Coming into the season, there is always a list of players that are the overwhelming favorites to win. But, in most seasons – sleepers come out of nowhere and win the award – just like Lamar Jackson. So, who are the sleepers?
Oklahoma State WR – James Washington
Explosion, explosion, explosion. That is how you describe James Washington – Washington scored ten touchdowns on 1,408 total yards from scrimmage last season, but only on 71 receptions. Explosive plays will be a big part of Washington’s game, so don’t be shocked if he takes a bunch of 70-yard touchdowns to the house. OSU also returns their starting QB Mason Rudolph and starting RB Justice Hill.
Florida RB – Jordan Scarlett
Scarlett is a 5’10” 198 pound beast that will be a focal point in the Gator attack. Florida is likely to start grad transfer Malik Zaire at QB. He is a running QB that will compliment Scarlett well in the running attack. In 8 starts, Scarlett got 889 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. His upside is fantastic for a much improved Florida Gators squad.
Kentucky RB – Benny Snell
This season, I think Kentucky could be a contender in the SEC East. Big Blue Nation’s success starts with sophomore RB Benny Snell, who rushed for over 1,130 yards and 13 touchdowns on 6 yards per carry as a true freshman. True freshman running backs rarely start, never mind putting up those numbers. Kentucky also returns star QB Stephen Johnson, so the chemistry will not be affected.
Texas QB Shane Buechele
Shane Buechele showed some flashes of fantastic ability last season in Austin. He passed for 2958 total yards, 21 TD & 11 INT. Keep in mind, he was a true freshman last season, and had to deal with a coach firing in the middle of the season. This season, he picks up Tom Herman as his coach. Herman molded Greg Ward Jr. from a WR to a dominate college quarterback. Under the Herman system, and an entire offseason to get better – watch out for Shane Buechele.
USC RB – Ronald Jones Jr.
Ronald Jones comes into his Junior season coming off a 1000 yard rushing season with 12 touchdowns on the ground. This season, all defenses will have to key on the Trojan passing attack with Sam Darnold under center again. On top of the heavy pass attack, Jones had another offseason to get better. Jones should be the best RB in the Pac-12 – and if USC challenges for a playoff spot, he will have to be considered.
Notre Dame WR – Equanemious St. Brown
Last season, St. Brown became famous for his name – but also because he took a bunch of 70 yarders to the fucking house. St. Brown is a 6’4″ strong receiver that will be the top WR in South Bend. On top of that – Notre Dame will likely be starting QB Brandon Wimbush – who is known for the long bomb touchdowns.
I wasn’t kidding, that connection should happen often, so tune in to Equanemious St. Brown. Yes, I had to double take to spell his name right about 5 times….