JJ - 2nd
Bituli - 2nd
Smith- Toss up. Probably 2nd because they hate us
HT - Freshman SEC but makes a strong case for more
Even this might be wishful thinking. They’ll load up the awards with Bama, UGA, and LSU players. Bet you Bo Nix ends up as the freshman all SEC QB even though Hilinski is by far better, just on a s****ier team.
Jennings is 5th in yardage and 5th in TDs so not sure he makes the cut unless his production jumps up the last three games and/orr they take into consideration that he's done this with 3 different QBs .
We have several guys that will or should make the list on offense and defense but a guy I'm most proud of is Nigel Warrior.
That guy is playing at a high level for the 1st time in his career. He is now living up to his hype and providing leadership in the secondary as well. Like most everyone else he started the season slow but the light has turned on the last several games. We haven't had safety play like this in years imo.
I do want to say our linebacker play has been stellar as well. The starting unit is very good. Taylor is a pass rushing machine. Bituli has been a consistent and tough MLB. And when was the last time we had a true freshman star like To'o To'o.
The DL has become steady. They aren't stars but it has been below average for 4 or 5 years. Just being average or slightly above has made a huge difference in the physicality and toughness we now show on that side of the ball.
Ball carriers haven't been dragging our whole team for 5 and 10 yards lately. That is very encouraging.
I'm not sure the receivers in the SEC ahead of JJ are better OR they are just the recipients of better QB play getting them the ball. Either way he's one of my favorites and likely not to get a lot of post season award love in front of LSU & Bama WRs.
I totally agree with the Gator; you have to pump the brakes a little with JJ. Bama alone has a couple of receivers who are much more athletic. No that aint gonna run your ass over like JJ or tackle you on special teams like he can, but they are very talented.