Sports Illustrated released its list of the top 10 players in college football today, with an outstanding running back topping the list.
LSU junior Leonard Fournette, a Heisman front-runner, landed in the No. 1 spot. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett came in at No. 2, followed by Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey.
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers were No’s 4 and 5, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Iowa cornerback Desmond King, Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson, USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Florida State safety Derwin James rounding out the top 10.
In terms of pure dominance, no player matches the brute force of Leonard Fournette. As a sophomore in 2015 Fournette led the FBS in rushing yards per game (162.8) and finished third in total rushing yards with 1,953. That total, as well as Fournette’s 22 rushing touchdowns, both set LSU single-season records. Oh, and the 6’1”, 230-pound brick wall bounced off defenders for a startling 6.5 yards per carry. In two years Fournette is already fourth on the Tigers’ career rushing chart (2,987 yards), and he’ll enter 2016 as a preseason first-team All-America certainty. If starting a college football team from scratch, one would be remiss to not pick Fournette with the first-overall selection.
Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns on 300 carries last fall, and is a candidate to be the first running back off the board in next year’s NFL Draft. He’s a fitting choice for No. 1.
What do you think? Did SI get it right?