The season can’t start soon enough. Yet another set of pre-season player rankings has been released to give us something to talk about until the games kickoff later this month (It’s okay – we do it too).
This time it’s Athlon, who enlisted the help of 23 experts to rank the top 15 players in the conference, regardless of position. Each panelist submitted a list, and the players were given points based on their individual rankings. In all, 40 players received votes.
Four Auburn Tigers made the cut, led by quarterback Nick Marshall at number six overall. The senior was one of only four players to receive a first place vote. Marshall finished eleven spots ahead of Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott – the second ranked quarterback on the list. Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace came in at number 32.
Center Reese Dismukes snuck into the top 15, landing 14th overall. The senior is the only center to make the roster, and he was the fourth highest rated offensive lineman behind Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, LSU’s La’el Collins, and South Carolina guard AJ Can.
Sammie Coates earned a tie for 23rd overall, and ranked third among wide receivers. Alabama’s Amari Cooper and Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell were the only two players at the position to place higher.
Finally, defensive lineman Gabe Wright was ranked 33rd on the list. The senior was the seventh highest rated defensive lineman.
As a team, the four Auburn players gave the Tigers a tie for third place by team. Nine Alabama players found a spot among the top 40, five Ole Miss players were represented, and four members of the Mississippi State Bulldogs were also ranked (though none were among the top 15).
Georgia’s Todd Gurley was the runaway number one overall player. The junior running back received 19 of the 23 first place votes.