Who are the players teams can’t do without in 2016?
SEC Network analyst Matt Stinchcomb took a stab at the objective with a twist. Stinchcomb ranked the most indispensable players who aren’t skill position players for 2016, and yes, Stinchcomb included a punter in his top five.
Missouri punter Corey Fatony is the only special teams player to make the cut, and he was named a Freshman All-American a year ago after setting a Mizzou record with 81 punts. He finished the season ranked first among freshmen nationally, averaging 42.9 yards per punt.
Is he indispensable? It sure looks like Stinchcomb isn’t expecting much out of Mizzou’s offense this year if the Tigers have to have Fatony punting.
Here is the analyst’s top five:
5. Dominick Sanders, DB, Georgia
4. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
3. Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
2. Corey Fatony, P, Mizzou
1. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Stinchcomb mentioned that Tennessee LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin is drawing comparisons to former Volunteer LB Al Wilson, who was key to the Vols’ 1998 BCS National Championship season. Reeves-Maybin will be the leader at the second level of Bob Shoop’s new defensive attack, and he should have a monster season.
On Carl Lawson being No. 1: “How do we know he’s indispensable? Because he’s been dispensed for the majority of his career at Auburn. He really hasn’t played since 2014…That Auburn defense needs a playmaker, and they have one in No. 55.”
You can check out Stinchcomb’s full segment on the SEC Network.
Source: Saturday Down South