Four SEC players made Pro Football Focus’ Top 10 true freshman in college football list.
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and offensive tackle Jonah Williams were joined by Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor and Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams.
The entire list is as follows:
- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
- Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan
- Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama
- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
- Shane Buechele, QB, Texas
- Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
- N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
- Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
After winning the starting quarterback job for Alabama, Hurts has thrown for 727 yards and run for another 208 yards on 27 runs (7.7 per carry) through four games. The article goes onto say, “Stepping in as a true freshman quarterback for Nick Saban and the defending national champions is no easy task, but Hurts outlasted other highly-recruited quarterbacks to secure the starting spot on the No. 1 team in the nation.”
Williams, meanwhile, has started at right tackle for the Crimson Tide since the opening week. Since then, he has allowed only 1 sack.
Taylor started the season as a backup for the Gators but has since become a starter for the Gators, earning national Team of the Week honors after the Gators dominating win over Kentucky in Week 2. The article says, “Taylor has stepped in at right tackle for Florida and more than held his own in the early going. He had a monster game against Kentucky in Week 2, earning national Team of the Week, and while he’s leveled off since then, it’s still an impressive start for a true freshman offensive tackle.”
Meanwhile, Williams is averaging 9.7 yards per carry so far this season, and has scored 3 touchdowns thus far for the Aggies thanks to runs like this.
Ole Miss offensive tackle Greg Little also made the watch list.