FOX Sports ranks 6 SEC players among 20 best so far
Six players from the SEC have been considered among the best in college football through the first five weeks of the 2016 college football season.
Myles Garrett, Arden Key, Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Derek Barnett, and Isaiah McKenzie make up more than a fourth of Fox Sports senior writer Dieter Kurtenbach’s top 20 players early on in the year. Altogether, the list already looks significantly different than his preseason top 100.
Here are the complete rankings with analysis for SEC players:
20. Chad Hansen, WR, Cal
19. Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia
The human joystick has been a lifesaver for the Bulldogs this year — the 5-foot-8 junior from South Florida has 24 catches for 344 yards and four touchdowns so far in 2016.
18. Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
17. Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
16. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Four sacks, a gaudy 8.5 tackles for loss and the ability to take over a game whenever he wants get Barnett on the list.
15. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
14. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
13. Jake Browning, QB, Washington
12. Ejuan Price, DL, Pittsburgh
11. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Missile has been the second-best player in Alabama’s exceptional front seven this season, showing a newfound polish to go with his boundless athleticism.
10. Greg Ward, Jr., QB, Houston
9. Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State
8. Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
Allen has four tackles for loss, four sacks, four hurries, and two pass breakups on limited snaps this year. Per play, he might be the best defensive lineman in the nation.
7. Arden Key, DE, LSU
We told you he was poised for a breakout. Key has been a revelation this season, forcing three fumbles and collecting seven sacks in five games this year.
6. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
5. Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
4. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
3. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The preseason No. 1 in the CFB 100, Garrett has three sacks and five tackles for loss in four games, but his effect on games has been astounding. No one can block him when he’s healthy, and that has helped turn Texas A&M’s defense into one of the best in the nation.
2. Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan
1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville