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Lets just cut out all the drumroll surrounding who the best player in the country has been after eight weeks -- the answer is Lamar Jackson, ?just as it was after four weeks. Boyd Gordon Jersey .We asked 10 writers to grade players from across the country on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best performance possible. Jacksons total: 10 perfect scores.After the Louisville quarterback, though, things got interesting ... and very Alabama-heavy. Here are our experts top 50 players after eight weeks.Lamar Jackson Louisville Cardinals Sophomore | Quarterback Score: 10.0 Previous rank: 1Jackson has scored 34 total touchdowns and has done nothing to tamp down the Heisman hype surrounding him. He is averaging over 100 yards rushing and over 300 yards passing per game, and he ranks No. 2 in the nation in total offense (438.4 yards per game). -- Andrea AdelsonJabrill Peppers Michigan Wolverines Junior | Linebacker Score: 9.6 Previous rank: 4Not only can Michigans do-it-all redshirt sophomore affect a game from almost anywhere on the field, he can do it on almost any play. On offense, defense and special teams, the linebacker keeps opponents on edge by consistently being one spin move or quick burst from scoring. -- Dan MurphyJonathan Allen Alabama Crimson Tide Senior | Defensive lineman? Score: 9.5 Previous rank: 6 Given his size and ability to play inside, hes not just a pass-rusher. But since the beginning of last season, he ranks in the top five nationally in sacks with 18. -- Alex ScarboroughJake Browning Washington Huskies Sophomore | Quarterback Score: 9.45 Previous rank: 43The sophomore leads Power 5 quarterbacks in passer efficiency (199.6) and has kept the offense running smoothly this season. Browning has completed 68.6 percent of his passes and thrown for 26 touchdowns against just two interceptions. -- Chantel JenningsDonnel Pumphrey San Diego State Aztecs Senior | Running back Score: 9.4 Previous rank: 27Pumphrey leads all FBS running backs with 1,246 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 191 carries and 34 rushes of 10-plus yards. He has converted 71.4 percent of his third-down rushes. -- Chantel JenningsDerek Barnett Tennessee Volunteers Junior | Defensive end Score: 9.35 Previous rank: 10 Barnett has been one of the SECs best overall players with six sacks (all in SEC play), 11.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, three passes defended, one interception and two forced fumbles. Both of those forced fumbles led to Tennessee touchdowns. -- Edward AschoffMyles Garrett Texas A&M Aggies Junior | Defensive lineman Score: 9.3 Previous rank: 3A lower leg injury suffered in late September has slowed the elite defensive end down some, but Garrett remains productive, leading the Aggies in both sacks (four) and tackles for loss (9.5) to go with seven quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. -- Sam Khan Jr.Deshaun Watson Clemson Tigers Junior | Quarterback Score: 9.25 Previous rank: 23Entering the year, Watson was the odds-on pick for the Heisman, and while some of that luster has worn off, he still has his Tigers at the top of the ACC and eyeing a playoff berth. And while the offense hasnt always been sharp, Watson is actually ahead of last years pace as a passer, throwing for 1,950 yards and 20 touchdowns through seven games. -- David M. HaleDede Westbrook Oklahoma Sooners Senior | Wide receiver Score: 9.2 Previous: Unranked Westbrook has rolled up 776 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns over OUs last four games, shattering school records in both categories over such a span. Hes now one of only two Sooners ever to record multiple 200-yard receiving games. And despite playing only a season and a half in Norman, hes already 12th in OU history in career receiving yards. -- Jake TrotterTim Williams Alabama Crimson Tide Senior | Linebacker Score: 9.15 Previous: Unranked Youre not going to find a more dangerous pass-rusher off the edge. On third down, with his ears pinned back, Williams is an absolute blur. Mixing speed with strength, the senior leads Alabama with 6.5 sacks. -- Alex ScarboroughReuben Foster Alabama Crimson Tide Senior | Linebacker Score: 9.1 Previous: Unranked The quarterback of one of the best defenses in the country, the ultra-athletic senior leads Alabama with 53 total tackles. -- Alex ScarboroughRaekwon McMillan Ohio State Buckeyes Junior | Linebacker Score: 9.05 Previous rank: 14The juniors numbers may be down a bit, but he remains the linchpin for one of the nations best defenses. McMillan rarely misses a tackle, and his leadership with so many first-time starters around him is invaluable. -- Austin WardTeez Tabor Florida Gators Junior | Defensive back Score: 9.0 Previous rank: 22Its a shame he isnt a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Tabor has taken full advantage of the few passes thrown his way, defending five passes with four interceptions, including one going back for a touchdown against Missouri. -- Edward AschoffMinkah Fitzpatrick Alabama Crimson Tide