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Utes, Aggies Land Players On Top 100 List – BYU Left Out

Bradlee Anae #6 (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images) Jaylon Johnson #1 (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Linebacker David Woodward #9 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Sports Illustrated featured a few Utes and an Aggie on their list of the “Top 100 College Football Players”  but no Cougars made the list.

“It’s dang independence rearing its ugly head again,” said Jason Buck, former BYU defensive end on Rivals Podcast when his co-host informed him of the snub, “you get no national media recognition.”

Scott Mitchell and Jason Buck, hosts of Rivals Podcast, aired their grievances and praises of the list on their most recent episode.



The University of Utah football team landed four players on the list.

  • Zack Moss, RB, came in at 88
  • Leki Fotu, DL, came in at 77
  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, came in at 51
  • Bradlee Anae, DL, came in at 22

Moss was injured for a large part of last season. Mitchell thinks that is a big reason he is the lowest-ranked Ute.

“Zack Moss is a special running back… he was able to find holes in very small spaces…there are some guys who always find a way to make some people miss,” said Mitchell.

Two defensive linemen for Utah made the list, Anae and Fotu, Mitchell said the reason they are ranked higher than Moss is because of the national recognition Utah’s entire defensive line is getting.

“Jaylon Johnson might be the top pro prospect at Utah, he is a talent at cornerback,” said Mitchell.

Buck commented it is great recognition for a defensive back to get that high of a ranking.

Utah State

The Utah State Aggies landed one player on the list.

  • David Woodward, LB, came in at 80

Woodward is going into his junior year. He walked away from last season with five sacks and two interceptions.

On the podcast, Buck was shocked to learn that Utah State star quarterback Jordan Love didn’t make the list.

“I think he is the best quarterback in the state right now,” said buck.

Love recently participated in the Manning Passing Academy where he got to workout with Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning.

Love is entering his junior season with Utah State after throwing for 3,567 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. He was named second-team All-Mountain West. In their bowl game win over North Texas, Love threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns in the Aggies’ dominating 52-13 win.


Buck blames independence, or not being part of a conference when it comes to Sports Illustrated snubbing BYU.

When asked which BYU player belongs on the list Buck said Zach Wilson, their young quarterback.

Mitchell said Wilson will make the list next year if he stays healthy.

Listen to the entire discussion on Rivals Podcast below.

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  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

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