In celebration of college football’s August 26 return, Bleacher Report has ranked the top 100 players for the 2017 season.
The order is not based solely on individual skill. Expected contributions are the primary factor, so a superstar such as Lamar Jackson—easily a top-three talent—is a few spots lower because we’re not projecting him to repeat a Heisman Trophy-winning season.
Additionally, NFL draft stock is not considered. Professional-bound players often put together the best seasons, but pro prospects in less favorable situations can be hindered, too.
While some players are not household names, their inclusion in the Top 100 may serve as a reminder for viewers to seek them out.
100. Heath Harding, CB, Miami (Ohio)
A first-team All-MAC performer in 2016, Heath Harding is entering his fourth season as a starter. He totaled 67 tackles with 6.5 stops for loss, four interceptions and 11 pass breakups last year.
99. Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss
Ole Miss may stumble this season, but Marquis Haynes—and Benito Jones, pending his health—will still be a menace up front. Haynes has collected 36.5 tackles for loss and 24.5 sacks during his three seasons with the Rebels.
98. Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State
Nick Fitzgerald took over following the team’s shocking loss to South Alabama to open the 2016 campaign and starred. The dual-threat quarterback might not match his totals of 3,798 combined passing/rushing yards and 37 touchdowns, but he’ll lead Mississippi State to bowl season again.
97. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
Once quarterback Nick Stevens entered the starting lineup, Michael Gallup averaged 126.3 receiving yards and…Read More