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Penn State 2019 Top 10 Players Voting Breakdown

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Take a close look at our full staff voting for Penn State’s top 10 players heading into the fall.

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We hope you enjoyed our annual preseason top 10, which commenced with defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos as Penn State’s top player heading into the 2019 season — something that came as a surprise to absolutely no one.

With the countdown behind us, we share the full results of our staff vote. As a reminder, each staff member submits their own top 10 list. 10 points are given for a first place vote, nine for a second place vote and so on. Below are the full results of the 10 ballots that were submitted:

  1. DE Yetur Gross-Matos - 99
  2. LB Micah Parsons - 82
  3. WR/KR KJ Hamler - 79
  4. TE Pat Freiermuth - 72
  5. CB Tariq Castro Fields - 48
  6. LB Cam Brown - 36
    DT Robert Windsor - 36
  7. CB John Reid - 33
  8. G Steven Gonzalez - 16
  9. P Blake Gillikin - 15
    QB Sean Clifford - 15
  10. S Garrett Taylor - 11
  11. RB Ricky Slade - 7
  12. C Michal Menet - 1

Takeaways:

-This was a peculiar year, as we had two ties. Brown and Windsor tied for number six, leading to several angry responses from readers who thought we upright skipped number seven on the countdown (and yes, we addressed this at the very top of the article). Because of the tie between Clifford and Gillikin at #10, we technically held a top 11 countdown.

-Only 14 players received votes. While this seems low, it was just one fewer than the 2018 postseason countdown.

-Gross-Matos received top billing on all but one ballot. Parsons was the only other player to be ranked #1.

-Gross-Matos, Parsons, Hamler and Freiermuth appeared on all 10 ballots. Castro-Fields, Cam Brown and John Reid each appeared on nine of 10 ballots.

-Of the 14 players receiving votes, seven are on defense, six are on the offensive side of the ball and one is on special teams.

-Offensive tackle was the only position group not to receive any votes.

With all of this in mind, we have two key questions for our loyal BSD readers:

  1. What are your main disagreements with our rankings?
  2. Which player not currently listing do you see shooting up the list by the end of the 2019 season?