|2013 FCS Preseason TOP 100||
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1. LB Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr.
This undersized defender may not be rated high by the scouts right now but he is a fast defender who roams sideline to sideline and is the most feared defender in the CAA. He was the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010 and is a two-time first-team Al-CAA pick. He was the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American in 2012 with 101 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 5 pass breakups.
2. RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, Jr.
After a solid freshman year with 470 yards and 3 touchdowns he put up an amazing sophomore year with 2,044 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 6.8 yard per carry average was very impressive. His tough running style and ability to find open holes makes him one of the best players in all of FCS.
3. S Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, Jr.
Tartt was the best safety in FCS last year with 94 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 10 pass breakups. He also had 2 touchdowns as well and earned first-team All-America honors. He’s a big safety at 6’2, 220 pounds with speed who makes plays in both the run and pass game.
4. OT Dakota Dozier, Furman, Sr.
Ever since redshirting in 2009 Dozier has been one of the best in the Southern Conference. He is going to be a four-year starter in 2013 who was named second-team All-SoCon in 2011 and first-team All-SoCon in 2012. He also earned second-team All-America honors last season.
5. RB Terrance West, Towson, Jr.
West has been a star since arriving to Towson. He ran for 1,294 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2011 being named the Jerry Rice Award Winner and first-team All-CAA. He was a first-team All-CAA pick in 2012 with 1,046 yards and 14 touchdowns along with 102 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. He’s a big back at 5’11, 220 pounds with strength and power.
6. LB Jordan Tripp, Montana, Sr.
Tripp is probably the biggest test freak of all the linebackers in FCS. He’s a 6’3, 245 pounder who runs in the 4.5s and because of it is able to run sideline to sideline. The Montana product would have a much more impressive resume if not for missing most of 2011 with an injury. He was a honorable mention All-Big Sky pick in 2010 with 99 tackles and 9 tackles for loss but was a second-team All-American in 2012 with 95 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss. He also created turnovers with 1 interception, 2 pass breakups, returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and had 4 forced fumbles.
7. DE Davis Tull, Chattanooga, Jr.
This may be a surprise to see Tull so high but this 2012 AFCA All-American was the best of a deep group of defensive ends last year with 56 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks. He was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year last season as well after earning All-Freshman team honors in 2011 with 30 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks.
8. DT Zachariah Kerr, Delaware, Sr.
It may surprise people to see Kerr rated so high but his stats don’t tell the full story. In his first year transferring from Maryland Kerr had 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and showed his freak athleticism with an interception returned for a touchdown. He’s got long arms and moves very well with the ideal body for a nose tackle. The 2012 second-team All-CAA selection is one of the most underrated players in FCS.
9. DT Caraun Reid, Princeton, Sr.
There is no doubt that Reid was probably the unsung hero last year with Mike Catapano receiving all the hype. Reid quietly had 40 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and 3 blocked kicks to earn AFCA All-America honors. He’s very fast (4.8 40) and pushes the pocket. This two-time first-team All-Ivy League selection has next level ability.
10. WR Sean Price, Appalachian State, Soph.
There wasn’t a better freshman in FCS last year, in my opinion, as he tallied 1,196 yards and 8 touchdowns to break all of App State’s freshman receiving marks. He was a third-team All-American and first-team All-Southern Conference pick. He was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year as well despite missing two games last season.
11. TE A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State, Jr.
The former Florida State transfer was a 4-star recruit in high school who got in trouble is looking to rebound at TSU and did a good job in 2012. He was a first-team All-American with 733 yards and 6 touchdowns and is rumored to potentially come out early with another big year. At 6’4, 245 pounds with great speed he is a matchup problem for most and could be the best tight end in FCS in recent memory.
12. QB Jeff Mathews, Cornell, Sr.
There is no more physically gifted passer in FCS as Mathews has great size (6’4, 223) and a strong arm. He threw for 3,196 yards and 18 touchdowns last year but needs to improve his 18-11 ratio. He was the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and the Rookie of the Year in 2010 but just a second-team All-Ivy League pick in 2012. If he can take the next step and live up to the hype he should be an All-American in 2013.
