SEC’s best players — No. 8 Greg Hardy, Ole Miss


Jr., defensive end

Why he’s No. 8:Hardy is one of those athletic freaks who could well be playing his final season in Oxford. A big year should propel him to the NFL as a top 15 pick. Hardy led the SEC in sacks last season with 10 and was second in tackles for a loss with 18. He has explosive speed around the corner and the bulk at 250 pounds to be a run-stopper as well.