Alabama running back Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy in 2009. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton won the award in 2010.
Both have moved on to the NFL.
But in the Southeastern Conference, you don't rebuild, you reload.
This season, South Carolina might have the two most dynamic players in the league with running back Marcus Lattimore and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, but Arkansas might have the most talented group of receivers in the country.
Here's how those players rank in The Post and Courier's preseason list of the top 20 offensive players in the Southeastern Conference for 2011:
1. Marcus Lattimore RB, Soph., South Carolina
Was there a player in the SEC more valuable to his team than Marcus Lattimore in 2010? When Lattimore was "on," USC was nearly unbeatable. The Gamecocks were 6-0 when he rushed for 90 yards or more. He accounted for 1,600 all-purpose yards and 19 TDs as a freshman.
2. Alshon Jeffery WR, Jr., South Carolina
Alshon Jeffery is being touted as the top
NFL prospect in the SEC. After an excellent freshman season (46 catches, 763 yards, 6 TDs), he was even better in 2010, leading the SEC in receptions (88), receiving yards (1,517) and TD receptions (9).
3. Trent Richardson RB, Jr., Alabama
With Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram gone, Richardson will be the star of Alabama's offensive attack. Richardson was slowed by injuries late last season, but still managed to rush for 751 yards and 8 TDs.
4. Knile Davis RB, Jr. Arkansas
In any other league, Knile Davis would be the star. But this is the SEC and he's almost an afterthought when you've got Marcus Lattimore, Trent Richardson and Michael Dyer. He has 1,300 yards and 13 TDs at Arkansas.
5. Michael Dyer RB, Soph., Auburn
Michael Dyer rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman, but few noticed because he was in the same backfield with 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. With Newton gone, Dyer will become the focal point of Auburn's offense.
6. Aaron Murray QB, Soph., Georgia
Aaron Murray set the SEC single-season freshman passing mark in 2010 with 3,049 yards and 24 TDs. What might have been most impressive was just 8 INTs a year ago. But this season Murray won't have A.J. Green.
7. Stephen Garcia QB, Sr., South Carolina
Stephen Garcia could finish his career as USC's all-time leading passer. He already has 6,357 passing yards and 43 TDs. But can Garcia stay out of trouble and out of Steve Spurrier's doghouse?
8. Greg Childs WR, Sr., Arkansas
Greg Childs might be the most talented wide receiver among a group at Arkansas that ranks among the best in the country. Tyler Wilson will have to mature at quarterback, but Childs will make his job a whole lot easier.
9. Rueben Randle WR, Jr., LSU
One of the top high school recruits in 2009, Rueben Randle is finally living up to the hype with a solid sophomore campaign. Randle is a big, physical wideout who had 31 catches for 525 yards and 3 TDs.
10. Barrett Jones OG, Jr., Alabama
Alabama might have the best offensive line in the country, and Barrett Jones is the best of the bunch. Jones has started 25 games at guard for the Tide. Jones was a first-team All-SEC pick in 2010 and is on the preseason Outland Trophy watch list in 2011.
11. Jeff Demps RB, Sr., Florida
Jeffery Demps has as much talent as any player in the SEC, but can't seem to put it together on the field. He has world-class speed, but injuries and inconsistency have plagued him throughout his career.
12. Cordy Glenn OL, Sr., Georgia
Cordy Glenn has started more than 30 games at guard during his career but is expected to move to right tackle for 2011. Glenn's footwork make him a versatile asset on the Dawgs' offensive line.
13. Joe Adams WR, Sr., Arkansas
Think the Razorbacks have a little bit of talent at wide receiver? Having Joe Adams and Greg Childs to throw to can make any quarterback look good.
14. Brandon Bolden RB, Sr. Mississippi
Not much went right for Ole Miss on the field in 2010. Brandon Bolden was one of the few bright spots. Bolden rushed for 976 yards and 14 TDs and also caught 32 passes for three more TDs.
15. Chris Rainey WR/RB, Sr., Florida
Another Florida Gator with a ton of talent who can't seem to get out of his own way. Troubles off the field have plagued Rainey, but the talent is there to dominate a game.
16. D.J. Fluker OL, Soph., Alabama
D.J. Fluker was one of the most sought-after offensive lineman in 2008. He hasn't disappointed, starting 10 games in 2010 at right tackle and quickly becoming one of the most consistent run blockers for the Tide.
17. Tyler Bray QB, Soph., Tennessee
Tyler Bray is a major reason the Volunteers turned things around late in the season. He threw for 1,849 yards and 18 TDs in 2010. He is 4-1 as a starter.
18. William Vlachos OL, Sr., Alabama
One of the top centers in the SEC and the nation. Vlachos has made 27 straight starts. He is a preseason All-SEC pick and on the Rimington Trophy watch list.
19. T.J. Johnson OL, Sr. South Carolina
T.J. Johnson has played guard and center during his career with the Gamecocks. He is a smart, aggressive blocker that anchors an improving South Carolina offensive line, and is alson on the Rimington Trophy watch list.
20. Isaiah Crowell RB, Fr., Georgia
One of the top high school running backs in the nation a year ago, Isaiah Crowell has the ability to come in and start immediately, especially with the departure of Washaun Ealy.