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Stephon Tuitt 16th on SN list

6/20/2013

Nothing gets the debates and commentary flowing like lists, especially when it comes to college football.

The Sporting News' Matt Hayes provides all of us with an opportunity to do that this week, as he released a list of the sports' top 25 players.

Coming in at No. 16 on the list? Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt.

A strong and physical anchor end in Notre Dame’s 3-4 defense. A solid pass rusher who could become dominant with a few more moves.

Tuitt is on the list and deservedly so, though I have the same reaction as I did when reading the CFPA watch lists earlier this week: No Louis Nix?

Arizona State's Will Sutton is the only interior defensive lineman on the list, checking in at No. 6, with Hayes calling him the "best interior pass rusher in college football in more than a decade."

Sutton is one of three players on the list who are on Notre Dame's schedule this fall, joining USC's Marqise Lee, and Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

Alabama had three players on the list: AJ McCarron, T.J. Yeldon and C.J. Mosley.