2010 will be the proving ground for a few of NCAA football's top athletes. 2009 saw the promise of greatness cut short for Darren Evans, Christian Ponder, Sam Bradford, Robert Griffin, and Eric Decker.
Both Decker and Bradford had to exit stage left with a bad taste in their mouths as they will not have the shot at redemption that their fellow collegians will have in 2010.
Players like Mark Herzlich (pictured), of the Boston College Eagles, had an unconventional injury keep him off the field last season. He battled back from cancer and will return to the field in 2010—poised to be better than ever and, even more importantly, cancer free.
However, the opportunity for redemption does not necessarily guarantee a positive result. Injuries have been known to shake the confidence of a player. Sometimes the very nature of the injury causes a shift in the way a player approaches the game—he plays more cautiously.
So, even after the following guys are given the official go-ahead, questions are still likely to remain. The two most important ones being: Will they be able to return to their former glory or will they find that their game is permanently altered—and not necessarily for the better?