Now four weeks into the college football campaign, enough of a sample size has been provided as to who’s stood out amongst the rest. In this mini-series, I’ll be diving into six standouts (three on offense, three on defense) for each of the Power Five conferences a month into the regular season. We kick things off with the SEC. It just means more.
Hendon Hooker QB, Tennessee
Earlier in the summer, I highlighted Hooker as my sleeper for the Heisman trophy. To this point, he’s made me look like a genius. With eight touchdowns and zero interceptions, Hooker is the large straw that stirs the undefeated and No. 8 ranked Volunteers’ offense. On the heels of a 349-yard, two-touchdown performance against Florida, Hooker’s dual-threat ability has caused defensive coordinators to scratch their heads as they attempt to try and counter the Virginia Tech transfer. He’s been fantastic.
Broderick Jones OT, Georgia
A five-star prep talent, Jones has thrived early in Georgia’s route back to the national title game. Stetson Bennett’s blindside anchor, Jones has no issue moving vertically in the run game or pivoting his feet into the ground to hold the edge. He’s not overpowering by any means, but his length and smooth lower half constantly have him in position to win the leverage battle. A name vacant from 2023 NFL mock drafts just a few weeks ago, he’s a good bet to hear his name called on night one next spring.
Raheim Sanders RB, Arkansas
As a whole, the Hogs’ offense has been fun to watch all campaign long. Alongside quarterback K.J. Jefferson, Sanders has evolved into one of the nation’s top ball carriers—and he’s only a sophomore. At 6-foot-2 and 227 pounds, he’s a grown man that overpowers wimpy tacklers at the second level and someone that runs with violence behind his pads. Just one of seven SEC players since 2000 to record 100+ rushing yards, 1+ rushing TD, 70+ receiving yards, and 1+ receiving TD in a single game, he’s been excellent early on. Remember his name.
Drew Sanders LB, Arkansas
The second Razorback on the list, Sanders has been extremely impressive. A transfer from Alabama and one of the more athletic second-level defenders in the country, he is currently tied for the nation lead in sacks (5.5) and is an energizer bunny that has no issue ranging sideline to sideline. He’ll be a fun chess piece for a team at the next level.
Antonio Johnson SAF, Texas A&M
Every NFL defense needs a guy like the Aggies’ ceiling stalwart. An uber-athletic roof defender that’s not afraid to work near the mess that is the line of scrimmage, his knack for being near the football is a translatable trait to the highest level of the game. An intelligently-aggressive prospect, his elite football intelligence will only improve as he adds more snaps under his belt.
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Nick Emmanwori SAF, South Carolina
Just a true freshman, Emmanwori has been ALL over the field for the Gamecocks through four weeks. The offensive side of the ball has received all the attention with Spencer Rattler in town, but at times, it looks like the three-star prospect is the only defender on the field for Carolina. At 6-foot-4, it’s hard to miss him. As someone that totaled 25 tackles against Georgia and Arkansas combined, he’s proven he can ball.
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