This upcoming football season is sure to be a good one. It is sure to be loaded with solid teams, very good coaching, fresh and talented new comers, and the returning studs who will continue to shine.
Last season the college football world was an exciting one to say the least, to watch. From the heroic Texas-Texas Tech game, to the exciting BYU-Washington finish.
Amazing performances from many top players such as Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, and Tim Tebow, will stick out for years to come.
The good thing about the 2009 season, not only will all three of those guys return back to the college game, but so will many other talented kids.
This year's class could be a special one. From the loaded quarterbacks class, to a very solid looking defensive presence from the Big 10 to the SEC.
It's sure shaping out to be one heck of a year for college football and it's beloved fans.
Here is my list of the top five players to watch in 2009. There will be far more than just five studs to look for this season, but these five you should pay extra attention to.
This exciting wideout is coming off one heck of a freshman season.
He became Alabama and Nick Saban's go-to guy in 2008. From big catches, to big yard plays, Jones provided a much needed spark for the Crimson Tide's 12-2 season.
Jone is coming off a year where he had 58 catches for 924 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Maybe not Mike Crabtree or Percy Harvin like numbers, but Jones was a big play waiting to happen on every single drive.
Jones will continue to be that big play guy in 2009 for Alabama.
He should have another solid season. He should be the top wide out in the country now with Maclin, Crabtree, and Harvin gone to the NFL.
Alabama fans will miss the big play arm of John Parker Wilson, but Jones will still get his this season.
Expect a lot from this playmaker. I'm gonna say he will snag over 75 balls, 1,300 yards, and over 15 touchdowns. He will need to have those kind of numbers if Bama wants another shot at the SEC title, and a BCS bid.
Not many other wideouts had a bigger breakout season than Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant in 2008.
Bryant is coming off a spectacular season. He was a key part of the Cowboys surprising, and very solid 2008 season.
Dez pulled down 87 balls for 1,480 yards, and 19 touchdowns in 08.
Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson made it clear that Bryant would be his go to guy in 2008. The duo helped Oklahoma State to an 9-4 season.
Head coach Mike Gundy is very happy with his star wide out. Why wouldn't he be? Bryant put together a great season last year, and things are only looking to get better.
Cowboy fans shouldn't worry in 2009, Bryant's numbers should actually increase. Especially with return of his QB, Robinson.
I'll say Bryant will have a great year. Catch close to 100 balls, have 1,600 receiving yards, and over 20 touchdown grabs.
Expect to see this guy highlight All American teams all over the web, in magazines, and in the big ones that count the most.
Nothing pleased Texas fans, and killed the hearts of Sooner fans, than seeing the return of its star quarterback: Colt McCoy.
McCoy is coming off a stellar 2008 season, leading the Longhorns to a huge Fiesta Bowl victory, and helping the 'Horns to be the only team to defeat the Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners in the regular season.
McCoy is known as a true team player who loves seeing his team win, but his individual stats are something he can also be very proud of.
Colt is coming off a 2008 season that saw him throw for 3,859 yards, 34 touchdowns, and just 8 interceptions.
Those numbers helped the star finish in the top 3 in the Heisman voting.
Some believed McCoy should have gotten more credit for his spectacular season, but the voters decided to select his rival, but also good friend, Sam Bradford.
McCoy will have another solid season in 09, along with the Longhorns. Expect him to have Texas back in the hunt for the Big 12, and National titles.
I expect him to throw for over 4,000 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Very solid numbers, that should send him back to New York for the Heisman ceremonies.
This time, he might just come back to Texas with the coveted hardware.
Nothing has Oklahoma fans more excited than being able to see the 2008 Heisman winner come back to try and lead the Sooners back to the promise land.
And maybe even win another Heisman trophy.
That's something Sam Bradford may not worry so much about. He is a team player, much like his good friend Colt McCoy.
But who wouldn't want to join Archie Griffin as the only two-time winner of college footballs most beloved award? Come on, Sam.
Bradford is coming off one heck of a season.
In 2008 he threw for 4,721 yards, 50 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions. He also ran for five more touchdowns on the ground.
Bradford also led the Sooners to the Big 12 title, and the BCS title game. The Sooners lost a heart breaker to the Florida Gators.
Bradford had a nice title game, throwing for over 250 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2009 Oklahoma fans should be very excited, and Big 12 defenses better get started early on how to stop this amazing athlete.
Oklahoma fans should expect a season much like 08. I know it will be hard to repeat, but Bradford is the man who can do it.
I expect the Sooner star to go over 4,500 yards, 50 touchdowns, and throw less than 10 picks.
Those numbers will send him back to New York, and will also help the Sooners get back to where they need to be. The BCS title game.
The first four guys on this list are all very exciting kids, who should have great 2009 seasons.
But who else should be No. 1? Who else deserves it?
Tebow, love him or hate him, has excited college football fans across America for the past three years.
From his freshman season of limited snaps, to his first true season as a quarterback, Tebow has answered the questions of his doubters.
He has won the big games, he has had the amazing performances, and he has also won a couple awards on the side.
That includes the Heisman trophy two years ago, and a runner-up finish in the voting last season.
Tebow will do nothing but excite college football fans again in 2009, for the fourth straight season.
His ability to run through brick walls, complete crazy passes, and his smarts, should up his numbers from a year ago.
In 2008, Tebow didn't really have the type of numbers most expected.
2,747 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes looked good, but some thought Tebow should have put up more than that. He did rush for 673 yards and 12 more touchdowns. Those numbers were good, don't get me wrong, but some expected more from the Heisman winner.
The thing that people loved about this beast a year ago, he took the Florida Gators, put them on his back and took them all the way to an SEC championship, and another BCS title win.
Tebow showed heart each and every week in 2008, and expect nothing less in 2009.
Florida fans will be very happy to see No. 15 take the snaps in 09, especially with all he has coming back. Oh yeah, and his defense returns all 11 started from last years 13-1 national championship team. That should help him out just a little bit.
I expect Tebow to have another great year. Opposing linebackers better watch out, when that shoulder lowers I might would wanna get out of the way.
I'll say Tebow get's over 3,100 yards in the air, and over 30 touchdowns. I also see him running for over 700 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Those numbers will get him back to New York, and possibly win another Heisman.
Love him or hate him, you know you like seeing him play. That's why he's the No. 1 college football player to watch out for in 2009.