Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 2: Jadeveon Clowney

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 2 – Jadeveon Clowney (Jr.), DE – South Carolina


South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney


Perhaps the most recognizable name in college football belongs to South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. People who don’t even follow college football closely know Clowney because of this, while others know him for plays like this. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 3: Marqise Lee

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 3 – Marqise Lee (Jr.), WR – USC


USC WR Marqise Lee


It’s difficult to describe how good Marqise Lee is because few words do his play justice. Last season, I opted to put Lee No. 1 on my final Heisman ballot ahead of both Johnny Manziel and Manti Te’o. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 4: T.J. Yeldon

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 4 – T.J. Yeldon (So.), RB – Alabama


Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon


In last season’s first annual edition of the “Parksie Awards” I listed Yeldon as the top incoming freshman in the country. And in terms of true freshmen, Yeldon was right at the top. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 5: Marcus Mariota

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 5 – Marcus Mariota (So.), QB – Oregon


Oregon QB Marcus Mariota


Remember when Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas shocked everyone and turned pro after his redshirt sophomore season? Turns out we now know why he did – Marcus Mariota. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 6: Todd Gurley

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 6 – Todd Gurley (So.), RB – Georgia


Georgia RB Todd Gurley


More than any year in recent memory, 2012 featured freshmen from across the nation making instant impacts at their new schools. One of those freshman was Georgia running back Todd Gurley.   [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 7: Taylor Lewan

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 7 – Taylor Lewan (Sr.), OT – Michigan


Michigan OT Taylor Lewan


Of all the outstanding offensive linemen in the nation, none are finer than Michigan’s Taylor Lewan. Last season Lewan garnered first-team All-American honors from nearly every media outlet in the country including the Associated Press, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated among others. Lewan could have easily opted to bypass his senior season and enter last April’s NFL Draft where he would have been a first round pick, but instead opted to return for one last season in Ann Arbor, citing his desire to grow both as a person and a player. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 8: Will Sutton

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 8 – Will Sutton (Sr.), DT – Arizona State


Arizona State DT Will Sutton


The most dominating defensive lineman not named Jadeveon Clowney resides in Tempe, Arizona. Don’t know him? Few people do. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 9: Jake Matthews

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 9 – Jake Matthews (Sr.), OT – Texas A&M


Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews


If this list ranked players based on their family tree, Matthews would be No. 1 without any competition. The son of former Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans Hall-of-Fame offensive tackle Bruce Matthews, Jake is making a name for himself in the college game as an elite offensive tackle. Last season, Matthews and last April’s No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel combined to form the best tackle combination in college football. With the departure of Joeckel, the onus will fall on Matthews to protect Johnny Manziel’s blindside in 2013. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 10: Braxton Miller

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 10 – Braxton Miller (Jr.), QB – Ohio State


Ohio State QB Braxton Miller


We begin the top ten of our countdown with the current odds on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 11: Louis Nix III

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 11 – Louis Nix III (Jr.), DT – Notre Dame


Notre Dame DT Louis Nix III


The biggest (literally) key to Notre Dame’s revival last season was the improved play of the defensive front, specifically that of mammoth defensive tackle Louis Nix III. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 12: C.J. Mosley

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 12 – C.J. Mosley (Sr.), LB – Alabama


Alabama LB C.J. Mosley


Another spot on the countdown and another member of the Crimson Tide. When you think of Alabama under Nick Saban you think defense first and foremost. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 13: A.J. McCarron

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 13 – A.J. McCarron (Sr.), QB – Alabama


Alabama QB A.J. McCarron


When you Google image search A.J. McCarron you’ll notice that most of the pictures that come up are of his girlfriend, Katherine Webb. And while that’s certainly not a bad thing, it does pay credence to something that become painfully obvious over the past two seasons – McCarron might be the most underrated player in college football.   [Read more…]