13. CB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, Sr.
Williams isn’t the biggest corner at 5’11, 197 pounds but has very good hands and toughness. He is a two-time first-team All-MVFC selection who earned honorable mention honors as a freshman. He was the MVFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and is a two-time first-team All-American. He had 39 tackles, 7 interceptions, and 4 pass breakups last season. The only critique is that he lacks elite speed and gave up a good bit of catches in the playoffs, which is why he is lower than you would expect based on his resume.
14. RB Shakir Bell, Indiana State, Sr.
While he’s not very big (5’8, 185) he is quick, shifty, and has great vision. Bell ran for 1,475 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012 after putting up 1,670 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2011. He is a two-time first-team All-MVFC selection who earned AFCA All-America honors in 2011 and second-team All-America honors in 2012.
15. CB Steven Godbolt, Tennessee State, Jr.
The 6’1, 180 pounder reminds many of DRC as a shutdown cover corner. He had 6 interceptions and 6 pass breakups in 2012 to earn second-team All-America honors after tallying 2 interceptions and 7 pass breakups to earn All-Newcomer Team honors in the OVC in 2011. His ability to shut down his side of the field makes him one of the best players in the country.
16. WR Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Sr.
After missing 2011 with an injury Lora was not highly touted coming into the 2012 campaign but he budded a star earning OVC Offensive Player of the Year honors and AFCA All-America plaudits with 1,664 yards and 12 touchdowns.
17. RB Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State, Sr.
Flanders was a highly touted recruit who landed at Kansas State but then transferred to Sam Houston after his redshirt season. He’s a three-time first-team All-Southland selection, two-time Southland Player of the Year, and two-time All-American. He ran for 1,642 yards and 17 touchdowns last year. He isn’t blazing fast but has good vision and is able to grind out tough yards.
18. S Dean Marlowe, James Madison, Jr.
Marlowe isn’t a big name in FCS but he’s a big time player who can run and cover. He had 82 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, and 4 pass breakups in 2012. The two-time All-CAA selection is a long, rangy kid at 6’2, 195 pounds and should be an All-American in 2013.
19. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, Sr.
There is probably no better gun slinger in FCS as the 2012 second-team All-OVC pick threw for 3,823 yards and 31 touchdowns last year. He would be much higher if not for the 15 interceptions but showed that has he a good arm and should limit those this season. He also punted 7 times last year.
20. QB Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, Sr.
McKinnon is just going to be a two-year starter this year and he didn’t earn any honors last season but he showed elite ability in the playoffs and finished with 1,817 yars and 20 touchdowns in 2012. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry and is being considered a possible draft pick as a running back. With another big year he could find himself projected as a mid to late round pick.
21. S Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, Jr.
The MSU product had a breakout year last season after a solid freshman year with 70 tackles. He had 109 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, and 6 pass breakups last season to earn third-team All-America honors.
22. S Jestin Love, Central Arkansas, Sr.
Love doesn’t show any love on the football field. He’s a hard hitter who is active against the run and the ideal run stuffing strong safety. He had 91 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 5 passes defended last season. The UCA standout is a three-time All-Southland selection and was the 2010 Co-Freshman of the Year.
23. LB Tyler Starr, South Dakota, Sr.
Starr, 6’5 230 pounds, did not play in 2010 but in 2011 had the breakout year his coaches always knew he could have at end with 51 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks. He moved to linebacker in 2012 and had 76 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. While he was a first-team pick in 2011 he earned second-team honors while getting use to his new position. Expect him to have a big year in 2013 and improve on his 2012 numbers.
24. RB Zach Bauman, Northern Arizona, Sr.
Bauman had a strong start in 2012 but tapered off and thus is not in my top 10-15 like I expected mid-season last year. Even though he did not finish strong you can’t deny his resume. He is a three-time All-Big Sky pick and has averaged over 5 yards per carry each of the last two years. He’s a smooth runner with good hands and the ability to break a big run.
25. S Julien David, Howard, Sr.
David started his career at strong safety but then moved to free safety last season. He will be back at strong safety as a senior after a first-team All-MEAC season with 108 tackles and 9 tackles for loss. He can stop the run and showed pass coverage ability with 1 interception and 7 pass breakups. It may come as a surprise but he’s probably a better NFL prospect than Keith Pough.
26. AP Walter Powell, Murray State, Sr.
There isn’t a better all-purpose player in the country. Powell is 6’0, 180 pounds and able to make big plays in the kick and punt return game. His hands and speed are a lethal combination. He was a first-team All-American as an all-purpose player last year earning first-team All-OVC honors as a return specialist and second-team All-OVC honors at wide receiver with 94 catches for 1,213 yards, 10 touchdowns.
