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OAYP: Week Three Sun Belt Roundup

By Jim Johnson
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OAYP ranks the Top 5 SBC players at each position after week three, and gives its team of the week.

Week three is in the books, and OAYP has been fully updated to reflect the new data.

These conference roundups will be released each week detailing the most highly rated players in the league, the top performers of that week, and the ever-changing overall team strength, offensive, and defensive rankings.

The team rankings will not be included in this week’s review, as some have only played one FBS game, and the rankings are still pretty uneven. I’ll start releasing those once the numbers find a little more of an equilibrium. Stats compiled against FCS opponents, for neither teams nor individuals, are factored into the formula.

Below you’ll find OAYP’s top five players in the league at every position group. That said, only players that met the full, or at least the secondary qualifying minimums last year are included. That’s to prevent inordinate swings in the rankings. Even if someone performed extremely well in week one, a full season’s worth of 2018 data is probably more telling than that single game. For those that did not meet the minimum thresholds, my original plan was to start including them around week six, but now I’m going to begin throwing them in once they’ve made qualifying appearances in at least four FBS games, so some of them will be eligible as early as next week.

Obviously, the new 2019 data does play a role, but a smaller one, for the time being, and will continue to comprise more of each given score as the season goes on, until 2018 can justifiably be factored out.

Also of note, these scores are not only relative to each conference, but Southern Pigskin’s entire coverage area -- the ACC, SEC, and Sun Belt. With that large a player pool, any particularly strong or weak position groups in a given league should not affect the marginal scores.

And remember, tiers are more useful than straight up rankings. The rule of thumb I’ve been using is: <-1.0 is a red flag, -1.0 to -0.01 is below average, 0.0 is the mean, 0.1 to 0.49 is above average, 0.5 to 1.0 is very good, 1.0 to 1.99 is a star, and 2.0+ is a bonafide superstar, which I suppose would make the handful of 3.0+ guys aliens or something.



  1. Zac Thomas, App State 1.12
  2. Caleb Evans, ULM 0.83
  3. Shai Werts, Georgia Southern 0.32
  4. Kaleb Barker, Troy 0.31
  5. Dan Ellington, Georgia State -0.22


  1. Raymond Calais, Louisiana 2.13
  2. Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana 1.76
  3. Darrynton Evans, App State 1.28
  4. CJ Marable, Coastal Carolina 1.13
  5. Trey Ragas, Louisiana 0.9


  1. Ja'Marcus Bradley, Louisiana 1.66
  2. Kawaan Baker, South Alabama 1.17
  3. Omar Bayless, Arkansas State 0.9
  4. Jalen Virgil, App State 0.15
  5. Thomas Hennigan, App State 0.12


  1. Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina 1.11
  2. Josh Pederson, ULM 0.49
  3. Collin Reed, App State 0.4
  4. Shadell Bell, Coastal Carolina -0.17
  5. Khameron Taylor, South Alabama -0.97


  1. Robert Hunt, Louisiana 3.94
  2. Hunter Atkinson, Georgia State 1.33
  3. Eastwood Thomas, ULM 0.88
  4. Trace Ellison, ULM -0.06
  5. JL Gaston, Troy -0.31


  1. Kevin Dotson, Louisiana 4.2
  2. TJ Fiailoa, ULM 1.33
  3. Ryan Neuzil, App State 1.24
  4. Shamarious Gilmore, Georgia State 1.0
  5. Kirk Kelley, Troy 0.31


  1. Noah Hannon, App State 4.41
  2. Bobby Reynolds, ULM 1.26
  3. Jacob Still, Arkansas State 0.3
  4. Jakob Cooper, Georgia Southern -0.69
  5. Brian Ankerson, South Alabama -1.18


  1. Akeem Davis-Gaither, App State 2.39
  2. Jarvis Hayes, Troy 1.89
  3. Noel Cook, App State 1.58
  4. William Bradley-King, Arkansas State 0.6
  5. Frankie Griffin, Texas State 0.45


  1. Raymond Johnson, Georgia Southern 1.71
  2. Marcus Webb, Troy 1.39
  3. Kevin Thurmon, Arkansas State 1.38
  4. Forrest Merrill, Arkansas State 1.02
  5. Tyree Turner, South Alabama 0.97


  1. Carlton Martial, Troy 3.18
  2. Jordan Fehr, App State 1.42
  3. Bryan London, Texas State 1.16
  4. Rashad Byrd, Georgia Southern 0.86
  5. Nikolas Daniels, Texas State 0.52


  1. Jerry Jacobs, Arkansas State 1.43
  2. Monquavion Brinson, Georgia Southern 1.28
  3. Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern 1.19
  4. Anthony Taylor, Texas State 0.85
  5. Jarron Morris, Texas State 0.79


  1. Desmond Franklin, App State 2.15
  2. Josh Thomas, App State 2.14
  3. Jashon Waddy, Texas State 0.75
  4. BJ Edmonds, Arkansas State 0.69
  5. Darreon Jackson, Arkansas State 0.41



QB -- Kaleb Barker, Troy
RB -- Tra Barnett, Georgia State
RB -- Caleb Twyford, Texas State
WR -- Khalil McClain, Troy
WR -- Kawaan Baker, South Alabama
WR -- Kaylon Geiger, Troy
TE -- Aubry Payne, GSU
OT -- Aaron Brewer, Texas State
OT -- Drew Wilson, Georgia Southern
OG -- Shamarious Gilmore, Georgia State
OG -- Roy Albritton, South Alabama
C -- Jakob Cooper, Georgia Southern


EDGE -- Randy Wade, Georgia Southern
EDGE -- Quin Williams, Georgia Southern
DL -- Will Choloh, Troy
DL -- Raymond Johnson, Georgia Southern
LB -- Carlton Martial, Troy
LB -- Rashad Byrd, Georgia Southern
LB -- Reynard Ellis, Georgia Southern
CB -- Jessie Liptrot, Georgia Southern
CB -- Jarron Morris, Texas State
S -- Keith Gallmon, South Alabama
S -- Kenderick Duncan, Georgia Southern
DB -- Jalen Smith, Texas State

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP