While I was listening to local sports talk show Dunaway and Brown here in Birmingham, they started talking about the best dynamic duos in the SEC.
That got me thinking, in the spirit of the recent superhero movie phenomenon, about who the best offensive dynamic duos are in college football. Which two players on offense team up to do some serious damage to opposing defenses?
So here's a list of the top 10 offensive dynamic duos in college football.
10. RB P.J. Hill and TE Travis Beckum, Wisconsin Badgers
These two guys combined for over 2,000 yards of offense last year and 20 touchdowns. Hill went for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, even while banged up some. Beckum is perhaps the best tight end in the country and proved it last year with almost 1,000 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
9. QB Max Hall and RB Harvey Unga, BYU Cougars
A relatively unknown duo, Hall and Unga tore up the Mountain West last season. Hall was a first year starter and threw for over 3,800 yards and 26 touchdowns, while Unga rushed for 1,227 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman. Unga also had over 600 yards and four more touchdowns receiving.
8. QB Cullen Harper and RB James Davis, Clemson Tigers
Harper had a breakout season last year, finishing with 2,991 yards, 27 touchdowns, and a higher quarterback rating than even Boston College's Matt Ryan. Davis had a big year as well, with over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. C.J. Spiller is normally thought to be the other part of the duo with Davis, but he had an average season last year, and Harper took his place.
7. QB Todd Boeckman and RB Chris Wells, Ohio State Buckeyes
All this duo did last year was lead their team to a national title appearance. You know what you are getting with Chris Wells: 1,609 yards rushing last season with 15 touchdowns. Boeckman is a little underrated, but he is an extremely productive quarterback, throwing for 2,379 yards and 25 touchdowns last season to lead the Buckeyes.
6. QB Sam Bradford and RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma Sooners
Bradford had a huge freshman season, throwing for 3,121 yards and an NCAA freshman record 36 touchdowns. He also led the nation in passing efficiency. Murray got limited carries last season as a freshman but still amassed over 700 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. Murray should have an even bigger season this year, and he also returns kicks.
5. QB Pat White and RB Noel Devine, West Virginia Mountaineers
Once again, Pat White is blessed with a great back behind him to run the spread. White passed for 1,724 yards and rushed for another 1,335 yards while accounting for 28 total touchdowns. Noel Devine, backing up Steve Slaton last year as a freshman, rushed for 627 yards and six touchdowns. With Slaton gone, look for Devine to have a big season with his great speed and quickness.
4. QB Chase Daniel and WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri Tigers
The Tigers return quarterback Daniel and Mr. Do Everything Jeremy Maclin. Daniel threw for over 4,000 yards last season while racking up 37 total touchdowns. Meanwhile, Maclin accounted for over 1,000 yards receiving, almost 400 yards rushing, and over 1,000 kick return yards. He had 16 total touchdowns.
3. QB Matt Stafford and RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia Bulldogs
Stafford made a lot of improvement from his freshman season to his sophomore season, throwing for 2,523 yards and 19 touchdowns last year. He was limited in the number of times he needed to throw because of his backfield mate. Knowshon Moreno burst onto the scene last season as a freshman, rushing for 1,334 yards and 14 touchdowns. Moreno might be the best back in the nation in '08.
2. QB Graham Harrell and WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Harrell returns to lead the most high-powered offense in the land, and the best yet under Mike Leach...and that's saying something. Harrell threw for a ridiculous 5,705 yards and 48 touchdowns last year. Crabtree only had the best freshman season of all time for a receiver with 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns.
1. QB Tim Tebow and WR Percy Harvin, Florida Gators
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner leads this duo for the Gators. These two guys could run an entire offense—you have a quarterback, a receiver, and a running back all in these two guys. Tebow threw for over 3,000 yards last season, rushed for another 900, and accounted for an incredible 55 touchdowns. Harvin split time at receiver and running back with 764 yards rushing and 858 yards receiving. He also had 10 touchdowns to his credit.
QB Mark Sanchez and RB Joe McKnight, USC
QB Matt Grothe and RB Mike Ford, South Florida
QB Juice Williams and WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
QB Riley Skinner and RB Josh Adams, Wake Forest
QB Mike Teel and WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers
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