25 Best Three-Headed Monsters in College Football for 2013

Alex CallosCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2013

25 Best Three-Headed Monsters in College Football for 2013

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    A good offense can go a long way in college football. While games are won up front, the skill players are the names fans love to talk about.

    It is not easy to put together a team with excellent players at each skill position, but the teams on the list have done just that.

    This list is the top quarterback/running back/wide receiver trios for the 2013 season.

    While some of the names on the list are based on potential, most of the players have already accomplished plenty in their respective college careers to be included on the list. 

    Here are the top trios in all of college football heading into the 2013 year.

    *All stats are according to ESPN.com

Honorable Mentions

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    Here are five trios that did not quite make the list, but will still make their presence felt in 2013.

    Kain Colter/Venric Mark/Tony Jones (Northwestern): This trio burst onto the scene last year, especially running back Venric Mark. Should be even better in 2013.

    Jesse Scroggins/Ka'Deem Carey/David Richards (Arizona): If star wide receiver Austin Hill were healthy, this trio might have cracked the top 10 on the list.

    Devin Gardner/Fitzgerald Toussaint/Jeremy Gallon (Michigan): The Wolverines could be loaded this season at the running back position.

    Taysom Hill/Jamaal Williams/Cody Hoffman (BYU): The talent of wide receiver Cody Hoffman single-handedly puts an otherwise average group in the honorable mentions.

    Michael Brewer/Kenny Williams/Eric Ward (Texas Tech): Wide receiver Eric Ward is certainly the most proven of a trio with a ton of potential.

No. 25 Kevin Hogan/Tyler Gaffney/Ty Montgomery (Stanford)

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    Even though Tyler Gaffney did not play last season and Kevin Hogan is relatively young, this trio starts off the list.

    Hogan proved just how talented he can be, leading the Cardinal to a BCS bowl game and a Pac-12 title.

    Ty Montgomery has the potential to have a breakout season after 26 receptions in 2012.

    Gaffney averaged over six yards a carry in 2011 before sitting out 2012 to concentrate on baseball. He is a guy who could emerge this year.

    No question that this is a trio based a little more on potential.

No. 24 Bryce Petty/Lache Seastrunk/Tevin Reese (Baylor)

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    Quarterback Bryce Petty served as a backup last season to Nick Florence but has a ton of potential to be another excellent Bears signal-caller.

    Running back Lache Seastrunk might be one of the best in all of college football, as he will team with Glasco Martin to form one of the best duos in the nation.

    Wide receiver Tevin Reese is one of the true big-play threats in the conference. He averaged over 18 yards on 53 receptions with nine touchdowns in 2012.

    If Petty had a little more experience under his belt, this trio could be knocking on the door of the top 10.

No. 23 Brett Hundley/Jordan James/Shaquelle Evans (UCLA)

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    This trio is led by one of the more talented quarterback/wide receiver combinations in the country.

    Quarterback Brett Hundley burst onto the scene in 2012 during his freshman campaign. He has the potential to be a Heisman contender down the line.

    Wide receiver Shaquelle Evans led the team last year with 60 catches and 877 yards but only found the end zone three times. The senior will be looking for an even bigger year in 2013.

    Running back Jordan James did not see a lot of carries with Johnathan Franklin ahead of him on the depth chart last year. But the junior will get his shot to shine this season.

    Clearly this is one of the better trios in the Pac-12.

No. 22 Taylor Kelly/Marion Grice/Chris Coyle (Arizona State)

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    This group did not put up astronomical numbers by any stretch of the imagination in 2012 but was extremely consistent all season long.

    Quarterback Taylor Kelly is certainly the biggest name on the list. Last season he passed for over 3,000 yards with 29 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.

    Running back Marion Grice led the team with 679 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 103 carries.

    Chris Coyle is more of a tight end, but he also fits the wide receiver mold at 6'3" and 240 pounds. He is a big target who caught 57 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns a season ago.

No. 21 Sean Mannion/Storm Woods/Brandin Cooks (Oregon State)

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    It is still too early to tell who will be the Oregon State quarterback, with both Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz in the mix.

    Either way, this is a top 25 trio.

    Both Mannion and Vaz bring a wealth of potential to the program, as does running back Storm Woods.

    Last season Woods rushed for 940 yards and 13 touchdowns on only 192 carries.

    Wide receiver Brandin Cooks might be the most talented of the group. He caught 67 passes for 1,151 yards and five scores in 2013. The big-play threat averaged 17.2 yards a catch.

No. 20 Joel Stave/James White/Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin)

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    The quarterback situation is still up in the air for Wisconsin, but when it comes to running back/wide receiver combinations, this is one of the best in the nation.

    Joel Stave is likely to win the quarterback job but will have to improve on his play from last season.

    The running back combination of James White and Melvin Gordon is one of the top five in the nation. Both have the potential to go over 1,000 yards, but White is clearly the starter.

    Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis has seemingly been at Wisconsin for quite some time, but returns for his senior season after catching 49 passes for 837 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. Better quarterback play will mean larger numbers for Abbrederis.

    If Stave pans out, this could be the best trio in the Big Ten, with the exception of maybe Nebraska.

No. 19 Blake Bell/Damien Williams/Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma)

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    Quarterback Blake Bell is a huge question mark in the eyes of some, but one thing is certain: This guy can run over anybody.

    Running back Damien Williams returns after leading the team with 946 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, while averaging 5.4 yards a carry.

    Jalen Saunders was the No. 3 wide receiver last season but will be the top target without question in 2013. He was able to haul in 62 passes for 829 yards and three scores a year ago.

    A lot of potential with this trio. They could be putting some points up all over the Big 12.

No. 18 Keith Wenning/Jahwan Edwards/Willie Snead (Ball State)

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    The Ball State trio is almost certainly one of the least known on the list, but the group put up huge numbers in 2012.

    Quarterback Keith Wenning passed for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. Running back Jahwan Edwards was the star of the offense. The workhorse carried the ball 232 times, rushing for 1,410 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

    Wide receiver Willie Snead was one of the best in the MAC, catching 89 passes for 1,148 yards and nine scores.

    No question, this is one of the most accomplished groups on the list.

No. 17 David Ash/Johnathan Gray/Mike Davis (Texas)

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    Texas is another squad that returns its top player at each skill position.

    Leading the way is quarterback David Ash. He burst onto the scene in 2012, passing for 2,699 yards with 19 touchdowns.

    The best player on offense, however, was running back Johnathan Gray. Gray rushed for 701 yards on only 149 carries. He is almost certain to receive more touches in 2013.

    Wide receiver Mike Davis is a deep threat. He hauled in 57 passes for 939 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago.

No. 16 Jameis Winston/James Wilder Jr./Rashad Greene (Florida State)

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    This is a trio that might be a little higher on the list by the end of the season, but right now it is very early to tell.

    Quarterback Jameis Winston has not taken a snap in his collegiate career, but he has a wealth of potential.

    Running back James Wilder Jr. will likely be splitting carries with Devonta Freeman, but he might be the most talented in the ACC at his position.

    Wide receiver Rashad Greene led the team with 741 yards on 57 receptions and six touchdowns in 2012.

    When it comes to sheer talent, this group is near the top of the list.

No. 15 Zach Mettenberger/Jeremy Hill/Odell Beckham (LSU)

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    The improved play of Zach Mettenberger throughout last season allows this group to be so high on the list.

    Running back Jeremy Hill burst onto the scene last year as a freshman, rushing for 755 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 142 carries.

    Wide receiver Odell Beckham caught 43 passes for 713 yards but only reached the end zone twice.

    Mettenberger should be much better in 2013, as should the other two that make up this trio.

No. 14 Tyler Tettleton/Beau Blakenship/Donte Foster (Ohio)

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    There are some excellent trios scattered throughout the MAC, and this is another of those.

    Quarterback Tyler Tettleton will be entering his third season as the starter. Running back Beau Blankenship was an absolute monster last season and took away from the passing game. He carried the ball 312 times for 1,604 yards and 15 touchdowns.

    Wide receiver Donte Foster caught 59 passes for 659 yards and eight touchdowns. He is more of a possession receiver but does not have any trouble going deep.

    This trio is not well known but definitely will be by the end of the 2013 season.

No. 13 Teddy Bridgewater/Dominique Brown/DeVante Parker (Louisville)

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    This group is so high on the list mostly because of the talent of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

    Bridgewater might be one of the top five at his position, after passing for 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns last year.

    Wide receiver DeVante Parker is a huge deep threat, possibly one of the biggest in the nation. Last year he caught 40 passes for 744 yards and 10 scores, while averaging 18.6 yards a reception.

    Running back is one of the huge questions, as Dominique Brown is likely to be the starter, despite missing last season with an injury. If he lives up to his potential, this group could be one of the best in the nation.

    There are still injury questions surrounding Senorise Perry, but if he is healthy, he could be the starter as well.

No. 12 Bo Wallace/Jeff Scott/Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss)

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    This is a trio that could put up huge numbers with another season under its belt heading into 2013.

    Quarterback Bo Wallace nearly hit 3,000 yards last year with 22 touchdowns but did throw 17 interceptions.

    The key to the offense might be the play of running back Jeff Scott. Scott is back for his senior season, after rushing for 846 yards and six touchdowns a year ago.

    Wide receiver Donte Moncrief might be the most talented player on the offensive side of the ball. Last year he caught 66 passes for 979 yards and 10 scores. He could be one of the best wide receivers in the SEC in 2013.

No. 11 Stephen Morris/Duke Johnson/Phillip Dorsett (Miami)

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    This trio is so high on the list because mainly because of the sheer potential of running back Duke Johnson.

    Johnson rushed for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns, while averaging 6.8 yards a carry in 2012. With Mike James no longer in the mix, Johnson could have a breakout season on both offense and special teams.

    Quarterback Stephen Morris is back for his senior season. He had an excellent junior campaign, passing for 3,345 yards with 21 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

    The final man in the trio is wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett caught 58 passes for 842 yards but only reached the end zone four times. If he can improve on that, this could easily be a top-10 trio in 2013.

No. 10 Terrance Owens/David Fluellen/Bernard Reedy (Toledo)

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    This is the third MAC trio on the list and the best of the bunch heading into 2013.

    The group is led by quarterback Terrance Owens. Owens is a threat not only through the air but also on the ground. Last year he passed for 2,714 yards and rushed for 395 more.

    Running back David Fluellen might be one of the most talented in the entire country in 2013. Last year he rushed for 1,498 yards on 259 carries with 13 touchdowns.

    Wide receiver Bernard Reedy might be the best in the MAC. Last season he caught 89 balls for 1,120 yards and six scores. Look for him to get in the end zone a little more this year.

    No question this trio is in the top 10 right where it belongs.

No. 9 Keith Price/Bishop Sankey/Kasen Williams (Washington)

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    This group is loaded with a wealth of potential, but it will hinge on the play of quarterback Keith Price.

    Price struggled last season but still managed to pass for 2,728 yards and 19 scores. If he can return to his 2011 form, Price will be one of the top quarterbacks in the Pac-12.

    The player who burst onto the scene last year was running back Bishop Sankey. He carried the ball 289 times for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns.

    Wide receiver Kasen Williams caught 77 passes last year for 878 yards and six scores. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is also a threat down the field and could be in this trio as well. He led the team with seven receiving touchdowns last year.

No. 8 Braxton Miller/Carlos Hyde/Devin Smith (Ohio State)

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    Ohio State is so high on the list mainly because of the play of quarterback Braxton Miller. He finished near the top of the Heisman race last season and should be right there once again in 2013.

    Miller passed for over 2,000 yards last season while also rushing for well over 1,200, totaling 28 touchdowns.

    Running back Carlos Hyde is a load to bring down and should be able to improve on his 970 yards and 16 touchdowns from a season ago.

    Wide receiver Devin Smith is one of the biggest deep play threats in the nation. Last season he only caught 30 passes, but those went for 618 yards and six scores. That was good for an average of 20.6 yards a reception.

No. 7 Max Wittek/Silas Redd/Marqise Lee (USC)

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    It is still not certain who will be the USC starting quarterback, but at this point it really doesn't matter, because that is not the reason why this Trojans trio is so high on the list.

    Sophomore quarterback Max Wittek saw some playing time last year, but he will be challenged redshirt freshman Cody Kessler and incoming freshman Max Browne.

    Running back Silas Redd had a solid 2012 season, rushing for 905 yards and nine touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, he should be better with a few more carries in 2013.

    The star of the team is talented receiver Marqise Lee. Lee might be the most gifted player in the country, and last season he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. No question he is the best receiver in college football right now.

No. 6 Tajh Boyd/Roderick McDowell/Sammy Watkins (Clemson)

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    Taking over for Andre Ellington is not going to be an easy task, but that is the challenge facing running back Roderick McDowell.

    Last year he only played sparingly but did rush for 450 yards and five touchdowns on 83 carries.

    Quarterback Tajh Boyd is the star of the team. He is one of the best in the country. Last year he passed for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns, while also rushing for 514 yards and 10 more scores.

    Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was the star of the team in 2011 as a freshman but missed a few games and struggled in 2012.

    He still managed to hall in 57 receptions for 708 yards and three scores. With star wideout DeAndre Hopkins leaving early for the NFL draft, Watkins will almost certainly be Boyd's top target all year long.

No. 5 Marcus Mariota/De'Anthony Thomas/Josh Huff (Oregon)

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    Oregon is a team that loves to run the football, but when it passes, wide receiver Josh Huff will be the main target of quarterback Marcus Mariota.

    Last season Huff caught 32 passes for 493 yards and seven touchdowns. He should have a shot to drastically improve on those numbers in 2013.

    Running back De'Anthony Thomas will likely only carry the ball 15 times a game, but he is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

    Thomas rushed for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 92 carries last year, while also catching 45 passes for 445 yards and five more scores.

    Quarterback Marcus Mariota had an excellent freshman season in 2012, passing for nearly 2,700 yards and 32 scores, while also rushing for 752 yards and five touchdowns.

    He will be one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation once again in 2013.

No. 4 Aaron Murray/Todd Gurley/Malcolm Mitchell (Georgia)

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    Nobody could have expected Todd Gurley to do what he did last year during his freshman campaign. The running back rushed for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns on 222 carries. He was joined in the backfield by another talented freshman in Keith Marshall.

    Quarterback Aaron Murray is back for yet another season. This will be his fifth and final with the program. Last year he threw for 3,893 yards with 36 touchdowns. He is one of the most complete quarterbacks in the country.

    The wild card here is wide receiver. With Tavarres King having moved on, Malcolm Mitchell will likely be the top target for the Bulldogs. 

    Last season he caught 40 passes for 572 yards and four scores. If he can develop during his junior season, this could end up being the top trio in the country.

No. 3 Taylor Martinez/Ameer Abdullah/Kenny Bell (Nebraska)

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    Quarterback Taylor Martinez proved he could throw the football a little bit last season when he passed for 2,871 yards and 23 touchdowns.

    He is also a threat on the ground, as he rushed for 1,019 yards and 10 scores last year.

    Running back Ameer Abdullah filled in admirably for the injured Rex Burkhead. He finished the season with 1,137 yards and eight scores.

    Wide receiver Kenny Bell caught 50 passes last year for 863 yards and eight touchdowns. No question he will be the top target once again for Martinez in 2013.

No. 2 Johnny Manziel/Ben Malena/Mike Evans (Texas A&M)

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    The top two trios are a cut above the rest.

    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel put up some astronomical numbers in 2012, passing for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,409 yards and 21 scores.

    Running back Ben Malena was second on the team with 808 yards and eight touchdowns on only 138 carries.

    Wide receiver Mike Evans was dynamite as a freshman. He caught 82 passes for 1,105 yards and five touchdowns.

    This group could improve on those numbers in 2013. If that happens, they might be No. 1 on the list.

No. 1 A.J. McCarron/T.J. Yeldon/Amari Cooper (Alabama)

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    Topping the list is the talented trio from Alabama.

    The Crimson Tide are not only the best team in the nation, but they also have a trio that is a little better than what everybody else has to offer.

    Last season quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 30 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Another season like that and he could be in the Heisman conversation. 

    Running back T.J. Yeldon is going to get the bulk of the carries in 2013 with Eddie Lacy jumping early to the NFL. Last season Yeldon rushed for 1,108 yards and 12 scores on only 175 carries. Expect those numbers to rise this year. 

    Wide receiver Amari Cooper had an excellent freshman season in 2013, catching 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. He will almost certainly improve in 2013.

    This duo puts the Crimson Tide at the top of the list.