ESPN.com has taken on the monumental task of ranking the top 100 players in college football going into the 2014 season. The rankings were done based on the expected contributions of each player for the 2014 season, regardless of position.
Monday, the first 20 players were released. Today, the unveiling continued with Nos. 80-61.
Here are the Big 12 players who made the second installment:
No. 68: Texas CB Quandre Diggs
No. 72: Texas DE Cedric Reed
I can’t argue with either Longhorn cracking the top 100.
I’m not sure Diggs was more deserving than Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller, who narrowly missed out on the top 100. But Diggs is a three-year, 36-game starter and probably the best returning cornerback in the Big 12.
Reed definitely was deserving. He finished third in the Big 12 last year in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss. Together with defensive tackle Malcom Brown, who also appeared in the top 100 at No. 90, the Longhorns have one of the best one-two defensive line punches in college football.
Remember to keep in mind this national list, which was compiled by the entire ESPN.com college football team, won’t necessarily line up with our top 25 ranking of Big 12 players, which was put together by Brandon Chatmon, Max Olson and myself.
Make sure to track the top 100 rankings all week long, as there will be Big 12 players in all five parts.
Coming Wednesday: Nos. 60-41.