College Football: John Brantley, Jake Locker and Other Overrated Players In 2010
It's that time of the year, boys and girls.
Now that we are a full month into the season we can now begin to see who the pretenders and contenders are in college football.
With all the passion and blind enthusiasm in college sports, it's easy to fall in love with certain players. Sometimes though the expectations and the performance do not always match.
The following are the top 10 most overrated players in college football so far this year.
They can range from pre-season favorites who have failed to pan out to new stars that are still unproven.
Regardless of the reason, you will see a common trend in the players. Looks like fans and the media love their stars on offense.
Let the debate begin!
QB John Brantley (Florida)
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Forget about Tim Tebow, Brantley is a better passer and the Florida Gators won't miss a beat.
Now Florida may be 4-1, but I think we can all agree that the transition from the God-like Tebow to the all-to-human Brantley has been far from smooth for the Gators.
Despite the praise he received leading up to the beginning of the 2010 season, the Florida offense has certainly been chaotic at times.
Brantley's team was saved early on by the play of running back Jeffrey Demps but in the first three games, Brantley averaged just over 150 passing yards per game.
In Tebow's first year as a starter behind center, he threw for under 200 yards just once.
The lack of big play production allowed teams to stick around into the second half. Something that could prove costly in the SEC.
I guess the Gators better be thankful for Trey Burton!
QB Jake Locker (Washington)
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Every year we hear about what a great passer Jake Locker is.
He projects to be great at the next level and how he'll be a top draft pick.
Well we have not heard that so much after his 4-of-20 for 71 yards against Nebraska.
Let's face it folks, Locker is overrated.
Winning does not always come down to quarterback play. Locker certainly had to carry the team in years past. However, in four years as a starter, Locker has won 11 games.
Any quarterback that goes winless for an entire season has some problems bigger than the talent around him.
Once nice win against a Southern California team that has virtually quit on the season aside, Locker is still searching for his signature moment in the national spotlight.
With Oregon and Stanford around, he might have to keep waiting.
RB Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech)
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Now I know picking on Ryan Williams would be adding insult to the already injured running back star.
However, even at full speed, the Virginia Tech stalwart was clearly struggling in 2010.
Williams never really got a chance to go off against the Boise State Broncos in the season opener. The three touchdowns were nice but his 40 yards on 20 carries was very disappointing.
Against James Madison, Virginia Tech failed to put together drives and finish them off when they had the chance. The sophomore went from Heisman dark horse to leading a winless team that had just lost to an FCS opponent.
We knew Williams would be limited because of the return of Darren Evans in the backfield. What we were not ready for was that Virginia Tech could not turn it around until David Wilson came in for the injured Williams and brought the pure speed needed to get the Hokies back on track.
If and when the ACC Rookie of the Year returns, he might find playing time very hard to come by. Something no one would have expected entering the season.
RB Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh)
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The Panthers had high hopes in 2010.
Those expectations have completely disintegrated though after two humbling losses to Utah and Miami in the first month of the season.
Now the year is far from lost, but Dion Lewis appears to be.
The sophomore erupted last year as a pure freshman, running for 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns. In the process he broke the conference record set by Tony Dorsett for freshmen running backs.
This year, Lewis has come up horribly short, averaging three yards a carry on 47 attempts. In three games he has failed to cross the 100 yard mark.
Last year, Lewis failed to rush for over 100 yards only three times the entire season!
Now the running back is injured and looks to become a textbook definition of the term "sophomore slump".
QB Jacory Harris (Miami)
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Now don't get me wrong, Jacory Harris is talented.
He's just horribly inconsistent.
For every amazing game that makes you think that "The U" has returned to college football, he throws in a clunker that makes the ACC look wide open.
I know people will make excuses about the Ohio State game, but any time fans have to open their defense with "if Harris hadn't thrown four interceptions..." something is wrong.
Even last week, despite a victory over Clemson, Harris was 13-of-33. Even with four touchdowns, that inconsistency will cost the Hurricanes at the end.
Need I remind you of the 9-of-25 performance against Virginia Tech? Just hope it doesn't rain this season.
QB Jeremiah Masoli (Ole Miss)
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So Oregon loses their star quarterback and actually seems like a better team. That's never a good start.
Masoli has made some pretty bad mistakes off the field, but what has really been disappointing for college football fans are his mistakes on the field.
Losing to a team called Jacksonville State is pretty inexcusable. Having zero touchdowns in that 49-48 game is even worse.
LaMichael James cannot bail you out now Masoli.
Masoli did the right thing hooking up with coach Houston Nutt, they're two peas in a pod. Both get your hopes but both will ultimately disappoint you.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State)
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Rodgers is one of those guys people love to talk about.
He's scrappy, which in football terms means he's short.
However, he's a fighter. Which means he gets beat up quite a bit.
Yes, he may seem like a good guy and Oregon State is a fun team to root for. However, now that the little running back that could needs to carry his team, the Beavers are struggling.
In the two big games of the year, Rodgers combined for a 120 yards on 36 carries. That's less than four yards per carry and only two touchdowns.
Despite two huge performances against Louisville and Arizona State, Rodgers has his lowest per carry average in his career.
Which Rodgers is the really Rodgers? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
QB Stephen Garcia (South Carolina)
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Any time media and fans need to say things like "if he is mentally into the game", then the Gamecocks have a problem.
Garcia has a good arm but even his own coach does not trust him. For evidence of this, watch the second half of the Auburn game.
The last time I remembered people saying things like "if he can stay focused" they were talking about former Raiders quarterback Jamarcus Russell.
How did that work out for everybody?
People want to buy into South Carolina because of Florida's offensive problems and the Gamecocks victory over Georgia. They have a running game but they have a quarterback who will always let them down.
Just say no ESPN!
QB Jerrod Johnson
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Yes, I remember his dramatic game against Texas last year too.
I also remember that the last two weeks he has thrown eight interceptions.
When you throw for less than 40% against a winless Florida International team, I am raising the red flag.
I don't care that he threw for more touchdowns than Colt McCoy last year, that came from a horrible defense.
People actually think this guy will get drafted because of his big size. Unfortunately he has come up short in the consistency department.
Some even called him "college football's best kept secret". Well let's try to keep it under wraps.
QB Denard Robinson (Michigan)
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Alright, hear me out first Michigan fans.
Yes, Denard Robinson's numbers are ridiculous but can we please hold off on the whole Heisman talk?
Michigan's undefeated record came against teams that have a combined record of 9-10. Indiana has had one winning season in the past 18 years. They almost blew leads against Notre Dame and UMass.
Do we really think Robinson can do this against Ohio State? Iowa? Michigan State?
Until he does, let's just calm down the Heisman hype.