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Post-2018 SoCon Top 50

By Jim Johnson
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Ranking the best 50 players in the Southern Conference based only on their play throughout the 2018 season.

For the past three years, I've ranked the top 50 players from the Southern Conference prior to the season. However, now, for the second year in a row, 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 2018 campaign, based solely on their performance over that stretch:

50.

Matthew Campbell, P, The Citadel

49.

AJ Smith, S, VMI

48.

Josh Burger, OT, Wofford

47.

Malique Fleming, S, Mercer

46.

Kris Thornton, WR, VMI

45.

Andy Godwin, OT, Furman

44.

Nick Nixon, OT, Samford

43.

Blake Jeresaty, C, Wofford

42.

LeMarkus Bailey, LB, Mercer

41.

Lennox McAfee, RB, Wofford

40.

Chris Shelling, WR, Samford

39.

JJ Jerman, K, ETSU

38.

Grayson Atkins, K, Furman

37.

Michael Ralph, OT, Wofford

36.

George Gbesee, CB, Wofford

35.

Marshall Cooper, LB, Chattanooga

34.

Antwan Johnson, OT, Samford

33.

Aaquil Annoor, S, Furman

32.

Derek Mahaffey, DL, Chattanooga

31.

Jaylan Reid, DL, Furman

30.

Tee Mitchell, RB, Mercer

29.

Brandon Dowdell, DB, Chattanooga

28.

Aron Spann III, DB, The Citadel

27.

Jared Folks, LB, ETSU

26.

Joseph Randolph, DL, The Citadel

25.

Marquise Irvin, WR, Mercer

24.

Zach Weeks, C, WCU

23.

Noah Dawkins, LB, The Citadel

22.

Bo Layton, OT, Furman

21.

Jeremy Lewis, CB, ETSU

20.

Austin Sanders, OT, Mercer

19.

Quay Holmes, RB, ETSU

18.

Tyler Davis, OG, The Citadel

17.

Bryce Nunnelly, WR, Chattanooga

16.

Kareem Orr, CB, Chattanooga

15.

Owen Cosenke, TE, WCU

14.

Justus Basinger, OG, Wofford

13.

Dylan Weigel, LB, ETSU

12.

Marvin Tillman, S, WCU

11.

Miles Brown, DL, Wofford

10.

Tyrie Adams, QB, WCU

9.

Nasir Player, DL, ETSU

8.

Adrian Hope, LB, Furman

7.

Andre Stoddard, RB, Wofford

6.

Kelvin McKnight, WR, Samford

5.

Ahmad Gooden, DL, Samford

4.

Matt Pyke, C, ETSU

3.

Tyree Robinson, S, ETSU

2.

Isaiah Mack, DL, Chattanooga

1.

Devlin Hodges, QB, 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