At the halfway point in the season, who have the 25 best college football players been so far?
Midseason: 25 Best College Football Players …
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It’s not about who the best pro prospects are or who the most talented players might be. Who have been the best, most important, and signature players at the midway points of the 2019 college football season?
25. QB Charlie Brewer, Baylor
Through five games he was perfect with 11 touchdown passes and no picks, and then he threw three interceptions in the overtime win over Texas Tech. However, he ran for three scores … and he kept Baylor undefeated.
24. LB Curtis Weaver, Boise State
QB Hank Bachmeier has turned into the national star for the unbeaten Broncos, but it’s Weaver in his hybrid role who’s been the team’s main man. He only has 26 stops for far, but he’s living in the backfield with a nation-leading nine sacks and 12 tackles for loss. His production is coming in waves, but teams are changing up their blocking schemes to hold him in check.
23. LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
No, the Clemson offensive superstars haven’t quite made the massive splash expected, but on the other side, Simmons has been sensational as the star of a reloaded defense. The gamechanger against North Carolina leads the team with 51 stops, four sacks, and eight tackles for loss.
22. LB David Woodyard, Utah State
QB Jordan Love might be getting all the … love, but it’s the main man on the other side who’s putting together one of the nation’s most dominating seasons so far. The veteran linebacker has amassed 71 tackles with four forced fumbles and two sacks for the Aggies. How do you make a splash to start the season? Come up with 24 tackles like he did against Wake Forest.
21. DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
While he’s not a one-man wrecking crew for a great Auburn defensive front, he’s the leader that everything works around. He’s living and playing up to his All-America billing, generating constant pressure and pushing his way behind the line on a consistent basis.
20. S Douglas Coleman, Texas Tech
The senior was good last season, but now the veteran has taken his game to a whole other level under the new coaching staff. A good hitter, he’s second on the team in tackles, but he’s here as a killer when the ball is in the air, coming up with six picks in the last four games including two against both Oklahoma State and Arizona.
19. S Grant Delpit, LSU
The stats aren’t eye-popping, and the LSU secondary certainly hasn’t been playing up to its talent and potential, but the best safety in college football is doing his part in the big games. He was all over the field in the win over Florida – coming up with eight stops with two broken up passes. The coaches can’t stop raving about him.
18. QB Anthony Gordon, Washington State
Only three players have thrown for more than 2,000 yards – Tua, Burrow, and Gordon, and Gordon has thrown for almost 500 more yards than Joe Burrow. Interceptions were an issue over the two-game stretch against UCLA and Utah, but he’s hit the 420-yard mark in five of his six games with 25 touchdown throws.
17. QB Malcolm Perry, Navy
What’s been the biggest spark in Navy’s resurgent season? The 5-9, 190-pound running back is sticking at quarterback instead of being moved around.
While he’s doing his job as a runner with 604 yards and 12 scores, he’s doing what he has to do as a passer. No one’s asking him to be Tua, but he’s connecting 65% of his throws with three touchdowns and no picks.
16. QB Brock Purdy, Iowa State
The guy is doing everything for an Iowa State team that’s a sneaky-interesting factor in the Big 12 chase. He has thrown for over 220 yards in every game, is hitting 70% of his throws with 11 touchdowns and just three picks, and he has six rushing scores with 102 yards in the win over TCU.