Sport Top 20 college football players from the 2019 recruiting class who will take the field in 2021 season
Domestic extremism has become 'mainstream,' could threaten American life for 20 years
The Capitol riots Jan. 6 were a "watershed moment" for white supremacists and anti-government groups and require a 9/11-type response, experts warn."We must be prepared for a long fight," Christopher Rodriguez, chief of the district's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told the House Homeland Security Committee.
College football will be littered with superstars heading into the 2021 season, and many of them are juniors or redshirt sophomores. Fromquarterback to wide receiver to signal-caller , many of these players will be vying for invitations to New York (hopefully ... please) as finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
In addition to potentially achieving individual and team success for their respective programs, these stars are also setting out to make massive cases to be high draft picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Let's now rank the top 20 third-year players from the Class of 2019 heading into the season. Keep in mind that this is neither a mock draft nor a ranking of NFL Draft prospects. These are players returning to college football for their third year -- which excludes redshirt juniors like Georgia quarterback JT Daniels.
1. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina: There is no doubt who takes the title of best third-year player in the country, and he makes his home in Chapel Hill. Howell has proven through two seasons that not only is he one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but that he can lead a team to national prominence. His 3,586 yards and 30 touchdowns in the COVID-shortened season in 2020 are just a precursor to what should be an incredible junior year.
Notre Dame’s 2022 class: Six commitments so far, only so many more to come
Notre Dame has already landed six commitments in the class of 2022, led by a pair of consensus four-star offensive linemen, but the real intrigue to the class will be how it impacts the current Irish roster.But the intrigue will tie more to the size of the class, or lack thereof. With the NCAA’s universal eligibility waiver during the coronavirus pandemic, Notre Dame may eventually see a scholarship crunch on its roster.
2., DL, : The No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2019 has been a star since he stepped foot on campus in Eugene. He had 38 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, and three sacks for the Pac-12 champions last season. He's one of those players that teams are forced to double team, creating a massive advantage for the entire defense.
3., QB, : Rattler was a flat-out stud in his first year as the starter in Norman. He threw for 3,031 yards, rushed for 160 and combined for 34 touchdowns for the Big 12 champions. The redshirt sophomore is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, according to William Hill Sportsbook, and that's unlikely to change between now and the time the season kicks off.
4., RB, : Hall came to Ames in the Class of 2019 and immediately became a star. He rushed for 897 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman, and followed it up with a stellar 1,572 yards and 21 touchdowns in the Cyclones' dream season in 2020. He should push the 2,000-yard mark as long as he stays healthy and the season isn't condensed again.
Notre Dame’s offensive signees and arrivals: A quarterback competition in name only
Notre Dame may try to inspire belief in a quarterback competition this spring, but Wisconsin graduate transfer Jack Coan has pole position to replace Ian Book, both due to his work and the situation he joins.But Notre Dame would not have brought Coan in as a graduate transfer from Wisconsin if he was not going to be immediately set in pole position.
5., OL, : Green was the No. 15 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, and has not disappointed. He made the SEC All-Freshman team in 2019 and followed it up with second-team AP All-American honors last season. The Aggies' have to establish the run for the offense to click, and Green is a big part of that plan.
6., DB, : The true junior was banged up a bit as a sophomore, which prevented him from replicating his stellar freshman campaign during LSU's national title run. He still managed to break up five passes and notch 27 tackles in seven games for the Tigers.
7. George Pickens, WR, Georgia: The junior only had 513 yards in seven games in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, but that came after a 727-yard freshman season that established the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder as a budding star in the SEC. Now that Daniels is entrenched as the starting quarterback, Pickens should push 1,200 yards this year.
Video: Avalos Was Born To Lead The Broncos (Stadium)
8. Kedon Slovis, QB, USC: Slovis threw for 17 touchdowns and 1,921 yards in just six games last year -- good for 320.2 yards per game. In golf terms ... that'll play. The Trojans still have weapons everywhere, and a somewhat normal offseason should send Slovis' stats to the moon.
House to fine lawmakers $5,000 for skirting metal detectors, security measures after riot
The House of Representatives adopted a rule Tuesday to fine lawmakers who flout safety measures put in place after the deadly U.S. Capitol riot.The rule gives the Sergeant-at-Arms the authority to fine lawmakers $5,000 for a first offense and $10,000 on a second if the legislators do not complete the security screening to enter the house, which includes walking through a metal detector.
