#1 Alabama - Mark Ingram
We've heard the talk about how Ingram might not be the Crimson Tide's best tailback. And while sophomore Trent Richardson might be faster and more explosive than Ingram, there is a reason he is the complementary back - because Ingram's low center of gravity and his tough running style are the perfect fit for Nick Saban's grind-it-out, control-the-clock approach.
One measure of a back is how he performs when everyone in the stadium knows he's getting the ball. Watch Ingram on Alabama's game-clinching drive against USC last October, and find someone more deserving as the SEC's best offensive player.
#2 - A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
#3 - Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
#4 - Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
#5 - Mike Pouncey, C, Florida
Rating SEC football's best returning offensive players