SEC offensive player power rankings, Week Three; Matt Corral stays on top
Chris Lee • 9/15/2021 in Football
The Ole Miss quarterback stays atop our list, but could Alabama's Bryce Young make a push?
Here's a look at our power rankings of the 14 best offensive players in the SEC through two weeks of play.
Players are judged some by their performance so far, and some by our opinion of them coming into the season. Current-year performance will carry more weight as weeks go on, but with disproportionate competition, players sitting out halves of blowouts, etc., that seems the only fair way to do it for now.
I've added some important notes at the bottom.
1. Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss: 662 passing yards, 90 rushing yards, seven combined touchdowns and no interceptions after two weeks.
2. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama: Seven TD throws, no picks and an 8.9-yard-per-throw average in two wins.
3. Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn: He'll need to produce against good teams, but 10.4 yards per touch is a nice number so far.
4. Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU: His five receiving scores lead the league.
5. Kenyon Green, LT, Texas A&M: Has consistently graded well for two years.
6. John Metchie III, WR, Alabama: Eleven catches, 146 yards and a score in two wins.
7. Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M: 213 yards from scrimmage, two scores and 6.5 yards per touch.
8. Dontarrio Drummond, WR, Ole Miss: Leads the league in receiving yards (284) while ranking second in catches (15).
9. Evan Neal, LT, Alabama: Reputation seems to have exceeded production, but he's plenty good enough to move up.
10. Darian Kinnard, RT, Kentucky: The league's most consistent player?
11. Jerrion Ealy, RB, Ole Miss: Just 162 yards from scrimmage so far as he's been off the field more than on it, but that should change as the competition gets better.
12. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas: Hasn't earned this spot based on 2021 production (yet), but 2020 was a better indicator of who he is.
13. Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky: 13 touches and 299 yards from scrimmage--and yes, it's come against suspect defenses, but he produced at Nebraska, too.
14. Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri: Leads the league in yards from scrimmage (392) and touches (52), though much of that production came against Central Michigan.
- The right order is darn-near impossible to figure out right now. Other than Corral at No. 1, my confidence that I got this right otherwise Is less than 1%. So if you want to yell at me that your guy should be five spots higher, or whatever, I probably wouldn't tell you that you're wrong.
- The tough-luck loser this week was Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez, whose 331 rushing yards and 7.2 per carry are pretty loud. The bottom line is it was hard to justify putting three Kentucky players in the top 14 based on the schedule and past production (In my opinion, Kinnard and Robinson have better long-term track records, though Rodriguez has been plenty good, too), but you can be sure that Rodriguez will crack the list if he keeps this up.
- I hated to drop South Carolina running back Kevin Harris from the list--he was my preseason No. 3--but he didn't play in Week One and didn't do much on returning against East Carolina (seven carries, 23 yards). Maybe I'm being overreactive here, but the phrase "back injury" scares the daylights out of me and I wonder if we'll see the 2020 version of Harris. Here's one where I really hope I'm wrong because I'd love to see Harris at full speed.
- There are a ton of quarterbacks who could crack the rankings. Auburn's Bo Nix and Georgia's JT Daniels (who was on our preseason list) could easily find his way there, and if Kentucky's Will Levis is legit, he might also. If Florida's Anthony Richardson gets healthy and win the job, he's shown he's capable of spectacular things. And don't forget Missouri's Connor Bazelak or Mississippi State's Will Rogers, either.