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Cue the fireworks: The SEC’s most explosive players for the 2017 season

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GRAPHIC BY JODY HORTON

July 4th has come and gone which means fireworks are over… until the SEC season begins!

We’re taking a look at the 10 most explosive players in the SEC for the 2017 season. Some may be a surprise; some won’t. And there certainly will be some players who emerge this season and will be on this list next year at this time.

Here is the top 10. (All long-yardage stats are from cfbstats.com, which has a veritable cornucopia of way-cool numbers.)

Antonio Callaway

ANTONIO CALLAWAY, by Jay Metz/Florida athletics

10. Florida WR Antonio Callaway

Particulars: 5 feet 11, 197 pounds, junior
The skinny: Callaway was electrifying as a true freshman in 2015, much less so last season. He averaged 19.4 yards per catch in ’15 and scored twice on punt returns (against Alabama and LSU). His per-catch average dropped to 13.4 last season and he didn’t come close to taking back a punt return. He had four catches of at least 30 yards in the first four games last season, but just one in the final 10 games. He showed in 2015 – and in early ’16 – that he can get deep; he is shifty and has explosiveness. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he’ll be more of the 2015 Callaway than the 2016 version this fall.

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