In case you needed a reminder of the ridiculous level of talent on the Alabama roster, this should sum it up nicely.
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young and unanimous All-American edge-rusher Will Anderson Jr. headline 2022’s crop of top juniors in college football. They’re joined in the top 10 by a new teammate, Eli Ricks, who transferred from LSU.
Plus, new running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who transferred from Georgia Tech, is among the near-misses. Other notable players in that category are LSU wideout Kayshon Boutte, Ole Miss running back Zach Evans and Utah quarterback Cameron Rising.
One valuable note: The eligibility pause in 2020 has thrown a twist into class standing. In the interest of consistency, we’re using the team-provided year on official rosters.
10. Peter Skoronski, LT, Northwestern
Peter Skoronski headed to Northwestern with major expectations, but he found an even larger spotlight than expected.
Star left tackle Rashawn Slater opted out of the 2020 campaign, leaving Skoronski as the blind-side protector in his first season. While, sure, the Wildcats would’ve preferred to have both players, they ended up with a new cornerstone of the offensive line.
Skoronski landed second-team All-Big Ten honors and ended the year as Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded true freshman in the conference. He followed that up with first-team All-Big Ten recognition in 2021.
9. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Entering the 2021 season, Bijan Robinson seemingly appeared on every list of breakout candidates.
And he certainly lived up to the hype.
Robinson was a bright spot on a disappointing Texas team, scampering for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also reeled in 26 passes for 295 yards and four scores. Robinson ranked seventh in the FBS with 142.2 yards from scrimmage per game.
He also collected 703 rushing yards, 15 catches for 196 yards and six total touchdowns as a freshman in 2020.