Tuesday, June 7, 2011
A look back at the 2010 ESPNU 150
By Edward Aschoff and Chris Low
Wednesday marks the unveiling of the 2011 ESPNU 150 that names the nation’s top 150 recruits. Some would consider it a holiday of sorts.
To get everyone hyped up for tomorrow’s release, we took a look back at the 2010 list to see how some of those players fared in their first semesters on campus.
Biggest impact players:
No. 5: Mike Dyer, RB, Auburn -- He holds the Auburn freshman rushing record with 1,093 yards and was named the Offensive MVP of BCS National Championship Game. In conference games only, he led the league with 5.9 yards per carry
No. 16: DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama -- Milliner was immediately thrown into the fire by Alabama’s coaching staff, starting 11 games as a true freshman and was named both a Freshman All-American and a Freshman All-SEC selection. He was fourth on the team with 55 tackles and had one interception in 2010.
No. 19: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina -- Lattimore was the unanimous pick for National Freshman of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year. He was a first-team All-SEC choice by both the league's coaches and the Associated Press after rushing for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns on 249 carries.
No. 99: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama -- Mosley made just three starts as a freshman, but was third on the team with 67 tackles, had two interceptions and finished the year with 10 pass breakups. He was a first-team Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC member.
Jury’s still out:
No. 1: Ronald Powel, DE, Florida -- The country’s top player struggled with adjusting to college life and the college game. Attitude issues worsened the situation. However, a new coaching staff brought out a new attitude in Powell, who will start as the Gators’ hybrid linebacker/defensive end called the Buck this fall.
No. 3: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida -- Easley was supposed to be a pain for opposing offensive linemen but was instead a pain for his coaches. Discipline problems plagued him for most of last fall. He regrouped this spring and is competing for a starting job at tackle.
No. 30: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee -- He was very raw, but showed flashes. This spring he was one of the Vols’ most consistent playmakers.
No. 81: Eric Reid, S, LSU -- Reid will be relied on heavily this season and started three of the 12 games he played in last year, recording 25 tackles and one interception.
Redshirted last season:
No. 32: Phillip Sims, QB, Alabama -- He exited the spring neck-and-neck with sophomore AJ McCarron for the starting spot in the Tide’s quarterback race.
No. 39: Trovon Reed, WR, Auburn -- Had it not been for knee problems, Reed would have been a big part of the Tigers’ offense last season. He should be one of the top newcomer in the SEC this fall.
No. 85: A.J. Cann, OL, South Carolina -- Cann made major strides this spring. He did so well that he’ll enter fall camp as the starter at left guard.
No. 97: Ken Malcome, RB, Georgia -- He was dropped to fourth on the depth chart, but is still someone who can get the tough yards.
No. 136: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU -- The Tigers plan to play him both inside and outside after making a big splash this spring.
One and done:
No. 10: Jonathan Dowling, S, Florida
No. 47: Antonio Goodwin, WR, Auburn
No. 93: Cam Feldt, OT, Arkansas
No. 98: Shaun Kitchens, WR, Auburn