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    We finally made it. The 2021 college football season begins this week. and, unlike last year, all conferences are starting this fall.

    With that, it’s time to break down the top 100 players worth watching. Over the course of a few weeks, we had our college football experts vote on which players would be the best this season.

    Reading: Best college football players 2021

    is oklahoma spencer rattler ready to be the best player? should clemson’s d.j. uiagalei be in a higher position?

    This is the full ranking that was done once all the votes were received. now, we look forward to seeing what these 100 players bring to the field once the games start.

    methodology: a team of over 20 voters was presented with a series of one-on-one ballots. For example, “Who will be better in 2021: Sam Howell or Kedon Slovis?” More than 13,000 votes later, these were the results.

    jump to: 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100

    qb, oklahoma sophomore last year rank: nr

    Rattler seemed shaky early last season, turning over six in a span of 10 quarters against Kansas State, Iowa State and Texas, and was briefly benched against the Longhorns. But he recovered to throw for 3,031 yards with 28 tds for seven interceptions — with just three of them in his last seven games — and completed 47 passes of 20 or more yards last season, which ranked ninth nationally. now experienced and surrounded by offensive talent, he looks to defend the heisman trophy like every quarterback before him.

    College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    CB, LSU Junior Last year’s ranking: 2

    Stingley has been on campus for just two seasons and has already been an all-american and all-sec selection twice. in 22 games, he recorded 65 tackles, defended 21 passes and had six interceptions. What’s more, he is a threat in the return game and has the ability to pull double duty at receiver if needed.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    DE, Oregon Junior Last year’s ranking: 6

    the potential doesn’t. Thibodeaux, the first overall pick in the 2022 nfl draft, has shown over the past two seasons why he came to eugene as the top-ranked player in the class of 2019. he’s as dynamic a pass-rusher as there is in college football , and the stage is set for a great 2021.

    College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    OT, Alabama Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    Linemen who are 6-foot-7 and 350 pounds aren’t supposed to be as agile as Neal, who recently completed this wild box jump. The Florida junior was an All-American freshman at left guard, then switched to right tackle last year where he allowed just 1.5 sacks. With star left tackle Alex Leatherwood heading to the NFL, Neal is expected to become the anchor of Alabama’s offensive line.

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    QB, North Carolina Junior Last year’s ranking: 22

    In his first two seasons at UNC, Howell became arguably the best QB in the country, with 76 TDs and more than 7,400 yards. more importantly, he has rejuvenated the tar heels’ program, bringing a sense of hubris to a team that had won only four games in two years before his arrival. Now, Howell commands one of the most prolific offenses in the country and has UNC fans eyeing the playoffs.

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    WR, Ohio State Senior Last year’s ranking: 27

    olave ​​had 50 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns in a shortened season last year, up from 849 yards the season before. He is a feature of the Ohio State offense and will be a great asset to the Buckeyes’ new quarterback in 2021. With another breakout season, Olave should cement himself as one of the top prospects in the NFL draft.

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    S, Notre Dame Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    After earning several All-America honors in 2020, Hamilton enters his third (and likely last) season at Notre Dame as one of the best defensive backs in the country. Though his interceptions total dropped from four to one last year, he’s always around the ball and nearly doubled his solo tackle total since 2019.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    WR, Oklahoma Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

    Among 2021 returnees, no one averaged more yards per route than mims. he averaged fewer than 25 snaps per game, but still caught 37 passes for 610 yards and nine touchdowns. he is also an excellent punt returner. he just imagines what he can do with a full list of snapshots.

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    RB, Iowa State Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    hall is a consistent producer for iowa state, leading the nation in rushing (279), rushing yards (1,572) and yards after contact last season (820). He was the first FBS player to rush for at least 75 yards and a touchdown in every game of the season since Ladainian Tomlinson in 2000 and became the first unanimous Cyclones American in school history. Opponents know what’s in store: Hall has rushed for more than 100 yards against all 12 big schools in his career.

