If you watch the college football odds, there are a few players over the last decade that you have kept an eye on. With the recent announcement that you can include college players in your fantasy football league, it’s time to revisit the best players on your list. Here are some of the best players in college football from the last decade.
Only one of Cam Newton’s collegiate seasons occurred in the last decade, but it was unquestionably his most remarkable. Newton transferred to the Auburn Tigers after spending two years with the Florida Gators. In his debut and only season in Alabama, he threw for 30 touchdowns and over 2,800 yards while also gaining another 21 touchdowns and 1,515 yards from scrimmage. He topped the country in passing yards per attempt, adjusted passing yards per attempt, and touchdowns responsible. Newton also led the Tigers to a flawless season and a BCS National Championship victory over the Oregon Ducks in the program’s first BCS National Championship.
The oldest of the two Bosa brothers, Joey Bosa, was an Ohio State defensive line member from 2013 to 2015. He has 101 solo tackles, 51 tackles for loss, and 26.0 sacks during that time. He was named consensus All-America the following year before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers.
Jameis Winston was famed for his talent. Winston was one of the most outstanding quarterbacks in college football in recent memory. As a rookie, he threw for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns while topping the country in passing yards per attempt and passing efficiency rating to win the 2013 BCS National Championship Game and the Heisman Trophy. He turned pro following a successful 2014 season.
Manti Te’o was one of the most talented linebackers to play for Notre Dame in the last decade. The Hawaiian standout has 212 solo tackles and 437 total tackles in four seasons with the Fighting Irish. Te’o and Notre Dame advanced to the national championship game during his senior year before being defeated by the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Tua Tagovailoa played three seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, during which time he captured the world of college football. The Hawaiian sensation backed up second-year starter Jalen Hurts as a true freshman. When Hurts faltered in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship against the Georgia Bulldogs, Tagovailoa supplied the heroics that fueled a come-from-behind victory, throwing a 41-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime. Tagovailoa was then chosen as the starter for Nick Saban’s team. His 2018 season was one to remember, as he passed for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns with only six interceptions, finishing second in Heisman Trophy voting. Consequently, he only appeared in nine games during his junior season, but now has turned pro and is feeling the pressure of playing in the pro circuit.
Jabrill Peppers, a do-it-all standout for the Michigan Wolverines, saw action on offense, defense, and special squads for Jim Harbaugh’s teams in 2014, 2015, and 2016. His senior season, by far his most remarkable, comprised 66 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, an interception on defense, 167 yards rushing on offense, and a special teams average of 14.8 yards per punt return. Peppers placed second in Heisman Trophy voting and was drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft due to his exceptional all-around performance.
Baker Mayfield, the Oklahoma Sooners’ rowdy, outspoken quarterback, began his outstanding collegiate career as a walk-on at Texas Tech. He transferred after winning a starting spot with the Red Raiders and assumed primary throwing duties in Norman in 2015. He passed for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns as the Sooners’ starting quarterback in his debut season, and he only got better from there. Mayfield finished third in Heisman Trophy voting with 3,965 yards and 40 touchdowns during his junior year after topping the nation in pass completion %, passing yards per attempt, and passing efficiency rating.
Quinnen Williams, a defensive lineman for the Alabama Crimson Tide, had a strong rookie season, recording 20 tackles and two sacks for the Crimson Tide’s fourth national title in seven years. On the other hand, Williams had a breakout season in 2018, earning a unanimous All-America nod after racking up 71 tackles (including 19.5 for loss) and ten sacks. He graduated from Tuscaloosa with two years of eligibility remaining and was taken third overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Throughout the 2013 season, Roberto Aguayo, one of the finest kickers in college football history, was vital in the Florida State Seminoles’ national title campaign. With a perfect 94 for the season, he led the country in extra-point attempts, extra-point made, and extra-point percentage. That year, Aguayo also had an ACC-best 21 field goals on 22 shots, giving him a season field goal percentage of 95.5 percent. Despite a decrease in his sophomore and junior seasons, he concluded his career with the most incredible career field goal percentage in ACC history at 88.5 percent and a flawless 100 percent extra point conversion rate over 198 attempts. He chose to forego his senior year of high school to join the NFL.
Zane Gonzalez, like Aguayo, dominated college football in the middle of the decade. Gonzalez missed only five of 209 extra-point attempts and 20 of 116 field goals in four years at Arizona State. He made more field goals as a freshman than any other kicker in the country. He owns the NCAA record for both, with 116 field goal attempts and 96 field goals.
Were there a few players that caught your attention? If you were looking for more players for your fantasy football, look no further. These are the best players college football has had to offer in the past decade.