Two SEC players included among 'most versatile' CFB players
Every year, there are a handful of college football players to break out at multiple positions or have an impact in more than one facet of the game. Typically, we call these athletes the nation’s most versatile.
Last week, NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread compiled his own list of college football’s most versatile players in part of his “16 for 16” series.
“Every college football team has its own version of a Swiss Army knife, but the players in this group stand out to us with unique skills — some of them play on offense and defense — that will help them make a big impact this fall,” wrote Goodbread.
The SEC surely has many game-breakers, but two “swiss army knives” in particular stand out: Ole Miss’ Jeremy Liggins and Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk — both of whom appear on this list.
Below we’ve provided the entire collection with Goodbread’s analysis for both SEC representatives:
16. Janarion Grant
15. Torii Hunter, Jr., Notre Dame
14. Jeremy Liggins, Ole Miss
“The trail of positions Liggins has left behind at the college level — including his years at Northeast Mississippi Community College — includes defensive end, tight end, offensive tackle and quarterback,” wrote Goodbread. “The Rebels have used him primarily at tight end and as a short-yardage quarterback, but with both of Ole Miss’ starting offensive tackles from last year exiting the program via the NFL draft, it looks like he’ll finally settle at offensive tackle himself this fall. But with a 300-pounder who has played so many spots, never say never.”
13. Derwin James, Florida State
12. Desmond King, Iowa
11. Ishmael Adams, UCLA
10. KaVontae Turpin, TCU
9. John Ross III, Washington
8. Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
7. Charles Nelson, Oregon
6. William Likely, Maryland
5. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
“The Aggies’ explosive wide receiver took the SEC by storm last year, vaulting himself to the top of one of the nation’s deepest and most talented receiving corps,” said Goodbread. “Along with breaking the 1,000-yard mark as a receiver, Kirk took 11 carries out of the backfield and, as a punt returner, averaged a whopping 24.4 yards with two touchdowns. Also the team’s leading kickoff returner, Kirk’s ability in the open field demands as many touches as TAMU coach Kevin Sumlin can get him.”
4. Greg Ward, Jr., Houston
3. Adoree’ Jackson, USC
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
1. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan