Football used to be a war of attrition, a 12-play-per-drive slug-fest where only the strongest could survive. It was grind-it-out or get-it-out, a sport that Charles Darwin, had he seen it, would have probably cited in The Origin of Species.
But those days are gone.
Football is still a physical sport, but the era of pluck has been replaced by an era of quickness. Spread offenses, read options, four-play drives—these are the principles du jour in America's game. And those who linger too long in the past get left there.
Here are the 25 most explosive players in college football, the guys who most adhere to this new-fangled methodology. Don't blink when you see them on Saturday; there's a good chance you'll miss something special.