The SEC was well represented in ESPN’s midseason All-American awards. Six SEC players from five different schools were mentioned on Ivan Maisel’s list of midseason honors.
LSU was the only SEC team with more than one player listed, both of which were offensive players. The latter four players hailed from Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Alabama and Florida. The SEC tied with the Big Ten for the most players mentioned.
Here are the six SEC members along with Maisel’s rationale for each selection:
Leonard Fournette, LSU sophomore, running back
“An NFL scout said Fournette could start for ‘all but six or seven NFL teams.’”
Fournette is on pace to win the Heisman Trophy. He leads the nation in rushing by more than 200 yards.
Ethan Pocic, LSU junior, center
“Locker-room nickname is ‘Mensa’ because of his intelligence. Unusually big (6-foot-7, 301 pounds) for a center.”
Pocic is the anchor of a dominant LSU offensive line. It would only be fitting to include Fournette’s best blocker on this list.
Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss junior, defensive lineman
“Memphis game changed when No. 5 went out with a concussion. Two-way star got hurt carrying the ball.”
Nkemdiche might not have tremendous numbers, but his impact can’t be measured solely by the stats. Nkemdiche could be a high draft pick next spring.
Myles Garrett, Texas A&M sophomore, defensive lineman
“So big, so fast. Gave young Alabama star left tackle Cam Robinson all he could handle.”
Garrett is the front-runner for SEC Defensive Player of the Year and has nine sacks.
Reggie Ragland, Alabama senior, linebacker
“Don’t watch the ball, watch him. You’ll find out where the ball is soon enough.”
Ragland has been all over the field for the Crimson Tide and should be a first-round pick in next year’s draft.
Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida junior, cornerback
“He must get bored. No one ever throws on his side of the field.”
Hargreaves III is one of a few shutdown corners in college football. Opponents must dread an upcoming matchup against VHIII.