ESPN Ranks College Football’s Top 5 Players For 2018

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The 2018 college football regular season saw some incredible moments as QBs from Alabama, Oklahoma, and Ohio State tore through their teams’ record books.ESPN followed up the season with a ranking of the top college football players for 2018 in terms of on-field production.Unsurprisingly, Heisman trophy winning QB Kyler Murray from Oklahoma topped the list:Not only did Murray win the Heisman Trophy and lead Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, he produced one of the best individual statistical seasons in recent college football history. Murray posted a QBR of 96.0, which is the highest rating of any FBS player since ESPN began tracking the statistic 14 years ago. Murray is also on pace to shatter Baker Mayfield’s FBS passing efficiency record. If the Sooners have any chance of upsetting Alabama, it will be because of Murray, yet another special quarterback to pass through Norman.Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa came in second – much like his final ranking in the Heisman trophy voting:With an undefeated record, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions, it’s no wonder the sophomore quarterback won the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards. All season long, he was flawless, making pinpoint passes look routine. If not for a so-so performance against Georgia in the SEC championship game and a remarkable season by Murray, he might have taken the Heisman Trophy too.Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins came in third – also like his Heisman trophy ranking.Haskins broke the Big Ten single-season touchdown pass record that was set by Drew Brees and was named the conference’s quarterback of the year and offensive player of the year. He was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns with only eight interceptions.The final two players in the top five were a pair of defenders: Alabama DT Quinnen Williams, and Clemson DT Christian Wilkins.Williams anchored an Alabama defense that secured yet another SEC Championship.You’ll be forgiven if you didn’t know his name prior to this season. The redshirt sophomore was in the shadow of Da’Ron Payne the last few years, but Williams didn’t take long to become a household name this season. Inserted into the starting lineup, he made an immediate impact and didn’t have a single game in which he didn’t make a jaw-dropping play. His 18 tackles for loss and eight sacks only tell part of the story of college football’s most disruptive defender.Wilkins similarly helped Clemson dominate the ACC en route to a 12-0 regular season record, an ACC title, and a spot in the College Football Playoff.There might not be a freakier athlete in college football than Wilkins, the 300-pound defensive tackle who has lined up as an edge rusher, run for two touchdowns, been a lead blocker on goal-line packages, worked as a safety in Clemson’s spring game and has lobbied his coach all season to play some quarterback. Of course, Wilkins’ full-time gig is in the middle of the D-line, where he has been one of the most disruptive forces in the country for four years.You can view ESPN’s full list of players here.last_img read more