The blue-ribbon panel of 150 media members, college administrators, and former coaches and players who accepted the responsibility of selecting the best players in the history of the game are suckers for the ball handlers. Before leaving for the 2004 NFL draft, he set or tied four FBS, eight Big East and 11 Pitt records. The Gary, Indiana, native was the first Iowa player to earn first-team All-America honors in two seasons. Inside, the 22-yard lines are painted Tar Heel blue. Mariota guided Oregon to the first CFP national title game, where the Ducks fell short against Ohio State.
Unfortunately, Myles Brennan suffered a broken arm in fall training camp. Playing alongside safety Kirby Smart, Bailey made 52 tackles and caught 50 passes -- 47 on offense, three on defense. John Cappelletti (RB, Penn State, 1971-73) After arriving on campus as a 6-foot-3, 232-pound tight end, Sapp blossomed into a force on the defensive line. The two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year left Stanford as the all-time leader in touchdown passes (82), completion percentage (.687), passing efficiency (162.76) and total offense (10,387 yards). Then-Pitt coach Jackie Sherrill met Fralic at a golf course in 1977 and asked, "What college do you play for?" He threw 119 touchdowns and ran for 33 more. Walker was a three-time All-American for the Ponies. He also ran for 444 yards and eight scores.
Alas, Bailey finished seventh in the Heisman voting. Irish coach Frank Leahy switched to the newfangled T-formation in 1942 because he had Bertelli to run it. Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon, 2012-14) 137. Randy White (DT, Maryland, 1972-74) The 5-7, 150-pound O'Brien may have been slight of stature, but he ran a no-nonsense huddle and his teammates loved him for it. None loomed larger than Walker. 52. It could be that the voters succumbed to nostalgia, hearkening to their youth to find their true heroes. 1 with Alabama for a second straight season. Luck went 31-7 as a starter in three seasons, his teams spent 22 consecutive weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll, and he played in two New Year's Six bowl games. Josh Jacobs was also once a late-round devy dart throw. "It looked like he was going just as fast as possible when all of a sudden he would put on an extra burst of speed and be gone." Although Bo also brought Herschel to mind with his combination of speed and power, Bo, unlike Herschel, had a little shimmy when he needed it. A 4-star wideout (per the 247 Sports composite ranking) in the 2018 class, Dotson broke out in 2020 with 52 catches for 884 yards (a whopping 38% MS) and eight touchdowns.
After Manning arrived on the scene in Oxford by leading a 10-8 upset of Alabama in 1968, ABC Sports moved the Rebels' game at Alabama in 1969 to early-season prime time. By the time he was finished with the Boilermakers, he had established two NCAA, 13 Big Ten and 19 Purdue records. The voters selected only 16 players from the 21st century. In the Game of the Century that matched Notre Dame against Army at Yankee Stadium, Black Knights fullback Doc Blanchard broke into the open field and rumbled 22 yards down the left side. To make matters worse, Clemson brought in two top-15 running back recruits from the 2021 freshman class. Frazier set a Big Eight record with a 33-3 record as a starter. After Williams surprised nearly everyone by announcing he would return for his senior season, instead of entering the NFL draft, newly hired Longhorns coach Mack Brown said, "We have just had a successful recruiting class. "Touchdown Tommie" was the perfect fit for Nebraska coach Tom Osborne's offense, and he helped deliver Osborne's first national championships in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and '95. 60. Tackles: 134 | Fumble recoveries: 4 As a junior in 1956, he played against rival Texas with a broken foot but still ran for a 27-yard touchdown and caught the go-ahead score in a 34-21 win, which was the Aggies' first over the Longhorns in Austin since 1922. In 1993, he was named USC's athletic director, a position he held until 2010. It was Clemson's first national title in 35 years.
Passing yards: 3,940 | Touchdowns: 33 | Total offense: 5,197 yards He also established NCAA career records for carries (905), rushing yards (3,867), touchdowns (56) and points (336). Ndamukong Suh (DL, Nebraska, 2005-09) Thorpe did a lot on the field no one had ever seen before. As a freshman, he split time with Turk Schonert in a 21-21 tie at No. "That may be the fastest guy I've ever seen," Michigan coach Bo Schembechler said after Ismail returned two kickoffs for TDs to lift the Irish to a 24-19 win over the Wolverines in 1989. As a freshman, Plunkett pushed back when head coach John Ralston wanted to move him to defensive end. 44. Hart was the last lineman to win the Heisman Trophy in 1949, but his greatest legacy might be that the Fighting Irish never lost a game during his four-year career. Passing yards: 14,607 | Passing TDs: 131 | Completions: 1,026 As a senior at Grambling, he became the first quarterback from a historically black college to be named to the Associated Press All-America team. The dynasty mode puts you in the shoes of a coach of any NCAA football team. 75. Eric Dickerson (RB, SMU, 1979-82)
Hayes once said you lose one game for every sophomore you start. Newsome was so good that he made All-American even though he played wide receiver in a Wishbone offense, which is kind of like being a pianist in a string quartet. He's the only Big Ten player to win consecutive Rose Bowl MVP awards. Tom Harmon (RB, Michigan, 1938-40) As a sophomore, he threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead Stanford to a 31-14 upset win at No. As a freshman with the Gators in 1987, he ran for 1,341 yards and finished ninth in Heisman voting. The next season, he became the first sophomore to win the Heisman, throwing for 3,286 yards with 32 touchdowns and running for 895 yards with 23 scores. Much like Alabama, Clemson has a history of producing top-tier draft selections, and Pace could be the next beneficiary in 2023. His tackles behind the line of scrimmage tally is a record that might never be matched. 18. 146. A bruising and powerful runner, Owens set what was then an NCAA record with 17 consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He was the first freshman to lead the Big Ten in rushing, and he led the Badgers to a co-Big Ten title and their first Rose Bowl as a sophomore. Whatever you decide to do, keep in mind that this doesn't guarantee the player will sign with your school, but it will give your school a good shot at getting the prospect. Biletnikoff gave few signs early in his career that he would become one of the legendary wide receivers in the game. Born in Guatemala, the "Mad Stork" was a menacing defensive end who earned unanimous All-America honors in 1967 and '68. He led the Dawgs that season with 744 receiving yards. Inside for his tough running between the tackles. As a senior, Glover had 100 tackles and nine tackles for loss. After a tight end is drafted, it typically takes multiple years to acclimate to the NFL game. 41. In 1980, he won the Maxwell Award as the country's best player, won the Lombardi Award as the best lineman and won the Walter Camp as the nation's most outstanding player. Even though these unheralded picks will be made later in the draft, there's always a chance that they could be a future 1st round NFL draft selection.
