Sports Illustrated finalized its list of the Top 100 players for the 2017 season on Friday, and there’s at least one controversial ordering of SEC players.
New Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is ranked one spot higher (74) than Alabama signal caller Jalen Hurts (75), who led the Crimson Tide to a national title appearance as a true freshman. Stidham hasn’t played since he was with Baylor in 2015.
Stidham mostly saw mop-up duty that season before replacing an injured Bryce Petty for the final three games. He threw 12 touchdowns and two interceptions as a freshman that season while completing 68.8 percent of his passes.
At No. 6, Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is the highest-rated SEC player. Fitzpatrick is one of nine Alabama players to be named, including five on the Crimson Tide defense.
After Alabama, Auburn has the second-most players represented with four. Running back Kamryn Pettway leads the way for the Tigers at No. 48.
Just two SEC players made the Top 10 — Fitzpatrick and LSU pass rusher Arden Key (7). LSU was also represented by running back Derrius Guice at No. 13.
Nine SEC teams had at least one player picked: Alabama (9), Auburn (4), Georgia (2), Florida (2), LSU (2), Texas A&M (2), Arkansas (1), Mississippi State (1) and Vanderbilt (1).
Here’s a list of every SEC player chosen:
|97||Mississippi State||Nick Fitzgerald||QB|
|61||Texas A&M||Armani Watts||DB|
|55||Alabama||Shaun Dion Hamilton||LB|
|13||Texas A&M||Christian Kirk||WR|