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By Jim Johnson
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Ranking the best 50 players in the Southern Conference based only on their play throughout the 2017-18 season.

For the past two years, I've ranked the top 50 players from the Southern Conference prior to the season. However, now, for the first time, I've decided to do them after the season, as well.

Unlike the preseason version, which I described as the order you would see if all the players were sorted by a 'Madden' rating, neither overall talent nor past production carries any weight. The only thing that impacted the ranking was how well each player performed during this past season. As such, whereas the preseason rankings used to be partly based on past performance, going forward they will be nearly entirely a projection.

One new wrinkle that had to be addressed with this, that wasn't a problem with the preseason ones, was injuries or just missed time in general. These were a player by player call with no two situations being identical.

In any case, here are the 50 best SoCon players from the 2017-18 campaign, based solely on their performance over that stretch: (the list will be updated 10 at a time over the course of this week)

50.

Ian Berryman, P, Western Carolina

49.

Blake Bockrath, LB, ETSU

48.

Ja’Lon Williams, DT, The Citadel

47.

Jared Jacon-Duffy, OG, Wofford

46.

Kaelan Riley, QB, Mercer

45.

Alex Rios, OT, ETSU

44.

Marquise Irvin, WR, Mercer

43.

Nick Nixon, OT, Samford

42.

Isaiah Mack, DT, Chattanooga

41.

Brian Lipscomb, LB, VMI

40.

Bailey Lenoir, TE, Chattanooga

39.

Roo Daniels, C, Wofford

38.

Tahjai Watt, LB, Western Carolina

37.

Tee Mitchell, RB, Mercer

36.

Greg Sanders, DB, VMI

35.

Chris Shelling, WR, Samford

34.

Nasir Player, DE, ETSU

33.

Thomas Marchman, OT, Mercer

32.

Jaylan Reid, DT, Furman

31.

Aaquil Annoor, CB, Furman

30.

Myles Pierce, LB, The Citadel

29.

Josh Cardiello, OG, Chattanooga

28.

Mikel Horton, DT, Wofford

27.

Tyler Vaughn, DE, Wofford

26.

Kailik Williams, S, The Citadel

25.

Allan Cratsenberg, LB, VMI

24.

Zach Weeks, OT, Western Carolina

23.

Antonio Wilcox, RB, Furman

22.

Aron Spann III, DB, The Citadel

21.

Andre Stoddard, RB, Wofford

20.

Terrell Bush, OG, Furman

19.

Tyrie Adams, QB, Western Carolina

18.

P.J. Blazejowski, QB, Furman

17.

Isaiah Buehler, DE, Mercer

16.

Andy Schumpert, TE, Furman

15.

Devin Watson, CB, Wofford

14.

Shaheed Salmon, LB, Samford

13.

Terryon Robinson, WR, Western Carolina

12.

Lucas Webb, S, Chattanooga

11.

Omari Williams, CB, Samford

10.

Marvin Tillman, S, Western Carolina

9.

Tyler Davis, OG, The Citadel

8.

Kelvin McKnight, WR, Samford

7.

Lee Bennett, LB, Mercer

6.

Miles Brown, DT, Wofford

5.

Detrez Newsome, RB, Western Carolina

4.

Ross Demmel, OT, Wofford

3.

Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford

2.

Matthew Schmidt, C, Furman

1.

Ahmad Gooden, DE, Samford

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