Six SEC players named to ESPN midseason All-America team
Leonard Fournette, Robert Nkemdiche, Myles Garrett, Reggie Ragland, Ethan Pocic and Vernon Hargreaves have had tremendous seasons so far. ESPN has noticed.
Fournette, Nkemdiche, Garrett, Ragland, Hargreaves and Pocic were named to ESPN’s midseason All-America team, which was released Monday.
Fournette, LSU’s standout running back, has rushed for 1,202 yards in six games this year, which is more than all but 43 of the 128 FBS teams’ rushing totals this season. He is the first player to run for more than 150 yards and score a touchdown in six straight games since UCF’s Kevin Smith in 2007.
According to ESPN, “An NFL scout said Fournette could start for ‘all but six or seven NFL teams.'”
Nkemdiche, a defensive tackle, has 17 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks for Ole Miss this year. He has also scored two touchdowns on offense.
How much of a difference does Nkemdiche make for the Rebels? According to ESPN, “Memphis game changed when No. 5 went out with a concussion.”
Garrett, a defensive end, has 30 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks for Texas A&M.
“So big, so fast. Gave young Alabama star left tackle Cam Robinson all he could handle,” was ESPN’s comment about the sophomore end.
Ragland, a linebacker, has 59 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks for Alabama.
“Don’t watch the ball, watch him. You’ll find out where the ball is soon enough,” ESPN said about the senior linebacker.
Pocic, a center, has been one of the leaders on LSU’s offensive line. His team has nicknamed him Mensa, due to his high intelligence.
Hargreaves, a cornerback, has three interceptions and 15 tackles for Florida this year. ESPN commented, “He must get bored. No one ever throws on his side of the field.”
The other offensive players on ESPN’s midseason All-America team are: TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman, Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller, Baylor tackle Spencer Drango, Ohio State tackle Taylor Decker, Stanford guard Josh Garnett and Indiana guard Dan Feeney.
The other defenders on the midseason All-America team are: Clemson defensive lineman Shaq Lawson, Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert, Stanford linebacker Blake Martinez, Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis, Duke safety Jeremy Cash and Ohio State safety Vonn Bell. Duke’s Ross Martin is the kicker, while San Jose State’s Michael Carrizosa is the punter. Christian McCaffrey of Stanford is the all-purpose player.