    10. will anderson jr.

    lb, alabama sophomore last year rank: nr

    One of the most dangerous pass-rushers in college football, Anderson started at outside linebacker as a freshman last season and earned full sophomore honors after posting seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. And remember, he did all of that without a spring practice. With a year and a half under his belt, Anderson says he’s now comfortable and taking the next step to being the best version of himself, which should terrify second quarterbacks.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    DT, Clemson Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

    There’s a reason Clemson returns with one of the best defensive lines in the country, and it starts with Bresee, a 2020 freshman All-American who is poised for an even better year for the Tigers. Bresee started 10 games last year, with 33 tackles (6.5 for loss), four sacks, two interrupted passes, one forced fumble and one safety.

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    QB, USC Junior Last year’s ranking: 26

    After completing 70% of his passes for 5,423 yards the past two seasons, Slovis enters his junior season with the expectation of being among the national leaders in all passing statistics. He has been at his best in the fourth quarter, when he has 14 of 42 career touchdown passes from him with just one interception.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    RB, Texas A&M Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    The junior from Texas quietly emerged as one of the best running backs in the country last season, finishing third in the second with 103.60 yards per game. he had 1,036 total rushing yards on 188 carries, and added another 193 yards on 20 receptions. Along with speedy Devon Achane, the Aggies could boast the best one-two punch as running backs in the conference.

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    DE, Texas A&M Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    At 6-4 and 290 pounds, there may not be a more dynamic defensive lineman in the second half than Leal, who led Texas A&M with eight runs as a sophomore last season. Aggies defensive coordinator Mike Elko called him a “unique talent” and someone who “can be a guy who doesn’t fit in, either inside or outside.”

    College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    QB, Liberty Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    The former Auburn quarterback has blossomed in freedom under coach Hugh Freeze, emerging as arguably the top dual-threat QB in the nation. Willis led FBS quarterbacks with 944 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns last season, while shooting 20 touchdown passes and finishing 17th nationally in passing efficiency. willis is very present in the nfl draft.

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    OG, Texas A&M Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    Offensive linemen are often overlooked, and green is no different. A former sophomore, he was part of one of the best lines in the country last season and was named an all-american. Heading into his junior season, the 6-4, 325-pound Texas native should be a household name.

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    QB, Ole Miss Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    Meet perhaps the most entertaining player in college football. No quarterback is more willing to throw it deep in a game than Corral, who finished fifth in the FBS in passing yards per game (333.7) and seventh in passing TDs last season. In addition, he led the second with eight completions of 40 yards or more. If he can cut down on his interceptions (he threw six against Arkansas and five against LSU), he could find himself in the heisman race.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    WR, Ohio State Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    wilson enters the 2021 season as one half of the best receiving duo in the country against chris olave. He caught 43 passes for 723 yards and six touchdowns last season, and he’s expected to make another leap in 2021, even with the Buckeyes having a quarterback with no college experience.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    QB, Cincinnati Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

    He is 30-5 as Cincinnati’s QB1 and should see his record improve as the Bearcats enter the season as a top 10 team. Ridder is the current AAC Offensive Player of the Year and has 6,905 passing yards and 57 career touchdowns from him, while topping 580 rushing yards in three straight seasons.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

    QB, Alabama Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

    There were times last season when Young showed some rare ability, whether it was a fastball to a receiver or struggling through pressure. But a limited schedule kept the true freshman from seeing the kind of playing time coaches had envisioned for him coming out of Mater Dei High School in California as a five-star prospect. now, he will be thrown into the fire as the presumed starter for a team with championship expectations.

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    WR, Alabama Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    the moment star receiver jaylen waddle went down, metchie became a reliable target and a major threat. he averaged 16.7 receiving yards, totaling 916 yards and six touchdowns on 55 receptions. With the departure of Waddle Trophy and Heisman winner Devonta Smith, Metchie will become an even bigger focus of the passing game.

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    LB, Alabama Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

    The Louisiana native was thrown into the starting lineup early as a freshman and experienced some ups and downs. But last season Harris showed what he was capable of, ranking second on the team with 79 tackles, seven of which were for loss. he also had 4.5 sacks, six qb presses, two pass breakups and one interception.

