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- No. 5 – Defensive Line – Tim Keenan and Tim Smith have been difference makers. Justin Eboigbe always plays well and is generally underrated. A slimmed-down Jaheim Oatis has become more versatile. Jah-Marien Latham is quietly having a strong season and Damon Payne has also performed well.
- No. 6 – Wide Receivers – With just a few lapses, receivers not making catches has ceased to be a problem. In the case of Jermaine Burton, some of the catches have been spectacular. There is no more talk about receivers not getting enough separation from defenders. The position group has solid depth, even without Malik Benson not yet reaching his expected potential. Isaiah Bond is a game-changer. The only negative has been some blocking failures.
- No. 7 – Quarterback – This ranking is mostly based on Jalen Milroe and not any of the backup quarterbacks, where depth is a problem. Milroe’s progress has been notable, even with his accuracy problems last week against Arkansas and his tendency to make mental errors leading to sacks. He will continue to improve, but already he has shown he can win games with his arm.