27. TE MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois, Jr.
At 6’3, 247 pounds Pruitt is not only a good pass catcher but solid blocker who runs well. He’s a two-time All-MVFC selection and 2012 third-team All-American who tallied 577 yards and 4 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign.
28. RB Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State, Jr.
The Georgia transfer and former blue chip recruit showed up out of shape but really came on late in 2012. He was a first-team All-SWAC selection and the SWAC Newcomer of the Year with 842 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s another player who is rumored to declare early with a big season, which is no surprise considering the fact he is a SEC talent in the SWAC.
29. AP Tony Washington, Appalachian State, Sr.
It’s hard to believe an App State player is underrated by the media but Washington certainly is. His route running and blocking are very good despite not having elite production. He had 472 yards and 3 touchdowns with a 27.3 kickoff return average and 1 touchdown last year. Washington was a second-team All-SoCon return specialist but should have a big year.
30. C Chris Elkins, Youngstown State, Sr.
Elkins is switching from right guard to center for 2013 but should still have a huge year. He was a honorable mention All-MVFC pick in 2011 and first-team pick in 2012. Elkins will be a three-year starter and should be an All-American in 2013.
31. OT Billy Turner, North Dakota State, Sr.
At 6’6, 312 pounds with long arms Turner has proven to be a very good blind side protector. He will be a four-year starter and is coming off a first-team All-America season in 2012. His father was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1983.
32. WR Jordan Harris, Bryant, Sr.
Harris is the best player Bryant has ever had. He’s got good hands, decent speed, and good strength. Last year he was the NEC Offensive Player of the Year with 61 catches for 1,243 yards and 15 touchdowns (20.4ypc) in 10 games. He is a two-time first-team All-NEC selection and 2012 second-team All-American.
33. CB Qua Cox, Jackson State, Sr.
Cox is among the best corners in all of FCS and the 6’0, 185 pounder has next level potential. He had 50 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks last year to earn first-team All-SWAC honors. He was a second-team pick in 2011 with 12 passes defended as well.
34. CB Jordan Love, Towson, Sr.
The former Georgia transfer had a good first-year at Towson with 35 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 5 pass breakups. At 6’0, 184 pounds with long arms and great speed he has a lot of upside. He was a second-team All-CAA pick in 2012 and should be an All-American in 2013.
35. DE Colton Underwood, Illinois State, Sr.
Underwood flashed as a freshman and then began to show big time potential in 2011 with 38 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks as he earned MVFC honorable mention honors. He was a first-team All-American last year with 95 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks. While the 6’5, 235 pounder is not as explosive or fast as draft pick Nate Palmer he plays with solid technique and is consistent.
36. DE Zach Wagenmann, Montana, Jr.
After serving as a backup in 2011 he had a breakout year in his first season as a starter in 2012. He was named a second-team All-American with 50 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and 4 hurries. Wagenmann has two more years left and has a chance to put up huge career numbers due to his technique and motor.
37. DE Zach Hodges, Harvard, Jr.
Hodges was a dominant force for Harvard in 2012 with 32 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, and 13 hurries to earn first-team All-Ivy league honors after he was a role player in 2011.
38. DE LeBrandon Richardson, Bethune-Cookman, Jr.
Richardson transferred from Central Florida prior to 2012 and was a defensive lead with 53 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. He was named first-team All-MEAC honors for his performance and should have another big season in 2013.
39. S D.J. Key, Chattanooga, Sr.
If you are looking for a solid cover man and run stuffer he is that. While Key is not overly thick and needs to get a step faster and stronger he has shown the knack for being around the ball and is an active player. Key is a two-time All-Southern Conference pick who had 82 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass breakups last season while being named a first-team All-SoCon pick.
40. DT Sullivan Grosz, Cal Poly, Sr.
Grosz is a two-time conference award winner and 2012 second-team All-Big Sky selection. He had 56 tackles and 12 tackles for loss last season in 12 games and will be a three-year starter.
41. OG Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State, Sr.
TSU has been known to have very talented offensive lineman and Edwards is no different. He will be a four-year starter and has already been named All-OVC twice. The 6’4, 320 pounder has a shot at the next level with his ability.