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      QB, Georgia Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      what if daniels took a little longer than expected to make his presence felt in georgia? he needed time to get back on his feet after transferring from usc. But once he did, he showed why he could make the Bulldogs a championship threat, capping all four of his starts with passes of 401 and 392 yards in wins against Mississippi State and Cincinnati.

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      DE, Clemson Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      Murphy made his presence known as a true freshman a year ago, earning All-America freshman honors with 51 tackles (including a team-high 12 for loss) and four sacks. He also became the first Clemson freshman under coach Dabo Swinney to record three forced fumbles in one season.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      CB, Cincinnati Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      A centerpiece of Cincinnati’s distinctive defense, the man nicknamed “Salsa” earned multiple first- and second-team All-American selections in 2020. Gardner intercepted three passes in each of his first two seasons with the Bearcats and has with 20 deflections in 23 career games.

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      RB, Auburn Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      There may not have been a more impressive rookie running back in the country than Bigsby, who burst onto the scene with 122.4 general-purpose yards per game last season, winning the second-place Freshman of the Year award. The Georgia native is expected to be the focus of the Tigers’ offense once again now that last season’s top three receivers (Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz and Eli Stove) are gone.

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      QB, Clemson Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      The level of expectation is always high for Clemson quarterbacks, and it’s no different for Uiagalelei, who steps in to replace Heisman Trophy finalist Trevor Lawrence. As a true freshman in 2020, Uiagalelei started two games while Lawrence was away. In 235 snaps in 10 games, Uiagalelei completed 78 of 117 for 914 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

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      QB, Iowa State Senior Last year’s ranking: 42

      purdy’s legacy at iowa state is secure: he holds 25 school records, including being the winningest quarterback in school history. After being named the MVP of the Cyclones’ Fiesta Bowl victory over Oregon, Purdy is back with unfinished business. He completed 68% of his passes and threw for 322 yards against Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game last year, but his three interceptions were too many to overcome in a 27-21 loss. With 19 returning starters, Purdy has one more chance to get the state of Iowa over that hurdle and take the cyclones to even greater heights.

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      DL, Ohio State Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      garrett is using his additional year of eligibility provided by the ncaa due to covid-19. He has the most playing experience of any Ohio State defensive player with 41 games, and despite being shot in the face before the season in 2020, Garrett played in all eight games during the season. As a possible All-American at defensive tackle, Garrett will be one of the main pieces of the defensive line in 2021.

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      QB, Coastal Carolina Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      The leader of the most amazing team in college football in 2020 is back on the teal turf of Conway, South Carolina. McCall was brilliant last fall, recording 2,488 passing yards with 26 touchdowns and just three interceptions, and completing nearly 69% of his passes. he projects himself again as a candidate for national awards.

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      OL, Iowa Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      As a junior this season, Linderbaum is one of the best centers in the country. he was a finalist for the rimington trophy last season, which is awarded to the best center in college football. He is the anchor of Iowa’s offensive line and gives the offense a lot of stability and consistency up front.

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      QB, UCF Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      The 2020 fbs passing average leader (357 yards per game) already has a spot alongside daunte culpepper, blake bortles and the great ucf quarterbacks. he has 11 300-yard passes in two years, boasts a 61-11 career touchdown-to-interception ratio, and holds team records for yards per completion (14.9) and yards per attempt (8.91).

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      WR, LSU Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      lsu has produced its share of explosive receivers in recent years, and boutte is next in line after emerging as the tigers’ go-to receiver last season when terrace marshall retired in november. The 6-foot, 190-pound boutte was a first-year American selection, finishing with five touchdown receptions and averaging 16.3 yards per catch.

      35. eli ricks

      cb, lsu sophomore last year rank: nr

      The thing missing in a difficult season for LSU in 2020 was the emergence of Ricks, a talented tight cornerback the Tigers could pair with American Derek Stingley Jr. Ricks, a 6-2 former four-star prospect, played in all 10 games and led the team with four interceptions.

