a season. He caught a school-record 102 passes and scored on receptions and punt and kick returns.

Honorable mention: Brad Smith 2005, Chase Daniel 2007, Chase Coffman 2009


Eli Manning

Ole Miss: Eli Manning, QB, 2003

3,600 passing yards; 29 touchdowns

Ole Miss earned a share of the SEC West Division championship and capped the season with a Cotton Bowl victory. Eli, the youngest of the Manning clan, captured the Maxwell Award as the nation's top collegiate player.

Honorable mention: Charlie Conerly 1947, Archie Manning 1969, Patrick Willis 2006


George Rogers

South Carolina: George Rogers, RB, 1980

1,894 yards (5.9 YPC); 14 touchdowns

The only Heisman Trophy winner in South Carolina history, Rogers led the Gamecocks to eight victories, including a win at Michigan. He rushed for more than 100 yards in every game that season.

Honorable mention: Marcus Lattimore 2010, Jadeveon Clowney 2012, Connor Shaw 2013


Peyton Manning

Tennessee: Peyton Manning, QB, 1997

3,819 yards, 36 TDs on 60.2 percent passing

Manning endeared himself to Tennessee fans forever when he returned for his senior season in 1997 and delivered with a record-setting farewell. He led the Vols to the first of back-to-back SEC championships.

Honorable mention: Johnny Majors 1956, Reggie White 1983, Al Wilson 1998


Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M: Johnny Manziel, QB, 2012

SEC-record 5,116 yards of offense; 47 touchdowns

Johnny Football went from an unknown to breaking Archie Manning's SEC record for yards in a game (with 576) and Cam Newton's season record. He beat No. 1 Alabama and became the first freshman to win the Heisman.

Honorable mention: John Kimbrough 1939, John David Crow 1957, Dat Nguyen 1998


Jordan Matthews

Vanderbilt: Jordan Matthews, WR, 2013

112 catches; 1,477 yards; seven TDs

While not a burner, it was hard to find a more consistent receiver. Outstanding hands and an intimidating wingspan made Matthews a terror for defenders. He led the SEC in receptions in 2013.

Honorable mention: Chris Gaines 1987, Jamie Winborn 1999, Jay Cutler 2005


SUN BELT


Armanti Edwards

Appalachian State: Armanti Edwards, QB, 2007

3,536 yards of total offense, 38 total touchdowns

Edwards racked up bunches of yards and honors, but he is best known for his performance against Michigan, accounting for 289 yards and four touchdowns in one of the biggest upsets in college football history.


Bill Bergey

Arkansas State: Bill Bergey, LB, 1968

196 tackles (19.6 per game); 33 in one game

Prior to becoming an All-Pro performer in the NFL, Bergey shifted from the defensive line to linebacker and became a first-team All-American and first-team All-Southland Conference player.


Adrian Peterson

Georgia Southern: Adrian Peterson, RB, 1999

2,704 rushing yards, 40 TDs in 15 games

A year after setting the NCAA single-season rushing record by a freshman, Peterson became the first sophomore to win the Walter Payton Award as the top player in Division I-AA.


Albert Wilson

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