42. FB Dominique Swope, Georgia Southern, Jr.
Swope ran for 1,246 yards and 16 touchdowns last year after being named the SoCon Freshman of the Year with 1,023 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’s a highly gifted fullback in their scheme and should be a 1,000 yard rusher for the third straight year.
43. OT Danny Kistler, Montana, Sr.
Kistler, 6’7 313 pounds, has improved greatly since stepping on campus. He was All-Big Sky at right guard and then moved to right tackle where he was a first-team All-Big Sky pick last year. Now, he should settle in at right tackle and have an All-America season.
44. DE Michael Cole, Maine, Sr.
After having his season cut short last year Cole is expected to put up big numbers in 2013. He had 20 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks in five games before he got hurt but is healthy now and ready to go. He was a second-team All-CAA pick in 2011 with 49 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks.
45. DE Rakim Cox, Villanova, Sr.
Like Cole, Cox has had some injury troubles but when healthy he was dominant at times. Despite playing with a broken hand he still managed to put up 7 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks to be named first-team All-CAA. Cox has good length and fills out his 6’4 frame nicely. NFL scouts are intrigued by his talent and movement skills.
46. CB Bookie Sneed, Sam Houston State, Sr.
Sneed may not be considered among the elite corners in FCS but he should be. He’s been nothing but consistent in his career as a three-time All-Southland honoree. He had 39 tackles, 4 picks, and 4 pass breakups in 2012 after having 15 passes defended in 2011 and 17 passes in defended in 2010.
47. RB David Johnson, UNI, Jr.
Johnson is a big back at 6’3, 214 pounds and he uses that body to run hard and break through tackles. He ran for 1,021 yards and 13 touchdowns (5.7ypc) last year to earn second-team All-MVFC honors. He was an honorable mention selection in 2011 with 822 yards and 9 touchdowns.
48. QB DeNarius McGhee, Montana State, Sr.
McGhee has been named Big Sky Offensive MVP the last two years and was an AFCA All-American last year. He threw for 3,154 yards with a 24-11 ratio and as usual showed his mobility. While he is short he has a solid arm and can make defenders miss with his feet. The one thing standing between McGhee and a top 10 rating is a better performance in the playoffs.
49. CB Kadeem Wise, Chattanooga, Sr.
Wise has been a leader on the Mocs’ defense and one of the best in the Southern Conference his entire career. He was the Freshman of the Year in 2010 and is a three-time second-team All-SoCon pick. He should finally crack the first-team this year and improve on his 55 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 3 pass breakups from 2012.
50. RB Marcus Coker, Stony Brook, Sr.
After a slow start due to the numbers of Maysonet he began to improve later in the year and finished with 1,018 yards and 9 touchdowns. He will be the feature back finally since transferring from Iowa last year. While he lacks a great burst he is a tough, strong runner with good size (6’0, 230).
51. QB Jamal Londry-Jackson, Appalachian State, Sr.
Jackson has a chance to put up huge numbers in 2013 with a great receiving corps, one that would be the best in their new conference (Sun Belt) as of today. He threw for 3,278 yards with a 21-8 ratio but needs to improve his accuracy when under duress and show he can make better decisions consistently. He was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection in 2012.
52. DT Antoine Lewis, Villanova, Sr.
After flashing in 2010 with 48 tackles and 4 tackles for loss he showed no improvement in 2011. Lewis then took the step expected of him in 2012 with 58 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks as the nose tackle was named first-team All-CAA. He’s got the big butt and strength you want with potential to be a dominant force this fall.
53. TE Faysal Shafaat, Chattanooga, Jr.
Chattanooga has a terrific pass catcher at tight end in Shafaat who has speed and size (6’5, 240). He caught 37 passes for 290 yards and 5 touchdowns last year to earn second-team All-SoCon honors.
54. WR R.J. Harris, New Hampshire, Jr.
The 6’0, 194 pound standout has long arms and good hands. He also runs well and showed it the last two years with 714 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2011 and improved on that with 1,059 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2012. He was a second-team All-CAA pick in 2011 and first-team pick last year.
55. CB Tye Smith, Towson, Jr.
Smith really caught my eye against LSU showing he can run with SEC talent and has good length. He was a third-team All-CAA pick with 74 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and 6 passes defended as a sophomore.
