Kendall Fuller Ranked T-54th In ESPN’s Top 100 CFB Rank


Sep 6, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is tackled by Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) after a short gain at Ohio Stadium. Virginia Tech won the game 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the 2014 season, Kendall Fuller was seen as one of the best cornerbacks in all of college football. Fuller earned multiple recognition including Preseason All-American first and second team appearances, and a spot on the Preseason All-ACC team.

Fuller shined this season with 54 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 15 pass breakups. Fuller was quite impressive this past season and the postseason honors came quickly as he was named All-ACC First Team by both the media and the coaches. What has made his season more impressive is the fact that he played with a broken wrist this past season.

Then, Fuller started to receive some more significant honors as he was named to multiple All-American teams. The Associated Press and Athlon Sports named Fuller to their All-American Third Team while the FWAA, Walter Camp Foundation, Fox Sports, and USA Today all named Fuller to their All-American Second Team.

Fuller was ranked as the 22nd best ACC player by ESPN’s ACC Blog in what was definitely a wrongful ranking. However, ESPN as a whole came through to give Fuller a spot he is much more worthy of.

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The ESPN Top 100 CFB Rank ranked Kendall Fuller tied for 54th along with UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks and Oregon running back Royce Freeman. Fuller was ranked tied for 37th in the preseason and while the drop may be disappointing, this ranking is the latest proof of how good Fuller is.

Fuller was one of the best cornerbacks in the country this past season, and will certainly be a Preseason First Team All-American by most, if not all major sports publications before next season. Fuller will also likely be ranked in the top 25 to 30 of ESPN’s Top 100 as one of college football’s best defensive players.

Fuller is a tremendous man-to-man cornerback that Bud Foster can rely on in one-on-one matchups against just about every top receiver in the country. Fuller is a great athlete with very good ball hawking skills that allow him to break up some passes that very few cornerbacks would be able to.

Next season could be Fuller’s final season in Blacksburg as he looks like a potential top-10 to 15 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft if it were to happen today. Fuller definitely has the potential to go down as arguably the greatest cornerback to play for the Hokies especially if he finishes the 2015 season as a First Team All-American.

Kendall Fuller was one of the best cornerbacks in the country this past season, and is absolutely worthy of this recognition.

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