Sophomore | Defensive back Score: 8.95 Previous: Unranked Hes still just a sophomore, but Fitzpatrick is arguably the most versatile Alabama defensive back given his ability to play both cornerback and nickel back. He leads the team with three interceptions and five pass breakups. -- Alex ScarboroughDalvin Cook Florida State Seminoles Junior | Running back Score: 8.9 Previous rank: 19A slow start and the criticisms that followed fueled Cook to the best four-game stretch over his career. The past four games, hes rushed for 672 yards and totaled five touchdowns. No Power 5 running back has more than his 900 rushing yards. An improved receiver, he leads all Power 5 players with 1,256 scrimmage yards. -- Jared ShankerChristian Wilkins Clemson Tigers Sophomore | Defensive lineman Score: 8.85 Previous rank: 30Its not often a 300-pounder gets labeled an all-around athlete, but thats been Wilkins this year. Hes played tight end and fullback, caught a TD pass and run for a first down on a fake punt. He stars on special teams and has blocked a field goal. And when Clemson needed a pass-rusher following an injury to starter Austin Bryant in camp, Wilkins slid from tackle to end. Hes racked up a team-high 8.5 tackles for loss since. -- David M. HaleJourdan Lewis Michigan Wolverines Senior | Cornerback Score: 8.8 Previous: Unranked Michigans top cover corner is back to top form after missing the first few weeks of the season with nagging injuries. His Jumpman-mimicking interception against Wisconsin may be his only major highlight so far this year, but his suffocating defense on every snap has helped the Wolverines hold opposing quarterbacks to six combined completions in their past two games. -- Dan MurphyEddie Jackson Alabama Crimson Tide Senior | Defensive back Score: 8.75 Previous rank: 18He was arguably Alabamas best playmaker until a fractured leg ended his season. Alabamas 12 non-offensive touchdowns have been the buzz of 2016, and Jackson had three of them -- two via punt return and one on a pick-six. -- Alex ScarboroughArden Key LSU Tigers Sophomore | Defensive end Score: 8.7 Previous rank: 7 In a conference loaded with dynamic pass-rushers, Key arguably has been the SECs best. He leads the league and is tied for third nationally with eight sacks in seven games. -- David ChingMalik Hooker Ohio State Buckeyes Sophomore | Defensive back Score: 8.65 Previous rank: 21 One of the biggest mysteries coming into the season, the redshirt sophomore safety has rapidly emerged as one of the nations most dynamic playmakers. With as many interceptions as tackles for loss (four), Hooker has been a factor all over the field for the Buckeyes. -- Austin WardZach Cunningham Vanderbilt Commodores Junior | Linebacker Score: 8.6 Previous: Unranked As we hit the homestretch, Cunningham leads the SEC with 85 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss. His signature moment came against Georgia when he made a game-clinching tackle on fourth down. -- Greg OstendorfPatrick Mahomes II Texas Tech Junior | Quarterback Score: 8.55 Previous rank: 28The nations most prolific passer is up to 3,550 total yards and 35 total touchdowns after his jaw-dropping 819-yard performance against Oklahoma. Hed be firmly in the Heisman Trophy conversation right now if Tech were winning more games. -- Max OlsonEjuan Price Pittsburgh Panthers Senior | Defensive lineman Score: 8.5 Previous: Unranked Price is making the most of his sixth year at Pitt, as he leads the nation in sacks (nine) and is fourth nationally in tackles for loss (13), in addition to forcing three fumbles. These numbers are all the more impressive considering all of the double-teams Price has seen in light of a season-ending injury to fellow end Dewayne Hendrix. -- Matt FortunaDesmond King Iowa Hawkeyes Senior | Defensive back Score: 8.45 Previous rank: 15The reigning Thorpe Award winner for nations best defensive back remains a force, even as fewer teams throw in his direction. Two weeks ago, he returned an interception against Purdue 41 yards for a touchdown, proving once again why its a mistake to test him. -- Jesse TempleJ.T. Barrett Ohio State Buckeyes Junior | Quarterback Score: 8.4 Previous rank: 5 Records continue to fall for him, but lately the Buckeyes have hit a rut on offense thanks to some issues at wide receiver and with pass protection. Still, nobody seems to make more out of tough situations than Barrett, who already has accounted for 23 touchdowns. -- Austin WardJalen Hurts Alabama Crimson Tide Freshman | Quarterback Score: 8.35 Previous: Unranked Give the frosh some Heisman love, as hes perfected the zone-read at Alabama with 2,070 total yards of offense and 20 touchdowns. Hes completed 62.7 percent of his passes against ranked opponents and is averaging 65.1 rushing yards per game this season. --?Edward AschoffDeMarcus Walker Florida State Seminoles Senior | Defensive end Score: 8.3 Previous rank: 11The decision to come back for his senior season is paying dividends for Walker, who nearly opted to declare for the draft after a junior season with 10.5 sacks. Through seven games this year, Walker has 8.5 sacks, which ranks second nationally. He had 4.5 sacks against Ole Miss alone, which put him in a category with the likes of Jadeveon Clowney and Ndamukong Suh. -- Jared ShankerBudda Baker Washington Huskies Junior | Defensive back Score: 8.25 Previous: Unranked The junior has been a leader for the tough Washington defense, contributing all over the field -- 31 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, one forced fumble. --Chantel JenningsCarl Lawson Auburn Tigers Junior | Defensive lineman Score: 8.2 Previous rank: 20For the first time since 2013, Lawson has yet to miss a game. It should come as no surprise, then, that fully healthy hes among the SEC leaders with eight tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries. -- Greg OstendorfBaker Mayfield Oklahoma Sooners Junior | Quarterback Score: 8.15 Previous: UnrankedAfter a slow start -- by his standards -- that all but derailed his Heisman candidacy, the junior has outperformed all quarterbacks nationally over the past four weeks. In Big 12 play, he leads the nation in passing yardage, touchdown passes and QBR. -- Mitch ShermanJamal Adams LSU Tigers Junior | Defensive back Score: 8.1 Previous: UnrankedAdams continues to play a Tyrann Mathieu-like role for LSUs defense, frequently making big plays that turn games in the Tigers favor. Second-half disruptive plays by Adams helped LSU slam the door on each of their past two opponents. -- David ChingPat Elflein Ohio State Buckeyes Senior | Offensive lineman Score: 8.05 Previous rank: 12The decision to return for another season and move to center was a wise one for Elflein. Hes shown few problems handling snapping duties while continuing to be a physical blocker, boosting his draft stock and providing leadership for three new starters on the line. -- Austin WardAmba Etta-Tawo Syracuse Orange Senior | Wide receiver Score: 8.0 Previous: UnrankedEtta-Tawo has taken the ACC by storm in his one and only year after moving over as a graduate transfer from Maryland. Etta-Tawo is second nationally in receiving yards (1,074), tied for fourth in receptions (66) and leads the ACC with seven touchdown receptions. His six 100-yard games this season place him fifth on Syracuses career list. -- Matt FortunaEvan Engram Ole Miss Rebels Senior | Tight end Score: 7.95 Previous rank: 16Before Saturdays clunker against LSU, Engram was averaging six catches for 98 yards per game. Even after Saturday, he still leads all SEC players -- both wide receivers and tight ends -- with 605 receiving yards on the season. ?-- Greg OstendorfBen Boulware Clemson Tigers Senior | Linebacker Score: 7.9 Previous rank: 25Boulware has come to be known for his relentless play throughout the course of his career, and this season is no different. He ranks No. 3 in the ACC in tackles per game (9.5), while adding six pressures and two forced fumbles. -- Andrea AdelsonT.J. Watt Wisconsin Badgers Junior | Linebacker Score: 7.85 Previous: UnrankedWatts ascension has been remarkable for a guy who has played only linebacker for about 15 months after moving over from tight end. He ranks second in the Big Ten in sacks, fourth in tackles for loss and continues to improve every game. Scary. -- Jesse TempleEthan Pocic LSU Tigers Senior | Offensive lineman Score: 7.8 Previous: UnrankedPocic is back at center after temporarily shifting to tackle to help LSU cope with injury issues. The seniors mental acuity is extremely valuable to the Tigers, as are his versatility and impressive agility for a 6-foot-7 center. -- David ChingChad Hansen California Golden Bears Junior | Wide receiver Score: 7.75 Previous rank: 44Hansen sat out last week against Oregon with an injury, but he still ranks in the top 15 in FBS in receptions (ninth, 59 catches), touchdowns (12th, eight touchdowns) and receiving yards (15th, 770 yards). -- Chantel JenningsLeonard Fournette LSU Tigers Junior | Running back Score: 7.7 Previous rank: 24The man misses a month and then immediately shatters LSUs single-game rushing record with 284 yards in his return. And get this: Fournette says his ankle was not fully healthy and that he was out of shape against Ole Miss. -- David ChingCalvin Ridley Alabama Crimson Tide Sophomore | Wide receiver Score: 7.65 Previous rank: 29For four games this season, hes essentially been a decoy with less than 30 yards receiving per contest. And still, despite that, he ranks fourth in the SEC in receiving yards with 504. As true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts becomes more comfortable as a passer, Ridleys numbers should improve. -- Alex ScarboroughAdoree Jackson USC Trojans Junior | Defensive back Score: 7.6 Preseason rank: 31Jackson continues to be one of the most dynamic players in the country. His stat line is a testament to that: 34 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, 11 punt returns (171 yards, one touchdown) and 11 kick returns (349 yards, one touchdown). -- Chantel JenningsCam Robinson Alabama Crimson Tide Junior | Offensive lineman Score: 7.55 Previous: UnrankedRobinson probably would admit that he hasnt been as consistent as hed like, but Robinson still projects as a top-20 draft pick. Hes helped Alabama average an SEC-high 108.8 rushing yards to the left side per game against Power 5 opponents. -- Edward AschoffJames Washington Oklahoma State Cowboys Junior | Wide receiver Score: 7.5 Previous rank: 41Few receivers are more explosive. Just ask Pitt, against which Washington caught six passes for 228 yards -- all in the first half. With 740 receiving yards on 37 catches this fall as a junior, he has etched a spot among the OSU pass-catching greats. -- Mitch ShermanCarlos Watkins Clemson Tigers Senior | Defensive line Score: 7.45 Previous: UnrankedFew interior linemen are as disruptive as Watkins, who ranks second among ACC defensive tackles with 4.5 sacks and has been an anchor on a defensive line that has allowed just 2.01 yards per rush between the tackles this season, the fifth-best rate in the Power 5. More than his on-field performance, however, Clemsons coaches have raved about Watkins leadership role on a line playing numerous inexperienced players. -- David M. HaleTrayveon Williams Texas A&M Aggies Freshman | Running back Score: 7.4 Previous: UnrankedThe true freshman has been one of the SECs surprise players, emerging as one of the conferences most productive backs. Hes second in the conference in rushing yards per game (103.9), third in yards per carry (7.99) and is third in total rushing yards (727) despite averaging only 13 carries per game. -- Sam KhanSaquon Barkley Penn State Nittany Lions Sophomore | Running back Score: 7.35 Previous: UnrankedDespite running behind one of the worst offensive lines in the Big Ten, Barkley remains one of the conferences best. Only three backs in the Power 5 have rushed for more than Barkleys eight touchdowns. -- Josh MoyerLuke Falk Washington State Cougars Junior | Quarterback Score: 7.3 Previous: UnrankedFalk leads the nation in pass completion percentage (72.7), which is tough to do when considering that he has attempted 348 passes. He has thrown for 19 touchdowns and 24 passes of 20-plus yards. -- Chantel JenningsMontravius Adams Auburn Tigers Senior | Defensive lineman Score: 7.25 Previous: UnrankedCarl Lawson might get more attention on Auburns defensive line, but dont forget about Adams. The senior defensive tackle has 44 tackles, including three for loss. Plus, hes also forced two fumbles and returned another for a touchdown. -- Greg OstendorfSeth Russell Baylor Bears Senior | Quarterback Score: 7.2 Previous rank: 34Russell is flying under the radar a little this season despite an undefeated start and solid numbers (1,772 total yards, 21 touchdowns), but that should change soon now that Baylor has some huge ballgames coming up. -- Max OlsonGreg Ward Jr. Houston Cougars Senior | Quarterback Score: 7.1 Previous rank: 8The senior is having his best season as a passer with a career-high 69.3 percent completion rate (seventh best in the FBS), 2,179 yards and 13 touchdown passes, both of which are on pace to surpass his career bests. Hes still one of the nations best rushing quarterbacks, averaging 59.6 yards per game on the ground (12th best nationally). -- Sam Khan Edmonton Oilers Jerseys . 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He threw the ball great.When he last started at Toronto on June 12, Jimenez allowed five runs and six hits in 1/3 of an inning, the shortest start of his career.Whatever happened to me in the past, I dont even think about that, Jimenez said. If you get stuck in the past, youre not going to be able to move on. Whether its good or bad, you have to find a way to look forward.The right-hander made his return a triumphant one, carving up the Blue Jays for 6 2/3 innings. The only hit he allowed was Ezequiel Carreras single to begin the first. Josh Donaldson followed with a walk but Jimenez retired the next six batters in order.Boy, he was solid, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. It was big to get a positive feeling early on. It was fun to watch him.Devon Travis walked to open the third and advanced on Carreras sacrifice, but that was the first of 11 consecutive outs for Jimenez, a streak that ended with Edwin Encarnacions two-out walk in the sixth. Jose Bautista flied out to end the inning.Jimenez (8-12) improved to 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA in five September starts. He walked three and struck out five.Donnie Hart got one out in the seventh and Brad Brach finished.The Orioles visit New York for the final weekend of the season, while the Blue Jays head to Boston to face the AL East champion Red Sox.Detroit, which was rained out Thursday, is 1 1/2 games behind the Orioles and Blue Jays.Baltimore trailed through eight innings on Wednesday before winning 3-2 on Hyun Soo Kims two-run homer in the ninth. Jussi Jokinen Jersey. Thanks to Jimenezs effort on Thursday, the Orioles have won five of six.This time of year, momentum is huge, Wieters said. Over 162 (games), momentum is going to come and go but once you start getting close to the playoffs, momentum is big. 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