      College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      QB, Miami Senior Last year’s ranking: 45

      After opting out of the 2019 season in Houston, King transferred to Miami and instantly transformed the Hurricanes offense. King threw for 23 TDs with just five interceptions and amassed more than 3,200 yards of offense. However, the season ended on a low note, as King injured his knee in the Miami bowl game and required off-season surgery. rehab barely stopped him. King returned to running 7 on 7 this summer and said he is 100% healthy as he begins his final season with an eye on a championship acc.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      OLB/DE, Oklahoma Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Among players with at least 15 pass rush attempts per game, only Bonitto (22.2%) and Michigan’s Kwity Paye (21.1%) had a pressure rating greater than 20%. He recorded eight sacks and forced 21 incomplete passes, and is the key to Alex Grinch’s defensive assault.

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      DB, Alabama Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      jobe was the “other” cornerback in alabama last season alongside patrick surtain ii, who was the ninth overall pick in the nfl draft. But Jobe, entering his senior season, is plenty talented in his own right and gives the Tide another corner with lockdown coverage skills. jobe was the second to overcome a year ago with 11 past breaks.

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      WR, Clemson Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      After missing last season with a congenital spinal fusion, Ross was medically cleared to play for the Tigers. Clemson hopes his return means more explosive plays on the field. In 2019, Ross had 865 yards and eight touchdowns, and he received 1,000 yards as a true freshman in 2018.

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      CB, Florida Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      there were some problems last season on the part of the florida defense, but elam was incredible. the 6-2, 190-pound junior is versatile in different coverages and has excellent instincts. He has made 17 career starts for him and intercepted two passes last season after intercepting three passes as a freshman, becoming the fifth Cayman since 2010 to intercept three passes in his first season.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      DB, Georgia Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      The Bulldogs needed to replenish their secondary and they did exactly that with Smith, who transferred from West Virginia after earning an All-America mention last season. The 5-10, 198-pound junior has 17 career starts from him and should fit perfectly into Georgia’s hybrid role of linebacker/slot cornerback/depth. He was second on the West Virginia team with eight tackles for loss a year ago.

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      TE, Texas A&M Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      A powerful run blocker, Wydermyer is equally effective as a receiver and has the physicality and hands to come up and make tough, contested catches. and with his 6-5, 255-pound frame, he’s never easy to take down. Wydermyer heads into his junior season having caught six touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons.

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      DB, Alabama Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      Moore, one of the best freshmen in the country, started 11 games last season at the hybrid “star” position for Alabama and led the team with four forced turnovers. An injury kept him out of the college football playoffs and spring practices, but he combines with Josh Jobe to give the Crimson Tide two of the best defensive backs in college football.

      44. deuce vaughn

      rb, state of kansas sophomore last year rank: nr

      Vaughn may be small at 5-6, but he put up big numbers in a freshman season that saw him become one of the country’s biggest surprises. Vaughn led K-State in rushing (642) and receiving (434) and was selected by the coaches as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. he was named all-conference second team, the first wildcat freshman so honored on either the first or second team since the big 12 were formed in 1996.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      QB, Indiana Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      penix is ​​entering the 2021 season recovering from a torn ACL, and Indiana coach Tom Allen says his recovery has been scheduled. Before the injury, he threw for 1,645 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in six games. If the Hoosiers are going to repeat their 2020 success, they’ll need Penix to be the player he was before the injury, and then some.

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      RB, Notre Dame Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      williams established himself as a reliable and productive ball carrier in 2020, finishing with 1,125 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns despite eclipsing 20 carries in just three games. Williams, a second team pick for all accessories, and his teammate Chris Tyree will have key roles helping a new quarterback (likely Jack Coan transferred to Wisconsin) this fall.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      TE, Notre Dame Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      notre dame has established itself as a national hub for elite tight ends, and mayer is certainly next in line. the 6-4, 251-pound true sophomore tied for the team lead with 42 receptions last season, including 19 in the last three games. For a team that lacks star receivers, Mayer will play a prominent role.

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      LB, Alabama Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      after leading tennessee last season with 10 tackles for loss, to’o to’o joins a corps of alabama linebackers that was already one of the best units in the country. To’o To’o’s productivity and leadership this offseason have caught the eye of Nick Saban, meaning the 6-2, 228-pound junior could easily be one of the most impactful transfers in the country.

