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OAYP: Week One SEC Roundup

By Jim Johnson
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OAYP ranks the Top 5 SEC players at each position after week one, and gives its team of the week .

One week is in the books, and OAYP has been fully updated to reflect the new data.

These conference roundups will be released each week detailing the most highly rated players in the league, the top performers of that week, and the ever-changing overall team strength, offensive, and defensive rankings.

The team rankings will not be included in this week’s review, as 42 FBS teams have still yet to play another FBS team. Stats compiled against FCS opponents, for neither teams nor individuals, are factored into the formula. So, given the marginal nature of the metric, everything is contingent upon everything else. As such, until all 130 have played one of the other 129 FBS teams, no one has scores.

Well, no team does. The players, however, do. Below you’ll find OAYP’s top five players in the league at every position group. That said, only players that met the full, or at least the secondary qualifying minimums last year are included. That’s to prevent inordinate swings in the rankings. Even is someone performed extremely well in week one, a full season’s worth of 2018 data is probably more telling than that single game. For those that did not meet the minimum thresholds, you can expect to start seeing them around week six, once the numbers have had an opportunity to stabilize and find somewhat of an equilibrium. I also decided not to include full or secondary qualifiers that didn’t play FBS games this week, but you should see all of them a week from now.

Obviously, the new 2019 data does play a role, but a smaller one, for the time being, and will continue to comprise more of each given score as the season goes on, until 2018 can justifiably be factored out.

And remember, tiers are more useful than straight up rankings. The rule of thumb I’ve been using is: <-1.0 is a red flag, -1.0 to -0.01 is below average, 0.0 is the mean, 0.1 to 0.49 is above average, 0.5 to 1.0 is very good, 1.0 to 1.99 is a star, and 2.0+ is a bonafide superstar, which I suppose would make the handful of 3.0+ guys aliens or something.

Also of note, these scores are not only relative to each conference, but Southern Pigskin’s entire coverage area -- the ACC, SEC, and Sun Belt. With that large a player pool, any particularly strong or weak position groups in a given league should no longer affect the marginal scores.



  1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama 3.83
  2. Jake Fromm, Georgia 1.55
  3. Joe Burrow, LSU 0.67
  4. Feleipe Franks, Florida 0.49
  5. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M 0.17


  1. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt 1.68
  2. D'Andre Swift, Georgia 0.93
  3. Kylin Hill, Mississippi State 0.66
  4. Scottie Phillips, Ole Miss 0.58
  5. Lamical Perine, Florida 0.54


  1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama 1.91
  2. Seth Williams, Auburn 1.66
  3. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama 1.6
  4. Henry Ruggs, Alabama 1.11
  5. Devonta Smith, Alabama 0.92


  1. Albert Okwuegbunam, Mizzou 2.18
  2. Octavius Cooley, Ole Miss 1.71
  3. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt 0.82
  4. Charlie Woerner, Georgia -0.18
  5. Dominick Wood-Anderson, Tennessee -0.72


  1. Andrew Thomas, Georgia 2.93
  2. Prince Tega-Wanogho, Auburn 0.9
  3. Jedrick Wills, Alabama 0.78
  4. Isaiah Wilson, Georgia 0.61
  5. Yasir Durant, Mizzou 0.49


  1. Solomon Kindley, Georgia 1.35
  2. Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms, Mizzou 1.23
  3. Damien Lewis, LSU 0.22
  4. Logan Stenberg, Kentucky 0.05
  5. Marquel Harrell, Auburn 0.05


  1. Darryl Williams, Mississippi State 0.74
  2. Trystan Colon-Castillo, Mizzou 0.24
  3. Nick Buchanan, Florida 0.15
  4. Drake Jackson, Kentucky -0.05
  5. Kaleb Kim, Auburn -0.05


  1. Jon Greenard, Florida 1.64
  2. DJ Wonnum, South Carolina 1.28
  3. Anfernee Jennings, Alabama 1.11
  4. Jabari Zuniga, Florida 1.06
  5. Marlon Davidson, Auburn 0.84


  1. Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M 2.27
  2. Derrick Brown, Auburn 1.57
  3. Rashard Lawrence, LSU 1.52
  4. Raekwon Davis, Alabama 1.33
  5. Nick Coe, Auburn 1.3


  1. Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State 1.68
  2. TJ Brunson, South Carolina 1.05
  3. Jacob Phillips, LSU 0.84
  4. Cale Garrett, Mizzou 0.8
  5. Momo Sanogo, Ole Miss 0.69


  1. Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State 1.37
  2. Kristian Fulton, LSU 1.24
  3. CJ Henderson, Florida 1.08
  4. Patrick Surtain, Alabama 0.99
  5. Maurice Smitherman, Mississippi State 0.82


  1. Grant Delpit, LSU 3.0
  2. Xavier McKinney, Alabama 1.9
  3. JR Reed, Georgia 1.57
  4. Shyheim Carter, Alabama 1.32
  5. JaCoby Stevens, LSU 1.21


The teams of the week do include nonqualifiers from 2018. These are simply the highest single game scores of week one, at each position.

QB -- Joe Burrow, LSU
RB -- D’Andre Swift, Georgia
RB -- Kylin Hill, Mississippi State
WR -- Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
WR -- Jonathan Nance, Mizzou
WR -- Josh Hammond, Florida
TE -- Thaddeus Moss, LSU
OT -- Andrew Thomas, Georgia
OT -- Tyre Phillips, Mississippi State
OG -- Solomon Kindley, Georgia
OG -- Jared Hocker, Texas A&M
C -- Trey Hill, Georgia

EDGE -- K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
EDGE -- Jabari Zuniga, Florida
DL -- Jayden Peevy, Texas A&M
DL -- Neil Farrell, LSU
LB -- Deandre Square, Kentucky
LB -- Buddy Johnson, Texas A&M
LB -- KJ Britt, Auburn
CB -- Myles Jones, Texas A&M
CB -- Patrick Surtain, Alabama
CB -- Eric Stokes, Georgia
S -- Grant Delpit, LSU
S -- JR Reed, Georgia

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP