Four SEC players were listed in Pro Football Focus’ Top 10 true freshman in college football list.
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and offensive tackle Jonah Williams, as well as Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams and Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor were among the 10 players listed.
The article said Hurts “continues to exceed expectations…He has excelled on throws between zero and 20 yards through the air from the line of scrimmage, as he has completed 70 percent of his attempts in that range with five scores and just two interceptions. Accounting for his 14 throwaways and one pass where he was hit as he was in the act of throwing, he has connected on 112 of 162 attempts.” The article said Hurts’ teammate, Williams, “is starting to climb up the list due to his very steady play. He has not given up a pressure since Week 3’s game against Ole Miss, and has now posted consecutive games without taking a penalty.”
Pro Football Focus said Williams “was a true workhorse against Tennessee in Week 6, as he carried the ball 28 times for 215 yards, earning 138 of those yards after contact. He ranks eight in FBS in yards after contact per attempt and 11th in elusive rating.”
The article says Taylor “has finally started to show some warts in pass protection, as he has given up a sack and a hit each of the last two weeks, albeit against two strong defensive fronts. However, this past weekend against Missouri he did post his best run block grade since Week 2’s game against Kentucky, and also helped his grade considerably with three excellent screen blocks.”
The full list is as follows:
- Ed Oliver, NT, Houston 87.2
- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson 86.2
- Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama, 79.2
- Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State, 83.0
- Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M 77.9
- Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan 80.8
- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida 80.4
- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama 78.6
- Michael Pinckney, LB, Miami 79.0
- Lorenzo Harrison, RB, Maryland 76.4