Kirk Herbstreit is perhaps college football’s most popular analyst. So when the former Ohio State quarterback talks, most people listen.
On Wednesday, the ESPN College GameDay personality released his annual “Herbie Awards,” which highlight college football’s best player in certain areas of the game.
Here’s a look at the SEC players recognized on the rather lengthy list of preseason superlatives:
Herbie Award Winners
“The Enforcer”: Jamal Adams, LSU
“Pass Rush Specialist”: Tim Williams, Alabama
“Throwback Player”: Leonard Fournette, LSU
“Top Coverman”: Jalen Tabor, Florida
“Most Exciting Player”: Tim Williams, Alabama
Herbie Award Nominees
“The Enforcer”: Marcus Maye, Florida; Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee
“Top 4,000/1,000 Threat”: Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
“Pass Rush Specialist”: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
“Throwback Player”: Nick Chubb, Georgia
“Ultimate Game Changer”: Leonard Fournette, LSU
“Unsung Hero”: Ryan Anderson, Alabama; John David Moore, LSU
“Most Exciting Player”: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
“Looks the Part”: Leonard Fournette, LSU
Herbstreit also named his four playoff teams:
Alabama Crimson Tide
Ohio State Buckeyes
TCU Horned Frogs
And also named new LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as the top impact hire.