|Tennessee WR Justin Hunter had a bad drop on Saturday, but he made up for it with three touchdown grabs. (US Presswire)|
Here's the latest on the conference's top players who are projected to go from playing on Saturdays to starring on Sundays.
Why he has the top spot: He was relatively quiet in a win over Ole Miss on Saturday with just three tackles. That doesn't diminish his value, especially since he's just a week removed from one of the most dominant defensive performances of the year against Florida (13 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR). Barring a major injury, Jones is expected to be one of the top few picks in the 2013 draft.
Season stats (seven games): 52 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 15 TFLs, 5 forced fumbles, 23 QB hurries, INT.
Player ranking: Jones is ranked as the fifth overall player, and he is the second-highest outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings.
Up next: The Bulldogs' next game is at Auburn. Expect Jones to be a nightmare matchup for a shaky Auburn OL and a true freshman QB, Jonathan Wallace.
Why he has the second spot: Wilson is still the highest ranked SEC QB on CBSSports.com's player rankings despite not having the senior season many thought he would. He was decent in a 19-15 win over Tulsa on Saturday, completing 21 of 31 attempts for 272 yards and one INT. Overall, Wilson's gone from a potential top-10 selection to more of a late first or early second round prospect. He still has three tough games against South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU to boost his draft stock.
Season stats (eight games): 169 of 279 (60.6 percent) for 2,526 yards, 16 TDs, 8 INTs.
Player ranking: Wilson is ranked as the No. 24 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings.
Up next: The Razorbacks play South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks' defense, ranked 20th overall nationally, will be a great test for Wilson.
Why he has the third spot: Hunter is perhaps the most physically gifted WR in the 2012 class. He has height, speed and great leaping ability. He's been plagued by drops at times this season, and he had another bad one in the 55-48 win over Troy on Saturday. He made up for it later in that game with nine receptions for 181 yards and three TDs.
Season stats (nine games): 56 catches, 838 yards, 7 TDs.
Player ranking: Hunter is ranked No. 21 overall and is the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings.
Up next: Tennessee faces Missouri on Saturday. The Tigers' defense was stingy against Florida last week, allowing the Gators just 14 points and 106 passing yards.
Keep an eye on: QB Tyler Bray, 6-6, 215 pounds, Tennessee
Why you should watch him? After going through somewhat of a mid-season slump, Bray has gone back to putting up huge numbers the past two weeks. He threw for 368 yards and four TDs against South Carolina last week and followed that up by breaking a school record against Troy with 530 passing yards and five TDs. The schedule is easier for Tennessee (Missouri, Vanderbilt, Kentucky) down the stretch, so expect Bray to expand his lead as the SEC's leading passer.
Season stats (nine games): 200 of 344 (59.9 percent) for 2,812 yards, 25 TDs, 10 INTs.
Player ranking: Bray is ranked No. 42 overall and is the fourth-highest rated QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings.
Up next: Bray will face a Missouri team that gives up an average of just 185.6 passing yards per game.
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