New-look Big Board
Three new names jump into the picture, but there's a familiar one at the top of the rankings
My first Big Board of the college football season came out last week, and very few players on the board got off to disappointing starts. Andrew Luck was efficient, Quinton Coples continued to pile up sacks, Matt Barkley was accurate, and Alshon Jeffery was his usual self. But there were a few question marks. Trent Richardson, the top running back in the class right now, didn't do much against Kent State, and Jerel Worthy looked a little sluggish.
There are a trio of new names here, and thus some players have dropped. Watch for more moves in the coming weeks. As always, juniors and draft-eligible sophmores are noted with an asterisk.
You know by now, Luck is the total package. Arm strength, size, smarts, demeanor -- it's all there. Can he keep the accuracy rate up? He completed 70.7 percent of his 2010 throws.
Continues the recent run of defensive talent in Chapel Hill. Coples is next in line, a gifted pass-rusher suited to be a pure 4-3 defensive end at the next level.
After a tough freshman year, Barkley has shown maturity and a high level of aptitude. Completed 62.6 percent of his passes as a sophomore and is piling up pro-style offense reps.
Kalil has the size, athleticism, footwork and bloodlines. He projects as a blindside tackle and is just another NFL-ready offensive lineman at Southern California.
An imposing presence at wideout, Jeffery has been unstoppable. Phenomenal hands, surprising burst for a long-strider, great work ethic. Tough matchup for corners at any level.
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