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      OL, Ohio State Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      munford is another buckeye taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility, returning in 2021. he has played most of his career at left tackle, but could end up moving in at left guard for ohio state this season, as coaches are looking to get all of their best offensive linemen on the field at the same time. He has played in 45 of the last 50 games over the past four seasons for Ohio State, which is the most of any Big Ten offensive lineman. That experience will help him if he doesn’t transition to a new position, but either way, he should be one of the best linemen in the country.

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      WR, USC Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      In a deep and talented receiving corps, London still came in and made an immediate impact in his first two seasons. With some of those players in the NFL, the Trojans will be even more reliant on London, who is the kind of talent that could play in the first round of the NFL draft.

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      OT, Mississippi State Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      It’s no wonder the bulldogs had to hold off shows like auburn, florida state and lsu to stay crossed at magnolia state. last season, he played 720 snaps at left tackle, 630 more snaps than any other second-year offensive lineman. He was blocking passes on almost every play in Mike Leach’s pass-happy offense, allowing five sacks and 13 pressures, according to ESPN Stats & information.

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      DL, Michigan Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      hutchinson’s season ended after three games last season due to a leg injury. the year before, in 2019, the 6-6 defensive end had 68 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. With Hutchinson fully healthy, he will see a different role this season with new defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald running a multi-pronged scheme. Hutchinson will play a hybrid defensive end-linebacker position that will allow him to showcase his versatility.

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      WR, Indiana Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      fryfogle led the hoosiers with 721 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season, and he did so with 37 catches. Now with fellow wide receiver Whop Philyor, who led the team in receptions, heading to the NFL, Fryfogle could see his stats rise even higher. the trainers brought transfer d.j. florida state matthews, but fryfogle has become a big target for penix.

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      RB, Minnesota Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      ibrahim is the current running back of the year after he rushed for 1,076 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2020, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. he also set a school record with 153.7 yards per game. With Rashod Bateman out, he is now the highlight of the offense as Minnesota tries to compete in the Big Ten West.

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      LB, USC Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Jackson has already declared this to be his “money year” and plans to enter the 2022 NFL Draft. It’s for good reason. In 17 career games, Jackson has 17 tackles for loss and will be among the best pass-rushers in the country.

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      DT, Clemson Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      After a breakout year in 2019, Davis battled injuries last season and only played in seven games, posting 17 tackles (five for a loss), two sacks and one pass breakup. Fully healthy now, watch Davis return to the form that made him one of the rising young defensive tackles in the nation.

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      DE, Clemson Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      thomas is aiming for this to be a big year after complications from covid-19 and strep throat limited him to seven games in 2020. he certainly has the ability. Thomas earned All-America freshman honors in 2018, with 43 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks and made an instant impact. Thomas lost 30 pounds this offseason, and Dabo Swinney sees a more focused player heading into the season.

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      LB, Florida Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      The only question mark with Cox is a foot injury that required surgery this summer, but coach Dan Mullen has expressed optimism that the Gators’ best pass-rusher will be ready for Game 1. The 6-4, 250-pound Cox had 18 quarterback runs and 9.5 tackles for loss in his only season with Florida after beginning his career in Georgia.

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      LB, South Carolina Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Another Georgia native who has flourished with the gamecocks, Enagbare had six sacks in eight games last season. At 6-4 and 270 pounds, he’s skilled enough to play linebacker in the NFL, or put his hand in the dirt and play defensive end. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks it as the no. 18 prospect for the 2022 nfl draft.

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      DL, Ohio State Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      ohio state has been a factory for nfl-caliber defensive linemen, and smith is another one going through the system. He played in all eight Ohio State games last season, the biggest coming against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl with two solo tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defensed. expect more of that in 2021 before it transitions to Sundays.

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      S, Northwestern Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      Whether or not northwestern is able to replicate its 2020 success is up for debate, but joseph’s talent as a safety is not. he is one of the best in the country, as evidenced by his 52 tackles, six interceptions and eight pass deflections last season, which earned him the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award. he will make the top ten offensive coordinators think twice before delving deeper this season.