Superlatives for 2022 recruits, 'With distance comes clarity': Bronco Mendenhall's time away from football, and what comes next, Alabama (as usual) team to beat, but potential runs deep in SEC West. As long as Tucker reprises a majority of the carries in 2021, expect him to continue his ascent into the top running back ranks of college football.
As a senior, Marinaro made every All-America team, won the Maxwell Award and finished second for the Heisman. Consider the NFL fantasy landscape for the position. Faulk made a name soon enough, rushing for 386 yards against Pacific in his second collegiate game (imagine if he had started). Rimington remains the only two-time Outland winner (1981, 1982), a record likely to remain as safe as Archie Griffin winning two Heismans. It is known as the Camback. Passing yards: 5,747 | Total offense: 6,636 yards | Passing TDs: 49 More importantly, Florida State beat Florida a) for the first time in seven attempts and b) on the Gators' first visit to Doak Campbell Stadium. In 1989, he had 19 sacks and 27 tackles for loss and was named a unanimous All-American and the Pac-10 defensive player of the year. 126. Passing yards: 11,201 | Completion percentage: 62.5 | TDs: 89 Rushing yards: 557 | TDs: 6 What's next in conference realignment for ACC and Pac-12? In the middle of a run in which the Seminoles finished in the top five for 14 consecutive seasons, Dunn played enough as a freshman to gain 868 tandem yards and score 10 touchdowns, including the one that sealed Florida State's chance to play for the 1993 national title. He is credited with pioneering the T-formation while playing quarterback for the Chicago Bears and winning four league championships. That's assuming anyone ever laid a pad on him. Walker ran for 150 yards with two touchdowns -- after separating his shoulder -- in a 17-10 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. Warrick Dunn (RB, Florida State, 1993-96) 57. "He's faster than the speed of sound. "Nobody in college football can block him." He ran for 147 yards before leaving for good. During his three seasons, the Crimson Tide went 29-2-2. Luckily for Howell, Josh Downs has been standing on the sideline all spring waving a large sign over his head which reads "Pick Me!". He was at his best on the sport's biggest stage. 104. A two-time All-American, he won the Heisman, Walter Camp Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Jim Thorpe Award in 1997. As a senior, he finished runner-up to Notre Dame end Leon Hart. White's mental fortitude was on display in his final college game, the 1980 Rose Bowl, in which he carried the ball 39 times for 247 yards -- while battling the flu -- in a 17-16 victory over Ohio State. Lowe and Bennett are the only three-time All-Americans in the rich history of Alabama football. LaVar Arrington (LB, Penn State, 1997-99) In all, he played all but 38 seconds and had 371 total yards in Michigan's 40-0 rout of the Buckeyes. Carter stood 5-11 and weighed only 161 pounds, and that might have been while wearing a helmet and cleats. Rushing yards: 1,473 | Passing yards: 2.854 | TDs responsible for: 50 Ward averaged 7.5 yards on each of the 707 plays that he ran or caught the ball. In the 53 seasons since, the Boilermakers have returned to Pasadena once. 83. He chose to play for the Black Knights. Robinson started his college career as a wide receiver, but Bruins coach Dick Vermeil persuaded him to move to inside linebacker just before the Rose Bowl at the end of Robinson's freshman campaign. Known as "Roger the Dodger," Staubach passed for 1,474 yards as a junior in 1963, while also winning the Maxwell Trophy and Walter Camp Memorial Award. He ran for 1,616 yards with 15 touchdowns as a freshman in 1980, leading the Bulldogs to a 12-0 record and national championship. A strong-armed and fleet-footed quarterback from tiny Mount Olive, Mississippi, Air McNair put Alcorn State, an HBCU with an enrollment of about 3,300 students, on the map during the early 1990s. The 5-9, 177-pound Pruitt proved you can't tackle what you can't touch. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch and set an FBS record with at least one TD in 18 consecutive games. That's exactly what Singletary, a menacing linebacker, did. Rushing yards: 3,563 | Yards per carry: 6.1 | Touchdowns: 66 Tackles: 546 | Sacks: 8 | Interceptions: 11 Against UTEP, he set an NCAA record with 406 yards on 43 carries with six touchdowns. His school total-offense record (which doesn't include 1,794 return yards or his 42.6 punting average) stood for 45 seasons.