The SEC will be well represented in the awards for the best overall player in the country. And could very well have the favorite in LSU running back Leonard Fournette.
Seven SEC players were named to the Walter Camp Award Watch List, the award given to the best overall player in the country. This includes three members of last year’s Walter Camp All-American team.
Fournette is obviously the headliner. Many have him as the favorite to win the Heisman in his third year in school and quite possibly the best running back college football has seen in some time. Fournette will be a highlight waiting to happen and leading a very good LSU team in the process.
Defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M was a Walter Camp All-American last year and the only SEC player on the first team from last year to make this year’s watch list. Garrett is expected to be a terror once again on the defensive side of the ball after recording 59 tackles and 11.5 sacks.
Alabama’s Eddie Jackson was also a second-team Walter Camp All American last year and rejoins the list this year. The Crimson Tide defensive back had six interceptions and two pick-6s last season.
The rest of the SEC’s members on this list are offensive dynamos like wide receiver Christian Kirk of Texas A&M and Georgia running back Nick Chubb. Both showed a lot of big play ability last year. Kirk is expected to do big things as a sophomore this year for the Aggies. Chubb is coming off a season-ending injury last year, but could be in line for a big season if he is healthy.
The SEC’s top two quarterbacks — Josh Dobbs of Tennessee and Chad Kelly of Ole Miss — round out the SEC’s representation on the watch list. Both those players have clearly produced already and could be in for big seasons for their teams this year.