NCAA College Football is an American football league where student-athlete teams of American universities, colleges, and military academies come against student-athletes of Canadian universities. American football rules achieved traction in the United States first through college football.
Unlike any other sports in North America, in American or Canadian football, there is no official minor league association. College football is commonly known as second-tier in the US and Canada; a step above the secondary school tournaments, and a step below the professional competition. However, college football is more important than professional football in some parts of the world, and college football was considered more renowned than professional football for most of the early 20th century.
The success and performance of the player directly affect his chances of playing professional football in college football. The 2020 NCAA Division football season ended on January 11, 2021, with Alabama being crowned champions, and their wide receiver, DeVonta Smith bagging the Heisman Trophy. But where does he rank on our list? Let's take a look at the Top 13 College Football Players in 2021.
13. Micah Parsons (Penn State)
Parsons is the most thorough player in college football, and at a college that has produced the best in the position, he has lived up to standards.
The Penn State star had compiled 109 tackles and 14 tackles for loss, in addition to five forced fumbles and pass breakups.
12. D'Eriq King (Miami)
Miami have wished for everything King is, an elite double menace. In his first season with the Hurricanes, he made several plays in the air and on the field, resulting in a PFF class of 90.6 in the season.
King always took the right decision and took the turnover-worthy play rate at No. 3 of the FBS.
11. Sam Ehlinger (Texas)
Ehlinger will play his senior year in Texas in the Big 12 with the same old hopes. He has accumulated 68 TDs and 25 rushing TDs per season while improving his accuracy.
This is the creative quarterback’s opportunity to carry the Longhorns up to the top of the Big 12 once and for all.
10. Derek Stingley Jr. (Louisiana State)
Stingley is the top defensive player and he was only a freshman in season 2020. The hype was accompanied by six interceptions and 15 breakups of the five-star recruit and was a crucial factor in the Tigers’ return game.
If someone is known to create amazing cornerbacks, then it is LSU and Stingley has everything to become one of the best.
9. Penei Sewell (Oregon)
Sewell won the Outland Trophy in 2020 and was included in the Unanimous All-American selection last season. He allowed just one sack in 1,376 snaps.
He will surely be one of the Ducks' Pac-12 defense championship's largest bits.
8. Zaven Collins (Tulsa)
Inside and outside Collins can play and affect his pace, agility, and scope. He is another athlete that will certainly help in pass coverage.
7. Najee Harris (Alabama)
Najee Harris of Alabama was one of the best double-threat backs of the game. He made 22 tackles in 43 catches as a receiver.
Harris also made 54 runs as a runner, and all runs included at least five yards after contact.
6. Mac Jones (Alabama)
Jones ended his 2020 campaign with an amazing 95.8 PFF. The second-best in the country was his accurate rate of 65.3% on passes cast beyond the line of scrimmage.
In addition, his negatively rated throw rate is first for any quarterback in the PFF College era.
5. Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State)
Hubbard ran for over 2,094 yards to 21 TDs, including 11 consecutive games with a minimum of 100 yards. An energetic running back like him will be the subject of a large-scale offense of Oklahoma State.
Hubbard is a leader both on and off the field, and he will definitely be a helping hand in attempting to win the Big 12.
4. Justin Fields (Ohio State)
With 41 TD passes and just three interceptions, the Heisman Trophy finalist completed 484 rushing yards and 10 TDs. After a full offseason in Columbus, it's fair to expect even more development from Field.
The question now is whether Fields will lead the Buckeyes to a trophy.
3. Zach Wilson (Brigham)
With his big arm and accuracy, Wilson demonstrated his stock behind Lawrence in a break-out season. He is also a very smart passer with a natural sense to decipher defenses.
2. Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
Lawrence's 412-yard offense total and three touchdowns on the Notre Dame championship game reminded everyone who the greatest quarterback in college football is at the moment.
He is ranked 7th nationally in that category with 329 yards per game. He is also a very smart passer with a natural sense to decipher defenses.
1. DeVonta Smith (Alabama)
Smith was the profound threatening recipient of Alabama last season and averaged 17.9 meters per carrying. Now he will be the leading player of the Crimson Tide, leading to more receptions and yardage.
For his game-winning TD against Georgia in the CFP Championship, he will always have a spot in Alabama’s history.