Top 10 G5 College Football Players to Watch in 2018

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As the 2018 season of college football quickly approaches, so do lists of athletes to watch. Chad Reuter recently published a list of the top 150 college football players to watch in 2018 on the NFL website. Due to the majority of the list being unsurprisingly comprised of P5 players, I felt it necessary to list the top 10 G5 college football players to watch in 2018, based on Reuter’s article.

1. Ed Oliver – DT

ed-oliver

Houston | Junior | NFL Rank: 1

“Oliver is the top player on my list for the second straight year. He can play anywhere on the line, and has rare sideline-to-sideline range for a 300-pound interior player. He’s a difference maker who should garner Heisman consideration in 2018, but probably won’t get his proper due. Oliver has already stated that he intends to apply for early entry in the 2019 NFL Draft.”

2017 stats:

  • 47 Solo Tackles
  • 26 Assisted Tackles
  • 73 Total Tackles
  • 16.5 Tackles for Loss
  • 5.5 Sacks

2. Devin Singletary – RB

Devin-Singletary

Florida Atlantic | Junior | NFL Rank: 36

“Few players have had a more appropriate nickname than Devin “Motor” Singletary. The 5-9, 200-pound bowling ball of a running back keeps going, carry after carry, pounding the ball inside or taking off to the sideline for big plays. He scored 32 rushing touchdowns last year, third-most in FBS history (Barry Sanders had 37 in 1988, Montee Ball 33 in 2011). There’s no reason to think there will be much of a drop-off with Lane Kiffin still leading the Owls.”

2017 Stats:

  • 301 Rush Attempts
  • 1918 Rushing Yards
  • 6.4 Rushing Yards per Attempt
  • 32 Rushing Touchdowns

3. Sutton Smith – LB

Sutton-Smith

Northern Illinois | Junior (RS) | NFL Rank: 52

2017 Stats:

  • 43 Solo Tackles
  • 20 Assisted Tackles
  • 63 Total Tackles
  • 30 Tackles for Loss
  • 14 Sacks

4. McKenzie Milton – QB

McKenzie-Milton

UCF | Junior | NFL Rank: 55

2017 Stats:

  • 67.1 Pass Completion Percent
  • 4037 Passing Yards
  • 10.2 Passing Yards per Attempt
  • 37 Passing Touchdowns
  • 9 Interceptions

5. Jalin Moore – RB

Jalin-Moore

Appalachian State | Senior (RS) | NFL Rank: 62

2017 Stats:

  • 183 Rush Attempts
  • 1037 Rushing Yards
  • 5.7 Rushing Yards per Attempt
  • 12 Rushing Touchdowns

6. Khalil Hodge – LB

Khalil-Hodges

Buffalo | Senior | NFL Rank: 70

2017 stats:

  • 66 Solo Tackles
  • 87 Assisted Tackles
  • 153 Total Tackles
  • 6.5 Tackles for Loss
  • 3 Sacks

7. Oshane Ximines – DE

Oshane-Ximines

Old Dominion | Senior (RS) | NFL Rank: 83

2017 stats:

  • 27 Solo Tackles
  • 17 Assisted Tackles
  • 44 Total Tackles
  • 14 Tackles for Loss
  • 8.5 Sacks

8. Anthony Johnson – WR

Anthony-Johnson

Buffalo | Senior (RS) | NFL Rank: 91

2017 Stats:

  • 76 Receptions
  • 1356 Receiving Yards
  • 17.8 Receiving Yards per Reception
  • 14 Receiving Touchdowns

9. Jaylon Ferguson – DE

Jaylon-Ferguson

Louisiana Tech | Senior (RS) | NFL Rank: 94

2017 stats:

  • 25 Solo Tackles
  • 13 Assisted Tackles
  • 38 Total Tackles
  • 12.5 Tackles for Loss
  • 7 Sacks

10. Corbin Kaufusi – DE

Corbin-Kaufusi

BYU | Senior (RS) | NFL Rank: 109

2017 stats:

  • 36 Solo Tackles
  • 31 Assisted Tackles
  • 67 Total Tackles
  • 7.5 Tackles for Loss
  • 6 Sacks

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