5 Most Overrated Players in College Football
College football's media days are done, the preseason picks for top teams and players in.
"And why did you pick him?" we sit here scratching our heads.
A majority of these guys on this list made either Athlon Sports's first, second or third All-American teams.
Please try again if you guessed Matt Barkley, Landry Jones or Kenjon Barner. (Are you crazy or something!? Those guys are good!)
5. Geno Smith, West Virginia Quarterback The Big 12 media loves West Virginia, picking the new guys to finish second behind Oklahoma. And the reason they're going to do that is because Geno Smith, who broke WVU's single-season passing yards record last season, is back under center? Hold up, now. He's no Barkley, Jones or Tyler Wilson in terms of arm strength and his durability has been an issue. Plus, program wrecker Dana Holgorsen is Smith's coach.
4. Denard Robinson, Michigan Quarterback How is "Shoelace" a 2012 Heisman candidate? He tossed 15 oskies in 2011, a high in the Big Ten last season. And though he racked up 1,176 years on the ground, he never faced a Southeastern Conference defense. That changes on September 1 when Michigan travels to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington to face defending national champions Alabama. Good freaking luck.
3. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina Defensive End Clowney, arguably the most hyped recruit of 2011, had an impactful debut season, but folks who are picking him as the top d-end in the nation need to sllloowww down and let the kid develop.
2. Case McCoy, Texas Quarterback Why is a guy that's not even the clear-cut starter on this list? That's the thing: Colt's younger bro shouldn't be in any type of starting-quarterback debate when it's clear that David Ash should be the full-time pilot of the offense, especially after McCoy's embarrassing lack of arm strength was exposed in a 55-17 loss to Oklahoma.
1. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU Cornerback We'll give you his legit skills as a kick returner, but the junior isn't anywhere close to being a shutdown corner like his ex-teammate Morris Claiborne, now of the Dallas Cowboys. That's not going to be enough to stop analysts' love affairs with the "Honey Badger," which has become as annoying as "pin their ears back." A word to the wise: Don't make a drinking game out of "you have to drain that shot glass every time the announcers say 'Honey Badger'" because you might die of alcohol poisoning in just a few hours.
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