56. RB Kevin Monangai, Villanova, Jr.
The short compact Monangai is a big play threat who averaged 5.7 per carry with 1,210 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. With just one year of production he will need to show consistency to climb this list but the talent is there.
57. CB Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman, Jr.
The 6’2, 180 pound corner was a backup in 2011 and then he showed he could be a big time player last year with 68 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 11 passes defended to earn first-team All-MEAC honors.
58. CB Todd Washington, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
This former Memphis transfer has been hyped as a future star the last two years and this is his chance. He flashed some last year earning honorable mention All-Southland honors with 27 tackles, 1 interception, and 9 pass breakups in 2012. He’s got good size and great athleticism. If Washington lives up to the hype this year he will no doubt be an All-American but is a bit lower because his past resume isn’t quite enough to warrant a top 50 rank. However, his talent suggests he could be a top 10 player in the nation so keep an eye on him.
59. DT Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State, Sr.
Simpson looks bigger than his listed 255 pounds but still has room to fill out and could be even tougher with added strength. He showed his athleticism last year with 29 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, and he returned a fumble for a touchdown. The MVSU star was a third team All-American and first-team All-SWAC pick last year.
60. WR Greg Hardin, North Dakota, Sr.
61. CB Kendall James, Maine, Sr.
James is not overly big at 5’11, 175 pounds but he’s got blazing speed (4.3) and great quickness. He had 46 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 12 pass breakups last season. Expect him to have a big 2013 season and become a name everyone in FCS knows.
62. DE Terrence Fede, Marist, Sr.
The last two years Fede has been one of the best linemen in the Pioneer League earning all-league honors both years with his best last season putting up 63 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks. While he isn’t overly quick he is strong, gets good push, and uses his hands pretty well. He shows a good motor as well and with his size, strength, and length could be a solid 3-4 end in the NFL.
63. CB T.J. Lee III, Eastern Washington, Sr.
Lee may be small but he had a big time junior year earning first-team All-Big Sky honors and second-team All-America nod with 90 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 11 pass breakups. He is quick and very good against the run. The fact he is so active makes him a tough matchup for wide receivers and running backs.
64. QB Wynrick Smothers, Central Arkansas, Sr.
Smothers is an athletic dual threat passer who ran for 449 yards and 3 touchdowns while passing for 3,103 yards and a 31-9 ratio last season. He went on to be named the Southland Offensive Player of the Year last season after being a backup with 374 yards and a 1-3 ratio in 2011. He would have been higher if not for just one year of production.
65. AP Fabian Truss, Samford, Sr.
Truss has been one of the best all-purpose players in the SoCon the last two years putting up over 1,300 all-purpose yards both seasons. He ran for 1,063 yard and 11 touchdowns last year with 291 receiving yards, and 624 kickoff return yards and 1 kick return touchdown. He was a second-team All-American kick returner last season and second-team All-SoCon pick at both return specialist and running back. He was a first-team All-SoCon pick at running back and second-team return specialist in 2011.
66. QB Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Sr.
There aren’t many better dual threat option type quarterbacks in all of college football. He was very impressive last season with 2,372 passing yards, a 15-8 ratio, and then he ran for 1,406 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American.
67. LB Alvin Scioneaux, Wofford, Sr.
Scioneaux has good length and runs very well showing it last season with another impressive year. For the second straight season he earned All-SoCon honors finishing with 70 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks.
68. QB John Robertson, Villanova, Soph.
While Sean Price is the best returning sophomore in FCS Robertson technically is on paper as he won the Jerry Rice Award. He was a third-team All-CAA selection and CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year last year. He threw for 1,965 yards and 14 touchdowns with 7 interceptions after he redshirted in 2011.
69. QB Brock Jensen, North Dakota State, Sr.
Jensen (6’3, 226) may not be an elite athlete or put up big numbers but he simply is a winner who manages games very well. He threw for 2,331 yards with a 17-8 ratio last year and completed 61.2% of his passes. He also ran for 357 yards and 12 touchdowns showing good mobility and the ability to make big plays with his feet. He was a second-team All-MVFC pick last year and honorable mention pick in 2011.
70. DE Cole Jirik, North Dakota State, Sr.
While he was a second-team All-MVFC pick last year he showed in the playoffs that he has All-America potential with his quickness, speed, and use of hands. He finished with 58 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks in his breakout junior campaign.