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      TE, Alabama Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      The 6-4, 230-pound Billingsley played some of his best football down the stretch a year ago. he had 17 of his 18 receptions and 274 of his 287 receiving yards over the last seven games. saban challenged billingsley to be more committed this preseason. “He has a lot of skill…but he also has to accept the principles and values ​​of the team,” Saban said.

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      RB, Oklahoma Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      rhamondre stevenson, leading losing rusher, hurts, but brooks, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2019, returns after an opt-out in 2020. he’s just as explosive as stevenson, and if his pass-catching skills improve, he’ll be one of the best running backs in college football.

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      QB, Louisville Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Two years ago, Cunningham stepped into the starting quarterback role mid-season for Scott Satterfield’s offense and immediately proved he was among the biggest talents in the ACC, throwing for 22 TDs, rushing for six more and finishing with an eye-catching 11.5 yards per pass. The role of him was expanded in 2020 but the production of him became a bit less consistent. Turnovers plagued his 2020 campaign, with both Cunningham and Louisville taking a step back. still, he is one of the best deep passers in the nation and his skills make him a nightmare for opposing defenses. a bounce back to their 2019 numbers could be just the beginning.

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      DE, Alabama Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      What Saban called a “pretty significant groin injury” has sidelined Ray this preseason, and unfortunately for the 6-5, 285-pound redshirt senior, injuries have plagued his career. he played in seven games a year ago after missing most of 2019 with a foot injury. If Ray can stay healthy, it would be a huge boost for Alabama’s defensive line.

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      OT, Kentucky Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Kinnard, a 345-pound senior, is a fierce run-blocker for the physical wildcats’ offense, and he’s agile in pass protection — allowing just three sacks all season and committing no penalties for retention.

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      WR, Arkansas Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Burks, a 6-3, 225-pounder in the slot, is one of the most dependable (75% receiving rate) and explosive (16.1 yards per receiving) receivers in the country. he’ll also make a handoff from the backfield a couple of times a game. he is the muse of an offensive coordinator.

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      RB, South Carolina Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      New south carolina coach shane beamer’s recipe for success may well be finding more players like harris, who last season became the first gamecock to lead the second division in rushing with 1,138 yards in 10 games. ranked no. 93 prospect in georgia by espn recruit in 2019, south carolina was the only SEC team offered a scholarship.

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      RB/AP, Ole Miss Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      one of the best complete players in the nation, ealy scored touchdowns rushing, receiving and on a kickoff return last season. The 5-9, 190-pound junior will be one of the focal points of the Rebels’ offense this season with his ability to play big. lane kiffin will get creative to quickly get the ball in several different ways.

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      DL, Purdue Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      karlaftis was unable to play the full season in 2020 as he was dealing with injury and covid-19 at various times. As a freshman in 2019, Karlaftis was third on the team with 54 total tackles, and led the team with 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Purdue and Karlaftis hope to get that production back in 2021, as he has shown that he can be a dominant force on the defensive line.

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      DT, West Virginia Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      After a 2019 season in which he had seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, despite starting just three games, Stills was a disruptive force at tackle last year for a wvu defense that led the nation in the fewest yards allowed per game (159.6). pro football focus gave him the second-highest run-stopping rating in the country last year, saying his 15 losing-or-no-win tackles were four more than any other power 5 interior lineman in the country.

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      CB, TCU Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      hodges-tomlinson, 5’9, 177 pounds, nephew of tcu legend ladainian tomlinson, was a true corner shut as a sophomore in his first year as a starter. according to pro football focus, he had the highest coverage (90.6) in the country and disrupted more passes (14, also best in the nation) than he allowed all season (12, on 45 goals).

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      WR, Georgia Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      the bulldogs have their fingers crossed that pickens can return sooner rather than later due to a torn acl he suffered in march. the 6-3, 200-pounder, when he’s healthy, is one of the most dynamic wide receivers in college football. Coach Kirby Smart said in July that Pickens was making good progress, but “was still a long way off.”

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      CB, Indiana Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      mullen is one of the most important players in an indiana defense that threw tantrums at the big ten opponents in 2020. in eight games, he recorded 38 total tackles, 4.5 for loss, three interceptions, seven pass deflections and one fumble forced loose. The junior became the first Indiana cornerback to earn first-team All-America honors in 2020 and will be a key player in Indiana succeeding again in 2021.

