SEC Top 20 Impact Freshmen - #11 - Roc Thomas - RB - Auburn

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There is no incoming true freshen in the SEC that has bigger shoes to fill than Roc Thomas.  Last season Auburn and SEC fans witness the emergence of Tre Mason as one of the best running backs in the country.  Tre Mason had that rare combination of size, speed, elusiveness and balance that made him an absolute nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators to try to stop.  When you combined that with Nick Marshall on the read option it made Auburn's rushing attack essentially impossibble to stop (just ask Missouri).

That being said, Auburn returns Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant who are capable running backs but they do not have the talent that Thomas has.  Thomas is a little bit taller than Tre Mason but has a very similar skill set.  He is a powerful downhill runner but when he gets into the open field he is tough to catch because of his combination of elusiveness and speed. 

The concerns with Thomas are that he is an early enrollee and how long it will take him to pick up the offense and ball security.  In HS he had a tendency to fumble the football and when running Malzahn's offense you need to excel at ball security.  How those two parts of his game develep will determine just how much playing time he gets.

Previously Ranked:

#12 - Jalen Hurd - RB - Tennessee Volunteers
#13 - Josh Malone - WR - Tennessee Volunteers
#14 - Nick Chubb - RB - Georgia Bulldogs
#15 - Will Grier - QB - Florida Gators
#16 - Matt Elam - DL - Kentucky Wildcats
#17 - Malkom Parrish - DB - Georgia Bulldogs
#18 - Drew Barker - QB - Kentucky Wildcats
#19- Cameron Sims - WR - Alabama Crimson Tide
#20 Jeb Blazevich - TE - Georgia Bulldogs

 

 

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