71. RB Jamaal Berry, Murray State, Sr.
Berry transferred from Ohio State prior to the season and ran for 675 yards and 7 touchdowns. He can block, has good hands, and has solid speed. Expect him to put up big numbers in 2013.
72. OT Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State, Sr.
The massive 6’7, 300 pounder was consistent last year using his length to keep defensive ends at bay and improved from his honorable mention All-MVFC season in 2011 to earn first-team honors in 2012. He also was named a first-team All-American last season and is among the best linemen in FCS.
73. AP Dae’Quan Scott, James Madison, Sr.
Despite injuries last year he still ran for 781 yards and 8 touchdowns while hauling in 30 passes for 295 yards and 4 scores and averaged 11.6 per punt return. Scott was named second-team All-CAA for the second straight season and earned CAA honors for the third straight year. While he isn’t overly fast he shows good vision and is very athletic.
74. OG Steven Forgette, Eastern Washington, Sr.
Forgette is next in a long line of top notch Eagle linemen. At 6’4, 300 pounds he is a big kid who moves fairly well and does a good job in pass protection. He was an honorable mention All-Big Sky pick in 2010 at left guard and then suffered an injury in 2011 that cut his season short. He then started again in 2012 and improved on that performance with second-team All-Big Sky honors at left guard.
75. DE Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas, Soph.
Keep an eye on this 6’5, 251 pound pass rusher who had 36 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks in 2012. Woodard was named first-team All-Southland and the Freshman of the Year last year. He also had 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles while returning 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown.
76. OT Eric Pike, Towson, Sr.
Pike showed well against LSU using his strength and feet to hold his own against the BCS powerhouse. He’s a three-year starter who earned third-team All-CAA honors in 2011 and first-team accolades in 2012 at left tackle.
77. WR Kelsey Pope, Samford, Sr.
Pope became a top target in 2011 earning second-team All-SoCon honors with 810 yards and 6 touchdowns. Last year he led the team with 552 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had 25 rushing yards and 1 score last season.
78. WR Tre McBride, William & Mary, Jr.
After being just a role player in 2011 he took the next step as a leader of the offense with 897 yards and 10 touchdowns (16.3ypc). McBride was named second-team All-CAA for his play.
79. LB Clarence Bumpas, Northern Colorado, Sr.
The former Kansas State transfer was a standout in 2011 with 145 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack to earn second-team All-Big Sky honors. He missed 6 games due to injury last year but still had 49 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 passes defended in 5 games.
80. LB Grant Olson, North Dakota State, Sr.
Olson was the leader of that linebacking corps last year with 147 tackles and 11 tackles for loss as he earned first-team All-MVFC honors. While he isn’t the biggest player (6’1, 225) he runs well and is a very good tackler.
81. DE Brad Daly, Montana State, Sr.
Daly is primed to pick up where Caleb Schreibeis left off last year after a solid second season at starter. The former linebacker finished with 52 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks as he earned second-team All-Big Sky honors for the second time in his career.
82. DE Doug Peete, South Dakota State, Sr.
Peete is attracting NFL interest due to his speed and athleticism. He had his breakout season last year with 54 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks to earn second-team All-MVFC honors.
83. LB Dorian Bell, Duquesne, Sr.
If you went by high school hype he should be in the top 5 on this list but Bell will need to build on what he began last season to live up to the hype. He began to show that last year with 92 tackles and 12 tackles for loss but needs a huge senior year. The former Ohio State transfer was first-team All-NEC and a third-team All-American and I do believe he will move up this list after seeing him finally settle in and start to dominate late last year.
84. DE Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State, Jr.
The productive pass rusher has quickness and speed. He does a good job of getting in the backfield as the 2012 honor mention All-MVFC pick had 49 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks during their national championship run.
85. LB Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington, Sr.
The Eagle defensive leader has bulked up from 210 to 235 and should have another big season. He was a first-team All-Big Sky pick with 136 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 6 passes defended and I named him an All-American.
86. C Dan Shirey, Villanova, Sr.
Shirey missed last season with an Achilles injury but before that was among the best centers in FCS. He was a first-team All-CAA pick in 2011 and third-team pick in 2010. Shirey will be a four-year starter this year.
87. LB Jeff Williams, Delaware, Soph.
The CAA was full of good freshman last year and Williams was one of the best. He was the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year and third-team All-CAA pick with 61 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks. At 6’2, 210 pounds he needed to fill out but you could see that he has All-American written all of him with his speed and instincts.