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      LB, Utah Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      lloyd, a two-time all-pac-12 player, was a finalist for the 2020 butkus award, given to the best linebacker in the country. However, after an abbreviated season in Utah, he dropped out of the NFL to cap off his college career with something more memorable.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      S, Auburn Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Some of the best news this offseason for Auburn was that Monday, the 6-3, 199-pounder returned for his senior season. A tough tackler, Monday broke into the starting lineup for the first time a year ago and was fourth on the team with 73 total tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 100 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee.

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      DE, TCU Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Mathis has already played in 26 games for the Horned Frogs, including four in a redshirt season in 2018. But he broke out last year with nine sacks, tied for fifth nationally, and 46 tackles from his position. of a point runner. mathis is a good size at 6-5 and has added about 25 pounds since he came to tcu, putting him up to nearly 260 pounds without losing his burst. His 14 tackles for loss were good for third in the Big 12 last year.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      WR, SMU Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      smu got a big boost when roberson decided to return after injuries from the past two seasons cost him 13 games. he remained productive with 65 receptions for 1,277 yards and 11 touchdowns, and has 117 career receptions for 2,079 yards. national awards nominee provides proven target for smu’s next quarterback.

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      CB, North Carolina Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      A five-star recruit, Grimes was destined to be the crown jewel of Mack Brown’s signing class of 2021. But when his home state of Virginia canceled the fall high school football season due to covid-19, grimes reclassified, finished high school early and enrolled last august. He saw limited action through November, then blossomed into one of the top corners in the acc, allowing just eight completions on 22 targets without a touchdown. His big performance came in the Orange Bowl, when he finished with three tackles, one TFL, two breakups and didn’t allow a completion.

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      LB, Wisconsin Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      sanborn has been a defensive leader for the badgers and has become one of the best linebackers nationally. he led the team in total tackles last season with 52, and also had four tackles for loss and a sack in just seven games. sanborn is part of a strong group of linebackers and a defense looking to bounce back from an up-and-down season in 2020. he’s on the watch list for the bednarik award, which is given to the best defensive player in college football, and will have the opportunity to have one of his best seasons so far.

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      LB, Iowa State Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      In 12 games, Rose made 10 career stops at or behind the line of scrimmage. he created pressure on 25% of his blitzes. he dropped into coverage consistently and intercepted five passes. he is one of the best linebackers in the country no matter what they ask him to do.

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      WR, Boston College Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      flowers significantly improved his freshman season at bc as a sophomore in 2020. last year, he finished with 892 receiving yards, second-most in the acc, on 56 receptions, nine of which were touchdowns . For his efforts, he was included in the first team of all acc. he will be an integral part of the eagles offense this season.

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      de, iowa state junior last year ranking: nr

      The 245-pound fighter from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, posted 15.5 sacks in his last 16 games and gives defensive coordinator Jon Heacock the ultimate weapon for his speedy, confusing 3-3-5 attack.

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      LB, Texas Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      The 6-4, 223-pounder went from defensive back to linebacker before last season and finished the year as the defensive MVP of the Alamo Bowl, where he had six tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery and two fumble rushes. Quarterback. After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery and missing the spring, Overshowed, known as “Agent Zero” for the number he wears, will be a centerpiece of new defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski’s scheme at inside linebacker.

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      QB, Arizona State Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Daniels, a starter since his first game as a freshman in 2019, showed enormous potential in his first season, throwing 17 touchdowns with just two interceptions. With just four games last season, he didn’t have time to build much momentum, but now he has a chance to make a name for himself nationally.

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      NG, Georgia Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Nose tackle stats may be underwhelming: 16 tackles and one sack in seven games in 2020, but make no mistake: Davis is a major reason the bulldogs led the fbs in run defense in each of the last two seasons. At 6-6 and 340 pounds, Davis typically requires more than one player to screen him, freeing up linebackers to make plays.

