The college football offseason is a time for rankings, and the SEC continues to be heavily featured in most.
Most recently, the SEC had three players in ESPN’s top 10 players in college football: Alabama OT Cam Robinson (No. 10), Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett (No. 5) and LSU RB Leonard Fournette (No. 2). The SEC had more players in the top 10 than any other conference.
The No. 1 spot went to Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.
The top 10, released Friday, was part of ESPN’s #CFBRank series, during which ESPN’s 32 college football writers, editors and analysts ranked college football players on a scale of 1-10, and the scores were averaged together.
Fournette received an average rating of 9.97.
“The question is not whether Fournette belongs around the top of this list – he obviously does – it’s how he possibly tops his unbelievable sophomore season,” the ESPN staff wrote. “Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards (second all-time in the SEC) and led the nation with 162.8 rushing YPG. Can he claim a Heisman Trophy as an encore?”
Garrett had a 9.59 rating, the highest of any defensive player.
“Arguably the nation’s best pass-rusher, Garrett, who combines exceptional speed, athleticism and strength, has 24 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss in two years of work in College Station,” the ESPN staff said. “Garrett’s sack numbers are tied for the most in FBS the past two years, but his sack goal for 2016 is 20.”
Robinson scored an 8.97 and was the highest ranked offensive lineman in the country.
The SEC had 32 players in the top 100. Alabama had the most of any SEC team with eight. LSU was second with seven players, followed by Tennessee, which had five.
Here’s the full top 10:
10. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
9. Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan
8. Desmond King, CB, Iowa
7. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
6. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
5. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
4. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
2. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson