College Football 2012-13: Nation's 10 Most Electrifying Players
There are college football players, and then there are electrifying college football players.
Electrifying college football players are the players who sell the tickets each week, inspire dad to steal the remote from the nagging wife watching the Food Network, and who, come Saturday, every college football fan wants to become.
These athletes possess the athletic ability to transform the most ordinary of plays into touchdowns and can change a game whenever they receive the ball.
In the following article, I spotlight 10 of the nation's most electrifying players.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
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As a true-freshman, Watkins was arguably the most exciting college football player in the nation.
With his jaw-dropping speed and agility, Watkins has the ability to juke defenders and sprint the distance every time he receives the ball.
Although Clemson mostly utilizes Watkins on quick screens, he is also a proficient route-runner who can burn opposing defenses on deep plays.
Look for Watkins to have a huge sophomore season.
De'Anthony "Black Mamba" Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon
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Like Watkins, De'Anthony also possesses rare speed.
In an Oregon track event this past offseason, Thomas showcased his blazing speed, running a 10.65 in the 100 meters.
As a true freshman, Thomas was a key component of Chip Kelly's offense, but with the departure of Oregon star RB LaMichael James, Thomas figures to play more of a role in the Oregon attack.
Thomas is the ideal RB for the Oregon offense. He possesses the ability to hit the hole quick, shake defenders with stupefying moves, and take it the distance with his staggering speed.
Look for Chip Kelly and Co. to design some plays to get Thomas into open space and burn opposing defenses.
Tavon Austin, RB/WR/PR, West Virginia
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One of the most exciting players in college football, Austin has the ability to single-handedly dismantle an opposing defense.
An impressive combination of speed, pure athleticism, and strength, Austin is an instant game-changer for the Mountaineers.
Look for another great year out of the senior in 2012.
Marquise Goodwin, WR/KR, Texas
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This world-class track and field star is a freak athlete.
Despite the fact he hasn't been the most productive receiver for the Longhorns, I expect a big year out of Marquise considering Texas will more gain experience at the QB position.
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
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Coming off an impressive season with the Wolverines, this may be the year we see Denard Robinson bring the Heisman to Ann Arbor.
Although not known as a top-notch thrower, Robinson is a very adept runner who is capable of converting big throws at critical times. Because he is the focal point of an offense I expect to produce next year, I expect Robinson to compile some monstrous stats and draw the attention of many Heisman voters.
Expect a huge season out of Denard.
Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
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Florida State is quietly putting together one of the nation's most explosive receiving corps.
As a true freshman, Greene was one of the more explosive young players in the country. Although not the most physically imposing player, Greene makes up for it with his ability to make staggering catches in traffic, then use his speed to turn downfield.
With more speedy receivers (i.e. Marvin Bracy) coming joining Greene, I expect Florida State's offense to have a big year with Rashad Greene serving as a main contributor.
Keenan Allen, WR, California
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Keenan Allen is one of the best all-around receivers in the country.
Although not the fastest in the nation, Allen uses his 6'3", 200 lbs. frame and pure athleticism to make staggering catches in critical times.
If Cal QB Zach Maynard can pick up where he left off at the end of last season, expect the Maynard-Allen connection to be one of the most prominent in the country.
Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu, Safety/PR, LSU
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Known for his athleticism and tendency to make big plays in big-time situations, Mathieu epitomizes the term "playmaker."
Time after time, when LSU's offense couldn't convert, Mathieu was able to ignite his team by returning a punt or forcing a turnover. It's very possible that, without Mathieu, LSU might not have made it to the National Championship.
Look for Mathieu to continue where he left off last year and produce big for LSU.
Robert Woods, WR, USC
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Known for his ability to shake defenders, run precise routes and catch every ball thrown his way, Woods is an extremely fun player to watch.
If USC's going to live up to its preseason hype and accomplish its goal of winning a national championship, its offense will rely on a pristine Matt Barkley-Robert Woods connection.
Look for a big year out of Woods in 2012.
T-Bob Hebert, OL, LSU
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