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Week Ten Pigskin Positional Pick ‘Em

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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See who our ten former ACC and SEC greats picked in the biggest week ten matchups.

This season, the SouthernPigskin.com weekly pick'em will take on a different, more competitive look. Led by former All-American Florida tight end Ben Troupe, an online contributor and co-host on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network, the challenge features a past SEC or ACC star from each position group, along with a former head coach. Troupe will go head-to-head with other all-time greats as participants pick winners for the seven biggest southern college football games on the schedule each week. Results, along with personal, positional and program bragging rights, will be tracked all season.

Meet the contestants:

QB -- Tajh Boyd, Clemson
A 2012 first-team All-American, Boyd was a three-time All-ACC honoree, the league player of the year and a conference champion with the Tigers. One of the most productive passers in college history, he remains the ACC's career leader in both passing yards with 11,904 yards and passing touchdowns with 107. Boyd was selected in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. 

RB -- Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State
Dixon is the Bulldogs' all-time leading rusher by a wide margin with 3,994 career rushing yards, including a record 1,391 in 2009. His 42 rushing touchdowns are also the most at Mississippi State ever. Dixon is one of just seven running backs in SEC history to lead his team in rushing for four straight years. He was a 6th round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

WR -- Troy Williamson, South Carolina
The 7th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, Williamson was a true big play threat for the Gamecocks. He, as a junior, caught 43 passes for 835 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 19.4 yards per reception. His 210-yard outburst versus Central Florida is still one of the top perimeter performances in South Carolina history.

TE -- Ben Troupe, Florida
Troupe, an SEC Champion in 2000, earned first-team All-American recognition in 2003 before being chosen in the 2nd round of the 2004 NFL Draft. His game-winning score for the Gators in the 2002 Florida-Georgia game stands as one of the top moments of this generation in the rivalry. Correspondingly, he is a member of the series hall of fame. 

OL -- Dwight Stephenson, Alabama
A football legend, Stephenson was a two-time All-American and two-time national champion under Bear Bryant with the Crimson Tide. After an NFL career that included five All-Pro seasons, the 1985 Man of the Year Award and inclusion on the 1980s All-Decade team, Stephenson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

DL -- Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee
Haynesworth, who recorded 31 career hurries and 20 tackles for loss, teamed up with John Henderson with the Volunteers to form one of the most dominant tackle tandems in SEC history. The 15th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Haynesworth would go on to earn multiple All-Pro bids and NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008.

LB -- Rennie Curran, Georgia
It was the ever-productive Curran who led the SEC in total tackles in 2009 with 131 and paced the league with 63 solo stops in 2008. He was named first-team all-conference and a first-team All-American his junior season. Curran was selected in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft. 

DB -- Stanford Samuels, Florida State
Playing for Bobby Bowden, Samuels started 35 career games at cornerback for the Seminoles, played in the 2000 BCS National Championship Game and led the ACC in interception return yards in 2002. His son, Stanford Samuels III, is now a starting defensive back at Florida State. 

ST -- Jeff Feagles, Miami
Feagles, a dynamic punter known for pinning opponents deep, won a national title with the Hurricanes in 1987 and is a member of Miami's Sports Hall of Fame. He played over 20 years in the NFL and is prominently pro football's all-time leader in punts with 1,173 and punting yards with 71,211. His son Zach is currently the punter for Miami.

HC -- Bill Curry, Georgia Tech/Alabama/Kentucky/Georgia State
A leader for Bobby Dodd's Yellow Jackets, Curry went on to become a three-time world champion, including winning Super Bowl I with the Green Bay Packers, under Vince Lombardi. Curry was the head coach at four different programs, leading Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky and starting football at Georgia State. Among many other honors, he was ACC Coach of the Year in 1985 and SEC Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1989.

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