SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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61. Jonathon Mincy, Sr., CB, Auburn
The second consecutive pass-defending Tiger in our Top 100 is a three-year starter at cornerback entering his final campaign and is considered an all-SEC candidate by several publications. Mincy has already graduated from Auburn with a degree in public administration and is one of the Tigers’ most veteran players after redshirting during the 2010 BCS Championship run.
Mincy will move the boundary corner this fall, a spot vacated by Chris Davis. Mincy’s 14 pass-breakups as a junior was one behind his teammate’s total. Mincy was one of eight SEC players named to the initial Lott IMPACT Trophy watchlist in May. The IMPACT award goes to the top defensive player who also exhibits character off the field.
Mincy’s in for a special season as ‘the man’ in Auburn’s secondary on a defense which should be improved after allowing the SEC’s third-most yards per game at 420.7 in 2013 under Ellis Johnson. Inside the final minute of the BCS Championship Game, Mincy went chest to chest with Florida State’s top receiver Kelvin Benjamin on a crucial 3rd-and-8, but the Seminoles received an automatic first down on the play after Davis interfered with Rashad Greene on a slant in the middle of the end zone.
Benjamin’s game-winning touchdown grab over an out-stretched Davis on the ensuing play won the game. Mincy assumes the position as Auburn’s top cover corner this season and I’m sure he’s relishing that opportunity.
2013 statistics: 56 tackles, 14 PBU
2014 projection: 63 tackles, 15 PBU, 2 INTs
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