Rivals National Columnist Mike Farrell is here with his thoughts on which team is DBU by conference, the top 10 running back transfers and five SEC players who could break out.
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1. THE DBU IN EACH POWER FIVE CONFERENCE
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It’s always fun to discuss which program can rightfully claim the DBU title. Which programs are DBU of their Power Five conference?
SEC — This is a battle. I am picking LSU because Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White are a tough foursome to beat and Derek Stingley and Elias Ricks are next up. Alabama makes a strong case here with Minkah Fitzpatrick, Marlon Humphrey, Trevon Diggs, Eddie Jackson, Landon Collins and Patrick Surtain who will be top 10 in the NFL Draft. Alabama has more but LSU has had better. And Florida? The Gators’ defensive backs in the NFL have been average at best with guys like Quinton Dunbar, CJ Gardner-Johnson, Keanu Neal and others being solid but nothing to write home about.
Big Ten — Do I even have to say it? Ohio State with a million first-rounders over the last several years. NFL stars like Marshon Lattimore, Denzel Ward and long-time players like Malcolm Jenkins runs away with this to me.
Big 12 — Texas wins this one but it’s not pretty as expected. The Longhorns have more defensive backs in the league than others but TCU could take this home after the upcoming draft with Trevon Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington.
***** 2. THE RUNNING BACK TRANSFERS THAT WILL IMPACT 2021
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As I continue my countdown of the best transfers so far in this cycle, we move to running backs. These players will make a huge impact on the 2020 season.
1. Demarkcus Bowman, Florida — The former five-star running back headed out-of-state to Clemson but apparently got homesick and is now set to fix a poor Gators running game as the best option they’ve had in a long time.
8. Kenneth Walker, Michigan State — This is a quiet one but really a great get by the Spartans as Walker was excellent for Wake Forest and has shown the ability to compete at the Power Five level. He brings needed speed.
***** 3. FIVE BREAKOUT PLAYERS IN THE SEC
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Look for these five players to break out in the SEC this upcoming season.
4. DL Trajan Jeffcoat, Missouri — With six sacks and six tackles for a loss we just started to see the emergence of the speedy pass rusher last season. This year it will be double-digit sacks for sure.