This list isn’t necessarily made of up the best players in college football–though some are very good to great–but the ones that I get the most fun out of watching.
I try to see 15-20 games every Saturday, but when these players flash on the screen, my eyes tend to linger a little longer.
B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida–Daniels is still a work in progress in the passing game and therefore he relies a lot on his legs to get him out of trouble. He is a creative runner who drives defenses crazy since he can transform almost any broken play into a positive gain. Every play is an adventure, which makes him really fun to watch.
Tate Forcier, QB, Michigan–His play reminds me of those old NFL film archives of Fran Tarkenton when he was with the Giants. You just know something amazing can happen with every snap. It’s rare to see a true freshman with such nerves of steel in crunch time, but that’s what Forcier showed last year. Looking forward to the rest of his career.
Ricky Dobbs, QB, Navy–When the option is executed well, it’s such a joy to behold. Dobbs does it as well as anyone and he rolled to an amazing 27 touchdowns last year. His effort against Ohio State alone earned him my respect for his talents.
Jeff Demps, RB, Florida–There’s nothing like seeing a true breakaway back in action. Knowing that Demps could take it the distance at any time means you hold your breath every time he gets the ball. Watching him break defensive pursuit angles with his speed never gets old.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State–For those who didn’t get enough of Vince Young a few years ago, there is still Pryor to follow. Part of the interest in observing him, besides his obvious talents, is the ongoing process of seeing him develop into the dominant player we all know he can be.
Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor–It’s rare to see such an athletic specimen playing quarterback. Griffin shines at the most difficult running event in track and field–the 400 meter hurdles. The way he plays football, it’s almost like it’s a piece of cake for him by comparison.
James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State–Will Oregon State ever be the same without the Rodgers brothers? As good as Jacquizz is, James is the do-it-all guy who can beat you so many ways. He’s an innate football player with great speed and toughness for his size.
Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia–The reason Thursday nights are so much fun. I think we all tune in to see if he can duplicate those ridiculous runs we saw on YouTube so many years ago. Plus, as with Rodgers above, it’s fun to see such a little guy making big people look so silly.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada–His play conjurs up visions of a runaway giraffe. Seeing a lanky 6-6 guy glide through defenses can be mystifying at times. It looks like he could traverse the length of the field in less than 10 strides.
Tyler Sash, S, Iowa–The only defensive player on this list seems to be all over the field for the Hawkeyes. He had 203 returns yards on six interceptions, 85 tackles (5.5 for losses), forced two fumbles, broke up six passes and scored a touchdown on a returned pick. Television is biased towards offense, but Sash will not be denied–he makes his presence known!