Going over every list of college athletes is not one of my favorite parts of this job. However when Sports Illustrated listed their Top 100 players, I took notice. Where would this respectable sports outlet put Boston College defensive end Harold Landry? Yesterday they had all but the Top 20 listed and he was no where to be found. That was because when they released their final list today, Harold Landry came in at #9.
“To borrow from the lexicon of Boston College coach Steve Addazio, Landry is a dude among dudes—that is to say, a budding superstar on the edge of the Eagles’ sturdy defense. He led the nation in both sacks (a BC-record 16.5) and forced fumbles (seven) in 2016 as his unit tied a school record for total sacks and finished top 10 in yards allowed and tackles for loss. Landry closes and connects in the backfield like a well-trained safety—or at least like someone slighter than his listed 6’3”, 250-pound frame. His decision to return for his senior season truly stacks the field of top-flight ACC Defensive Player of the Year candidates. — ES”
Can’t help but get excited to see what the senior will do this season. If you were curious who was ranked ahead of Landry, the rest of the Top 10 is below.
10. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
9. Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
8. Connor Williams, OT, Texas
7. Arden Key, LB, LSU
6. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
5. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
4. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
3. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
2. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
- Derwin James, S, Florida State