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Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:05 am
 
For those of you who had read my old blog, you probably remember some of the staples. One of them was the weekly Top 10 list. This week's version: The 10 most exciting players in college football.


1-Denard Robinson, Michigan, QB: He was spectacular last year, shouldering a staggering amount of the Wolverines offense in 2010. The offense has been revamped with the coaching change in Ann Arbor, but Robinson he proved, once again, how spectacular he is when he sparked Michigan's dramatic comeback against Notre Dame last week. In that frenetic rally, Robinson accounted for a mind-boggling 226 of his team's 229 yards in the fourth quarter. As amazing as that was, we have come to expect the spectacular from him. And this is why he is 'Must-See' TV no matter who the Wolverines play.


2-T.Y. Hilton, FIU, WR-KR: No longer the best-kept secret in college football, Hilton, who almost signed with WVU, promised that he'd 'take one to the house' the first time he touched a ball in a college game (he did) and he's been making big plays for the Panthers ever since. Just ask Louisville or anyone watching their Friday night game about this guy's burst. Hilton made a team from a much bigger conference look like they were high schoolers as he blew past them.


3-De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, RB: Chip Kelly's big get out of Southern California has been a big name in L.A. football for years on the prep scene. Thomas had a rocky debut against LSU, but bounced back in remarkable fashion, burning Nevada for two plays of 60-plus yards in Week 2. I know that LaMichael James and Cliff Harris have done more, but it's Thomas and his blazing speed and dizzying moves who is generating some buzz as we just begin to get a sense of what he is capable of and how he'll be used there. He is going to be a scary weapon in Kelly's offense for the next few seasons.


4-David Wilson, Va. Tech, RB-KR: An NCAA All-American in track as a triple jumper, Wilson isn't just a little speed back. He's a 205-pound headache for rival defenses, having broken, by VT coaches account, 29 tackles in two games while rolling up 300 rushing yards. (I'll have much more on Wilson and Tech in the blog on Wednesday.)


5-Vontaze Burfict, ASU, LB: Arguably the hardest-hitter in college football, Burfict's battle to straddle the edge has been fascinating the past few years. He and his teammates have been prone to being self-destructive, but there have been some signs of maturation. Thus far this season, he already has four sacks in two games.


6-Justin Blackmon, OK State, WR: Not the fastest receiver, the 6-1, 215-pound Blackmon plays even bigger than his frame would indicate. A former high school basketball star, he is in the mold of Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant and just makes plays and big catches and looks unstoppable, toying with smaller DBs. His numbers in 2010 were fantastic: 111 catches, 1,782 yards and 20 TDs.


7-Lamar Miller, Miami, RB-KR: A decorated prep sprinter, Miller doesn't look like he's slowed down since muscling up to 216 pounds this offseason. He was a blur when he bolted through the Maryland defense for a 41-yard touchdown run in UM's opener. In the past year, Miller has learned to be more than just a speed back, becoming more patient as a runner since he now knows he'll get plenty of carries and doesn't feel like he has to hit a home run every time he touches the ball. He's also a dangerous kick returner and is #3 in the nation in all-purpose yards per game at 222.


8-Greg Reid, FSU, CB: A little guy who packs a wallop, as South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore learned in the bowl game last year when the 5-8, 186-pound DB blasted the 235-pound back. Reid picked off three passes last season and was one of the ACC's best return guys too.


9-Kendall Wright, Baylor, WR: Robert Griffin is Baylor's Heisman contender, but Wright is his go-to guy and quite a spark. The 5-10, 190-pounder who has the frame of a tailback and sports a 42-inch vertical, ate up Gary Patterson's TCU D in the opener for 12 catches and 189 yards and two TDs. The former Bears basketball player, a high school QB, also connected on 2-2 for 55 yards as a passer with one TD throw.


10-Chris Rainey, Florida, RB: I was tempted to go with Tennessee's freakish young 6-5 wideout Justin Hunter here, but I'll go with Charlie Weis' new toy. Rainey and his buddy Jeff Demps give the new Gator OC more speed than he's ever had to work with. In two weeks against a pair of overmatched opponents, Rainey is averaging over 7.3 ypc and 99 rush yards per game.
Comments

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

the obvious pick at #1: everyone knows what denard robinson can do.  as for the other guys, what are their names again?



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:00 am
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

I enjoy watching ryan broyles but can understand he's not the most exciting player in the nation.  I would say that his consistent awesome numbers make him a little boring in the fact that he's always going to put them up.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

"LSUUSMC - Really? DeAnthony Thomas did nothing?  Take those two bonehead fumbles away and you have a pretty impressive statline for a true freshman against one of the best defenses in college football...

4 carries 22 yards, 1 TD (5.5 yards a rush)
6 receptions 47 yards (7.8 yards a catch)
2 returns for 53 yards (26.5 yards a return)

I wouldn't exactly say he "did nothing" as you so elliquently put it."



When you are talking about the 10 most exciting players in college football, those stats are nothing.  For a true freshman, those are good numbers.  For the top 10 most exciting players in the game, they are indeed nothing.  The most exciting thing he did against LSU was fumble, and he did that twice. 



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

LSUUSMC - Really? DeAnthony Thomas did nothing?  Take those two bonehead fumbles away and you have a pretty impressive statline for a true freshman against one of the best defenses in college football...

4 carries 22 yards, 1 TD (5.5 yards a rush)
6 receptions 47 yards (7.8 yards a catch)
2 returns for 53 yards (26.5 yards a return)

I wouldn't exactly say he "did nothing" as you so elliquently put it. 



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

Really? He did nothing?  Take those two bonehead fumbles away and you have a pretty impressive statline for a true freshman against one of the best defenses in college football...

4 carries 22 yards, 1 TD (5.5 yards a rush)
6 receptions 47 yards (7.8 yards a catch)
2 returns for 53 yards (26.5 yards a return)

I wouldn't exactly say he "did nothing" as you so elliquently put it. 



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

xxxx xxxxxx of my team yyyyyyyy should be on the list



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

Eric Page should be on this list



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

By the end of the season you will have Joe Adams of Arkansas in the #1 spot.  The only decision will be whether to list him as a WR, RB, or PR.



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

Russell Wilson of Wisconsin???



Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:09 am
 

Tuesday Top 10: Most exciting players in college

Bruce!

I'm going to do a write-in vote for Jeff Godfrey at UCF.  He's as much fun to watch as Shoelace, without the name brand value. 


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