9., LB, : Harris won a starting linebacker job in Nick Saban's defense as a freshman in 2019, and kept that momentum going in 2020 with a stellar sophomore season. He had 79 tackles (second-most on the Crimson Tide) and seven tackles for loss for the national champions last season, and should be the foundation of the defense as a junior in 2021.
10., DB, : Hamilton was a big part of Notre Dame's run to the College Football Playoff last year with 63 tackles and one interception, including eight tackles in the regular season win over Clemson.
11., WR, : Wilson and former Buckeye stud Chris Olave were one of the best receiving tandems in college football last year. With Olave returning, Wilson should get plenty of one-on-one opportunities this fall. Expect him to push for 1,000 receiving yards as a junior.
12., TE, Texas A&M: Tight ends used to be myths in College Station, but all of that changed when Jimbo Fisher took over the program prior to the 2018 season. Wydermyer had 506 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore, and was a player that every defensive coordinator had to devote attention to while watching film during game week.
13., DB, : Elam was an under-the-radar superstar last season for the Gators defense. He broke up 11 passes, picked off two and notched 39 tackles to help the Gators win the SEC East for the first time since 2016. He should be the focal point of the secondary next season for coach Dan Mullen's crew.
Brewers sign two-time Gold Glove 2B Kolten Wong to two-year, $18M deal
Wong has established himself as the game’s premier defender at his position, securing Gold Glove wins in each of the past two seasons and standing out as the runaway leader at second base in Defensive Runs Saved in recent years. In fact, over the past three years, Wong’s 41 Defensive Runs Saved are the fourth-most for any player at any position in all of Major League Baseball. Ultimate Zone Rating and Outs Above Average are similarly bullish on his glovework in that time.With the Brewers, Wong will surely slot in as the everyday option at second base due to that defensive wizardry.
14., DB, : The Bearcats defense was the catalyst to their run to the AAC title and appearance in the Peach Bowl, and Gardner was the star of bunch. Gardner, who was ranked No. 1,672 in the Class of 2019, had three interceptions and 28 tackles while being named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
15., RB, Texas A&M: Texas A&M was a run-first team last year with Spiller leading the charge. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder from Spring, Texas, had 1,036 yards and nine touchdowns last year, and posted 946 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman in 2019.
16., QB, : It's safe to say that Gabriel is one of the top quarterbacks in college football after back-to-back seasons in which he topped the 3,500-yard mark through the air. Not only will that passing production continue in 2021, but his work on the ground should be more of a factor under first-year coach Gus Malzahn.
17., DB, : The 5-foot-9, 177-pounder from Waco, Texas, played bigger than his size suggested in 2020. He had 26 tackles and broke up 13 passes in 10 games for the Horned Frogs, and earned second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press.
18., WR, : Flowers had 892 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games for the Eagles that proved that new coach Jeff Hafley is the right man for the job. Expect Flowers to be a preseason first-team All-ACC member before and after the 2021 season.
19., WR, Alabama: Metchie had 916 receiving yards and six touchdowns alongside Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith last season. He'll have to be "the man" next season now that Smith, quarterback Mac Jones and running back Najee Harris have all left Tuscaloosa.
Jackie Bradley Jr. reportedly seeking contract longer than four years
It seems Bradley and agent Scott Boras are hoping to leverage strong demand into a much longer deal than might have been anticipated. Bradley is “seeking a significant contract, perhaps beyond four years,” sources tell Mike Puma of the New York Post. Reaching a contract of that duration would be quite the achievement, particularly in this market. Bradley is a quality performer who’d fit quite a few rosters, but there was little reason entering the winter to think he’d have a shot at a deal past two or three guaranteed seasons. MLBTR predicted a two-year, $16M pact.
20., RB, : You might not recognize Harris' name if you weren't paying close attention to the Gamecocks last year, but that's exactly what made his performance even more impressive than your average sophomore season. He rushed for 1,138 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games for a Gamecocks' offense that lacked a consistent passing attack. Defenses keyed on Harris and it didn't matter. That's how good he was.
Honorable mention:DB, , Alabama OL Evan Neal, DB Taiwan Mullen, Georgia LB , LB Owen Pappoe, RB , QB , WR , Texas A&M ,
Lions host DL David Irving on visit .
Bradshaw talks Stafford trade to Rams