With the 2019 college football season just around the corner, let’s take a look at the nation’s 10 best players, including Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence.
College football is special for two reasons. First, you generally know a handful of the nation’s best players and enjoy them from the start of the season. But secondly, there’s almost a guarantee that an unexpected player will become a household name. It’s a thing of beauty. This list will feature some of each, incorporating past production and future potential, culminating in the ten best players for the 2019 college football season.
Quarterbacks? Running backs? The “big uglies” in the trenches? What about the divas on the outside? We’ll offer players from a handful of positions on our list, but the obvious few will dominate it.
Getting things started is a Big 12 skill-position player, one that surprisingly doesn’t play for the Longhorns or Sooners. Coming off a 12-touchdown 2018 campaign has him more than just on our radar, though. He’s got expectations.
When it comes to wide receivers, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy is used to coaching special ones – Justin Blackmon, Dez Bryant, James Washington. Junior Tylan Wallace deserves to be mentioned with those guys after his breakout 2018 season. He was one of three finalists for the 2018 Biletnikoff Award, but is aiming for the top spot in 2019.
Wallace led the Cowboys in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,491), and touchdowns (12) as a sophomore, and became the best deep-threat in the country. His 17.3 yards-per-catch ranked tops in the country, along with his Power-Five best 66 first downs. The Pokes only won seven games, but not to the fault of Wallace’s production.
The Cowboys’ quarterback situation could present an issue for Wallace, though, as Oklahoma State doesn’t return a single quarterback with any Big 12 experience. Competing for the job is Hawaii graduate-transfer Dru Brown and redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders; neither seemed to separate themselves in the spring.
Regardless of the quarterback throwing or the defender across from him, Wallace will perform at a high level in 2019. Top Ten plays will boost his national profile, while wins will improve his overall status among the game’s best. Wallace can first be seen in action on Friday, August 30, against Oregon State.