Sports Illustrated has spent the last week releasing its Top 100 college football players in the country heading into the 2017 season. Notre Dame was well represented in the list; especially considering the fact it is coming off a 4-8 season.
Notre Dame had three players selected as among the nation’s best: junior wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (No. 85), senior offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey and senior guard Quenton Nelson (No. 27).
Only eight teams had more players on the list than did Notre Dame, and one team – Penn State – also had three picks. Those nine teams had a combined 101-22 in 2016. That group includes all four playoff teams from last season and Notre Dame’s archrival USC.
Alabama led with nine players in the Top 100 while defending national champion Clemson was tied with Florida State, Washington and USC for second with six selections. Ohio State, Oklahoma and Auburn each had four players selected while Penn State and Notre Dame both had three players on the list.
Nelson was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 offensive guard, behind Washington State’s Cody O’Connell. McGlinchey was rated as the No. 3 offensive tackle, behind Connor Williams of Texas and Orlando Brown of Oklahoma. Nelson was listed as the third best offensive lineman in the entire country regardless of position while McGlinchey was sixth.
St. Brown was ranked as the ninth best wide receiver in the country.
Notre Dame’s opponents were well represented on the list as well.
USC was the only 2017 opponent with more Top 100 selections than Notre Dame. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold was named the No. 11 player in the country and junior linebacker Cameron Smith was surprisingly rated as the No. 16 player.
Other Trojans to make the list were junior cornerback Iman Marshall (No. 46), junior running back Ronald Jones II (No. 92) junior linebacker Porter Gustin (No. 96) and senior receiver Deontay Barnett (No. 98).
Georgia had two players ranked in the Top 100. Senior running back Nick Chubb was ranked No. 66 overall and junior defensive tackle Trenton Thompson ranked No. 62.
Boston College, NC State, Miami (Fla.), Wake Forest and Stanford all had one player chosen in the Top 100.
Boston College senior end Harold Landry was ranked as the nation’s No. 9 player. He is the highest ranked opponent on Notre Dame’s 2017 schedule. NC State senior end Bradley Chubb was ranked No. 14, Miami (Fla.) wide receiver Ahmonn Richards ranked No. 56, Wake Forest senior end Duke Ejiofor ranked No. 65 and Stanford cornerback Quenton Meeks ranked No. 87.
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