ESPN: Winston, Gurley among top underclassmen

Todd Gurley has had an impressive two years at UGA, despite injuries that limited him this fall. (AJC)

Todd Gurley has had an impressive two years at UGA, despite injuries that limited him this fall. (AJC)

FSU’s Jameis Winston and Georgia  Todd Gurley are among the top 25 non-draft-eligible players in the country.

ESPN’s Todd McShay and his staff used a variety of factors to rank the top 25 players (it’s an ESPN Insider link) who are either freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores and not eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

The group is led by Winston, who is a redshirt freshman and one of six Heisman Trophy finalists.

The SEC and ACC players on the list include:

No. 2 — Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves

No. 4 — Gurley

No. 5 — Alabama WR Amari Cooper

No. 6 — Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham

No. 8 — Florida DE Dante Fowler

No. 9 — Alabama S Landon Collins

No. 10 — Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon

No. 12 — Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson

No. 15 — Alabama TE O.J. Howard

No. 16. — Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell

No. 18 — Ole Miss DE Robert Nkemdiche

No. 20 — South Carolina RB Mike Davis

No. 21 — Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil

No. 22 — Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller

No. 23 — Auburn DE Carl Lawson

No. 25 — Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

So you can see if Nick Saban doesn’t bolt to Texas, he’ll have plenty to work with at Alabama for the next couple of seasons.

The honorable mentions include Arkansas RB Alex Collins, Alabama RB Kenyan Drake, Tennessee WR Marquez North, Georgia DE Jordan Jenkins, Miami LB Tyriq McCord, FSU CBs Nate Andrews and P.J. Williams, and Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson.

Of note, Nkemdiche (Grayson), Davis (Stephenson), Lawson (Milton), Drake (Hillgrove), Jenkins (Harris County) and Facyson (Northgate) are from Georgia.

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December 15th, 2013
12:30 pm

That is: Andre Williams IS NOT ON THE SAME LEVEL as Todd Gurley when it comes to talent, ability, and/or athleticism. If you do not believe me, then look at the upcoming NFL combine in 2014 for Williams and next year when it’s Gurley’s turn in 2015. You will see a clear difference.


December 15th, 2013
12:28 pm

Andre Williams was the best running back in the country this year. THAT DOES NOT mean he is a better overall RB or NFL prospect than Todd Gurley. No need for an explanation. By that measure, Tebow was a better QB and NFL prospect than Matt Stafford. Timmy Chang was the best player QB by that standard. What about Ron Dayne? Rashaan Salaam? One exception is Ricky Williams.


December 15th, 2013
12:23 pm


You sir are a big time college football bigot.


December 15th, 2013
12:23 pm


“The problem in the southeast is that there is limited knowledge of football on a national scale.”

Thanks for the gross generalization. How many folks in NYC, Boston, Chicago, Philly, etc. have knowledge of Gurley? Or have even seen him play? Last I checked I can receive the same sports information as everyone else on this planet, but one cannot measure: The Human Factor. People pay closest attention to what is close to them. DUH!!!! Now after saying that, Andre Williams is NOT a better NFL prospect than Gurley. Period. End of Story. There is no bias in that. It’s knowing football and all of the little bitty factors a player is up against. If Gurley ran through those craters TJ Yeldon ran through all season or if he was in Auburn’s offense, he would have 2000+ yards easy. No, he plays for a constant under-achieving program. BC, on the other hand, is known for producing solid Offensive linemen year in and year out. No doubt legacy along the OL is a major factor in the ,majority of Andre Williams’ numbers. He is a very good player and a NFL prospect, but on the level of Gurley. Just look at the games.


December 15th, 2013
9:16 am

The only thing that stands out about Girly are his greasy dreds and hs stupid tatts.

And this is the kind of punk that our state’s flagship university is recruiting now?


December 15th, 2013
2:42 am

The reason he didn’t get invited had a lot to do w/ injuries. He missed quite few games, & even when he did play, then it was when he was hurt. So, he didn’t put up the numbers that he was likely to put up if he had been healthy. Also, UGA ended up losing 4 games, which had a lot to do w/ injuries throughout the entire team this yr, & typically a player doesn’t fair well in this once the team loses a few games.


December 15th, 2013
12:04 am

Gurley was prominent on a regional stage. Andre Williams of Boston College was prominent on a national stage.
2,100 yards. The ONLY back to have 26 runs of 20 yards or more in a season in the past 10 years.
The problem in the southeast is that there is limited knowledge of football on a national scale.
Even ESPN, which owns the SEC and the Heisman program, didn’t invite Gurley to NYC.