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Southern Pigskin's ranking of the top five SEC special teams units.

1. Georgia: You can make an argument that the Bulldogs have the best kicker in the country in Rodrigo Blankenship and the best punt return specialist in Mecole Hardman. Blankenship made 20-of-23 field goal attempts last season, including a Rose Bowl-record 55-yarder against Oklahoma. Hardman, who ranked eighth in college football in 2017 with a punt return average of 11.78 yards per attempt, is always one step away from breaking a game wide open. Georgia also slotted in the top five in the SEC in both kick and punt return coverage.

2. Missouri: Richaud Floyd returned just eleven punts a year ago, but took two of them back for touchdowns. The former high school track star is electric in the open field. Corey Fatoney is the SEC's leading returning punter with an average of 44.31 yards per boot. Kicker Tucker McCann was a revelation as a sophomore, converting 15-of-17 field goal tries; impressively, he didn't miss once over the second half of the season. McCann's game-winner at Arkansas clinched bowl eligibility for Missouri. .

3. Texas A&M: The Aggies led the nation in blocked kicks and punts last season with eight, the most in college football since 2011. Cullen Gillaspia is back after blocking two. Daniel LaCamera is an experienced and proven kicker who has made 35 field goals the past two years. With four conversions, he was the star of Texas A&M's win at Florida a season ago.

4. Mississippi State: In addition to being an All-American defensive tackle, Jeffery Simmons tied for number one in the country in 2017 with three blocks kicks, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Deddrick Thomas took back a punt for a score against UMass. Kicker Jace Christmann had a very successful freshman debut, going 12-of-14 on field goals, including making his first nine attempts.

5. South Carolina: There isn't a better kickoff return talent in college football than the now-healthy Deebo Samuel. He had just two attempts before getting injury last season; both went 97 yards for touchdowns. In fact, Samuel has three scores in his last 17 returns overall. Kicker Parker White and punter Joseph Charlton, who could push for all-conference honors, both return.