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      LB, Arkansas Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      No one has endured the struggles of pigs more than Morgan, a former substitute, who has played for three different coaches since 2016: Brett Bielema, Chad Morris and Sam Pittman. In his first season as a starter in 2020, he tied for the FBS lead with 12.3 tackles per game (he had 19 in two different contests) to finish with 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      TE, Washington Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      A first-team all-pac-12 selection in 2020, Otton has been one of the most reliable tight ends in the country for the past two seasons. in 17 games during that span, he has 50 receptions for 602 yards with five touchdowns.

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      RB, Georgia Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      We may never know how good White could have been, as he tore the ACL in both knees before getting a carry for the Bulldogs. the first occurred during his senior year in high school and the second before his freshman year in college. he is powerful and moves the stack well and rushed for 1,187 yards with 14 touchdowns in his first two seasons.

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      OL, Washington Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      kirkland put the nfl on hold to continue his development at left tackle, where he has a bright future at the next level. he made the changing of the guard last season and earned a first-team all-pac-12 nomination.

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      DB, Washington Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      mcduffie, the latest in a long line of talented defensive backs from washington, has been among the best cornerbacks in the pac-12 since he entered campus in 2019. on several major award preseason watch lists.

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      DE, Cincinnati Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      2020 bednarik award semifinalist, sanders is a dynamic pass-rusher for a potential top-five defense. he has 17.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and seven pass breakups over the past two seasons. kiper lists 6-foot-5, 255-pound sanders as his number. 6 defensive end prospect for the 2022 nfl draft.

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      RB/WR, Texas A&M Sophomore Last year’s ranking: NR

      Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher calls Smith his Swiss army knife and one of the best players he’s ever had, and given Smith’s versatility in his first two seasons, it’s easy to see why. Last season, after becoming a running back, Smith caught 43 passes for 564 yards with six touchdowns and rushed 49 times for 293 yards with four touchdowns. he has also returned punts and punts. He’ll line up as a slot receiver and backfield receiver in 2021, and Fisher believes he’ll find countless ways to get the ball to him.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      WR, Penn State Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Olave and Wilson understandably get most of the recognition when it comes to naming the best Big Ten wide receivers, but Dotson deserves love too. Even though the Nittany Lions had a bad year, he managed to have 884 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games. His biggest game was against Ohio State, where he recorded three touchdown receptions, one of which was arguably the best of the 2020 season.

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      RB, Iowa Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      goodson led the team in rushing last season with 812 in eight games along with seven touchdowns. He shared the load at running back with Makhi Sargent, who had 76 attempts to Goodson’s 143. Sargent is in the NFL now and Goodson is Iowa’s leading running back this season. If he can continue what he was able to do last season, Goodson should be one of the best running backs overall.

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      RB, Oregon Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Verdell had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons before the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and the expectation is that he will return to form in a backfield that also features fellow junior Travis Dye. durability is a question mark, but his talent is not.

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      WR, Oregon Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      Back for his fifth season, Johnson is an important veteran presence in what should be a dynamic Oregon offense. he enters the season with 114 career receptions for 1,617 yards and 14 tds.

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      DT, Oklahoma Senior Last year’s ranking: NR

      thomas didn’t play much early in his career in oklahoma, but he worked his way up to a starting job last year as a junior, and he made it count. Thomas led the pack in sacks with 8.5 and tackles for loss with 13 and added eight more QB rushes. he was selected to the second team of the Big 12. At 6-5, 266 pounds, he’s a versatile option for Alex Grinch’s upgraded defense that led the Big 12 in yards allowed and yards allowed through the air.College football's top 100 players for 2021 - Spencer Rattler, Kayvon Thibodeaux and more

      OL, Louisiana Junior Last year’s ranking: NR

      torrence has started all but one game for coach billy napier since arriving on campus, and in 2019 he became louisiana’s first true freshman offensive lineman to start since 2004. at 6-foot-5 inches and 322 pounds, Torrence anchors a year-long line ranked among the top seven nationally in fewest sacks and tackles for loss allowed.

      Andrea Adelson, Kyle Bonagura, Bill Connelly, David Hale, Chris Low, Harry Lyles Jr., Adam Rittenberg, Alex Scarborough, Mark Schlabach, Tom Vanhaaren and ESPN’s Dave Wilson contributed to this story.

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