Wednesday, June 19, 2013
College football's Top 25 players?
By Kevin Gemmell
More lists. More fun. More fodder. More debate.
Sporting News has released its list of the top 25 players in college football -- and the Pac-12 is well-represented.
The SEC boasts nine of the top 25, with the Pac-12 right behind with seven of the 25.
Their methodology is based on college performance and pro potential -- not just potential draft stock.
Here are the Pac-12 players along with their rankings.
No. 2: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
No. 6: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
No. 8: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
No. 14: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
No. 20: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
No. 22: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
No. 23: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Later this summer the Pac-12 blog will release its annual preseason Top 25 of the players in the conference. It's safe to assume all seven of these players will be on that list. But there are a few absent from their list that -- I would hope -- received a lot of consideration. Among them, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (there are no tight ends on their list, but he's tops at his position), Stanford guard David Yankey (no guards on their list, but he's tops at his position) and Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
Top 25 lists are hard to make -- and everyone has their own units of measurement. There never will be a perfect list -- except for the one in our minds. With that said, the Sporting News list has two cornerbacks listed -- and neither of them are Ekpre-Olomu. Watch Rod Gilmore's take and you'll see he rates the Oregon cornerback above No. 19 Florida's Loucheiz Purifoy (who doesn't even make Gilmore's top five list of cornerbacks) and No. 25 Ohio State's Bradley Roby -- who Gilmore ranks second among the cornerbacks.
I can buy not including ASJ and Yankey -- since they didn't include either position on the list. And yes, left tackle is obviously the premier position on the offensive line. But they missed on Ekpre-Olomu. And as many have pointed out, he splits the field with Terrance Mitchell -- which was part of the reason Ekpre-Olomu had such huge numbers last season. If you missed this in April, here's Ekpre-Olomu's take on the Oregon secondary.
As for the actual rankings -- more minor gripes about the Oregon players. Don't see how you don't have Mariota in the top 10 and Thomas in at least the top 15. I even think Lee might be a little too high. As they state in their methodology, it isn't just about the pro potential. If it were, then I think Lee could be No. 1. But until we know how the USC offense is going to play out with a new quarterback, I think No. 2 is a tad generous. But he clearly belongs in the top five. Barr and Sutton could be flip-flopped -- based on personal preference -- and I don't have an issue either way. Carey feels about right -- though I think Hundley probably deserves to be in the top 20.