ESPN Names The SEC’s No. 1 Player In 2018

first_imgJarrett Stidham pumps his fist after a big play for the Auburn Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after a touchdown during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)With only a few weeks left before the start of the college football season, ESPN has rolled out its list of the 50 best players in the country. The SEC is generally considered the best conference in the country on a year-to-year basis, but it takes a while before we hit the top player from that league: Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham.Stidham played his first season at Auburn last fall, and it was a pretty strong campaign.The former Baylor quarterback threw for 3,158 yards, 18 touchdowns, and six interceptions in 2017-18. He added four touchdowns on the ground.Stidham led Auburn to the SEC West title, and a Peach Bowl berth in his first year as starter. Now, ESPN says he’s the best player in the SEC entering this year, and the No. 10 player in college football.From ESPN’s college football player rankings on Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham:After a somewhat slow start to his first season at Auburn, the former Baylor transfer still threw for 3,158 yards and 18 touchdowns. With a year under his belt and more control at the line of scrimmage, his numbers could climb.With that strong finish to the regular season, there were some Auburn fans concerned that Stidham could jump to the NFL.Of course, with Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson, it was a very strong draft class at the quarterback position. Shortly after the Peach Bowl loss to UCF, he made the likely-wise decision to come back for another year and improve his stock.Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa comes in exactly one spot behind Stidham, despite significantly less game experience. It won’t surprise many if he ends up much higher on this list next year.The No. 1 player on ESPN’s list doesn’t play in the Power Five at all. Houston’s Ed Oliver comes out on top, and after two dominant seasons for the Cougars, it is hard to argue with it.[ESPN]last_img read more

President assures he will be impartial on the SAITM issue

He requested all medical students to engage in their studies without boycotting lectures. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will not allow any injustice to happen to the medical students of universities due to the SAITM Private Medical College in Malambe.“As the President of the country I am not partial to any party in this issue. I will bring justice to every student while being impartial. I will have discussions with all relevant parties and solve this problem through a reasonable program which everybody can accept,” he said. The President was addressing a public meeting held today in the Town Hall Playground in Thalawakele. He vested the new village Hutvilpura in Nuwara Eliya with public. “We cannot let the children who are to take over the future of the country, to be misled by groups with vested interests. The Government fulfill its responsibility to open the ways for the students to win the competitive world in a fair society,” the President stated.He said action will be taken to enhance the quality and standards of the free education by strengthening it by supplying the required facilities for all universities. He also pointed out on the importance to establish educational institutes with quality and standards to solve the problems of the students who are unable to enter into universities but are qualified for such education. (Colombo Gazette) read more