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2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Centers
Utah State C Tyler Larsen
Utah State C Tyler Larsen
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 8, 2013


CFN's Top 30 Players of 2013 By Position - The Centers


Preview 2013

Player Rankings - Centers


Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects.

2013 CFN Preseason Player Rankings  
Preview 2013 | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
Tight Ends | Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers
Cornerbacks | Safeties | Punters | Placekickers | Returners 

1. Gabe Ikard, Sr. Oklahoma
The star of the line show is Ikard, a 6-3, 298-pound center who started most of last season earning all-star honors as a smart, athletic and quick option for the interior. The former guard spent the year at center, and while he’s not a blaster of a run blocker, he’s technically sound and should be a sure-thing all-star.

2. Tyler Larsen, Sr. Utah State
Larsen is a technician who has grown into his frame getting up to an NFL-sized 6-4 and 312 pounds with next level potential as both a guard and a center. A special quarterback for the line, he’s great at walling off his man blasting away when needed. A smart veteran, he has been the main man up front over the last three years and should be in for a dominant final season.

3. Hroniss Grasu, Jr. Oregon
Grasu was named First Team All-Pac-12, and was an unsung hero of the 2012 offense. Mature and poised well beyond his years, he brings a quarterback’s demeanor to the trenches, directing traffic and making the correct pre-snap reads. The 6-3, 294-pound Grasu is on his way to contending for some of the top individual honors for a center, such as the Rimington Trophy and a spot on the All-American team.

4. Travis Swanson, Sr. Arkansas
6-5, 314-pound senior Travis Swanson returns for his fourth straight season as the starter. The Second Team All-SEC performer is a good leader with great size for the position, and while he’s a bit tall and built more like a tackle, he was terrific from Day One. The anchor, this is his line and, for the most part, his offense. A team captain, he’s the one everything will be working behind in the interior.

5. Bryan Stork, Sr. Florida State
Unless he’s forced to slide outside to replace Menelik Watson at right tackle, the ultra-versatile Stork will once again man the pivot. Florida State’s version of Alabama’s Barrett Jones has started games at guard and at center, becoming the third member of the Second Team All-ACC trio in 2012. The 6-4, 312-pound Stork is a seasoned veteran, with the size and strength to overwhelm smaller opponents on the interior. Looking nothing like the former high school tight end that first arrived in Tallahassee, he’s packed on the weight without sacrificing footwork or agility.

6. Brandon Vitable, Jr. Northwestern
7. B.J. Finney, Jr. Kansas State
8. Zac Kerin, Sr. Toledo
9. Russell Bodine, Jr. North Carolina
10. Reese Dismukes, Jr. Auburn
11. Robert Kugler, Soph. Purdue
12. Russell Bodine, Jr. North Carolina
13. Jake Brendel, Soph. UCLA
14. Zac Epping, Jr. Minnesota
15. Matt Galas, Jr. Nevada
16. Marcus Martin, Jr. USC
17. Tom Farniok, Jr. Iowa State
18. Andy Gallik, Jr. Boston College
19. Robert Waterman, Jr. Nevada
20. Ryan Kelly, Soph. Alabama
21. Josh Allen, Sr. ULM
22. Macky MacPherson, Sr. Syracuse
23. Isaac Seumalo, Soph. Oregon State
24. Tom Farniok, Jr. Vanderbilt
25. Austin Blythe, Soph. Iowa
26. Austin Reiter, Jr. South Florida
27. Dillon Farrell, Sr. New Mexico
28. Dillon Day, Jr. Miss State
29. Dominic Espinosa, Jr. Texas
30. David Andrews, Jr. Georgia