88. OG Gavin Farr, Southern Utah, Sr.
Farr will be a four-year starter who earned All-Great West honors for two years at center and then was named first-team All-Big Sky last year at left guard.
89. OT Terrance Hackney, Bethune-Cookman, Jr.
Hackney transferred from Ole Miss before the 2011 season and was a star at the start. He was a second-team All-MEAC pick at left tackle and then was named an All-American and the MEAC Offensive lineman of the Year at left tackle as well. At 6’6, 310 pounds with long arms and good strength he should be among the best tackles in FCS once again.
90. WR Shane Savage, Richmond, Sr.
Savage sat out with an injury last year and then transferred from Cornell in the off-season. Before the injury he was a third-team All-American with 65 catches for 1,080 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011.
91. QB Sawyer Kollmorgen, UNI, Soph.
UNI has always had good quarterbacks and Kollmorgen is no exception. He threw for 2,450 yards and 21 touchdowns to earn MVFC Freshman of the Year honors. His 21-8 ratio was very impressive and he showed that not only is he a good passer but has good size and mobility.
92. RB Andrew Pierce, Delaware, Sr.
Back in 2010 it appeared Pierce would be in the top 10 on this list by now but he keeps slipping down my board with his production tapering off more and more each year and missing games due to injury. He was the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year and first-team pick in 2010 but a second-team pick in 2011 and third-team pick in 2012. He ran for 703 yards and 4 touchdowns last year. The talent is there but he needs good blocking and to stay healthy in order to move back into the top 30 range where his resume, on paper, would suggest he should be.
93. DT Derrick Lott, Chattanooga, Sr.
Based on talent alone Lott should be in the top 50 or 40 even but will need to be more consistent to move up this list. He was second-team All-Southern Conference pick after transferring from Georgia, showing later in the year he is a force to be reckoned with. Expect a big year and rise up the board.
94. LB Lynden Trail, Norfolk State, Jr.
When Trail showed up from Florida there was high expectations. He plays high, needs to get stronger, and improve his hand use but he is big, strong, and pushes the pocket well. He was a first-team All-MEAC pick with 70 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks last season.
95. P Andy Wilder, Northern Arizona, Sr.
Wilder proved to be a good all-around kicker last year earning All-America honors as a punter and All-Big Sky honors as a punter and kicker. He hit 76.9% of his field goals and averaged 46.3 per punt. He had a 71 long, 16 fair catches, and 10 touchbacks in 2012.
96. OT Dorian Byrd, Georgia Southern, Sr.
While Byrd is only 5’11, 275 he is among the best in the Southern Conference and nation. He will be a four-year starter at left tackle and has been named All-SoCon the last two seasons after earning All-Freshman Team honors in 2010.
97. K/P Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State, Sr.
There is no doubt he is the best punter in all of FCS. Wenzig was an AFCA All-American last year and earned All-SWAC honors for the second straight season. He averaged 45.6 per punt with a 67 long on 61 punts. He booted 16 touchbacks with 8 fair catches and 24 inside the 20. He also averaged 61.6 on kickoffs with 14 touchbacks and was 38 of 42 on extra point attempts with 57.1% on field goals.
98. LB Wes Dothard, Chattanooga, Sr.
Dothard is the fifth defender from the Mocs on this list after another All-America season. Some may argue he should be higher and on paper he should but he isn’t quite the athlete those ahead of him are. Nonetheless he’s a very good player who had over 90 tackles each of the last two seasons and was a first-team All-SoCon pick and All-American both years.
99. QB Kurt Hess, Youngstown State, Sr.
YSU has had a good leader and productive passer since he stepped on campus. Hess was the MVFC Freshman of the Year in 2010 and is a two-time All-MVFC selection. He threw for 2,112 yards with a 15-7 ratio last year but should be improved in 2013 with most of his weapons back.
100. S Tevin McDonald, Eastern Washington, Jr.
McDonald has a very different type of resume and while I have not watched him on tape he makes the list because of his accomplishments at the FBS level. Before being dismissed from UCLA he had 79 tackles, 9 passes defenders in 13 games last year. He was a Freshman All-American in 2011 with 56 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 9 passes defended in 2011. The 6’0, 190 pounder should be among the best in the Big Sky in his very first season.