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Kellen Moore, LaMichael James and 10 Most Explosive College Football Players

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2010

Kellen Moore, LaMichael James and The 10 Most Explosive College Football Players

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    LaMichael James or Kellen Moore: Who is College Football's Most Explosive Player?

    Today, the top two teams in the BCS rankings held onto their undefeated seasons as the No. 2 Auburn Tigers defeated the No. 11 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 1 Oregon Ducks stomped the No. 21 Arizona Wildcats.

    Both of these teams have rolled over their competition throughout this entire college football season, and they have some serious offensive strength to thank for their success.

    Players like LaMichael James and Cameron Newton are so fast and so physical that they leave opposing defenses utterly exhausted.

    Like the Energizer Bunny, they just keep going and going...

    Kellen Moore is another name we have been hearing throughout this college football season, as he became the driving force behind one of the nation's biggest underdogs.

    But these aren't the only players who leave defenders begging for a nap.

    Read on to see where they rank amongst the 10 Most Explosive Players in College Football.

10. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

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    This senior quarterback for the Nevada Wolf Pack has a total of 9,488 yards and 80 touchdowns through his college career, and he is looking to improve upon those numbers tonight as he leads his team against the No. 4 Boise State Broncos.

    So what makes this quarterback so explosive?

    Well, besides the fact that he is the 18th leading scorer in college football (and yes. That list does include kickers), Colin Kaepernick is a dual-threat quarterback.

    If he can't get things done through the air, he will simply use his feet.

9. Mikel Leshoure, Illinois

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    Offense certainly hasn't been the problem for the Illinois Fighting Illini this season as their junior running back, Mikel Leshoure, averages about 125 yards per game.

    Leshoure is No. 2 in rushing yards in the Big Ten, and he is No. 5 in college football.

    The Illini are only 6-5 this season, but Leshoure has given this team a fighting chance against some very tough Big Ten opponents.

    Take a look at that Illinois vs. Michigan game. Leshoure accounted for 30 of the Illini's 65 points.

8. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

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    Kendall Hunter leads the Big 12 in rushing yards this season, and he is one of the main reasons that Oklahoma State is No. 1 in the nation in total offense.

    Hunter averages about 133 yards rushing per game, and he gains about six yards per carry.

    The Cowboys are looking to win their first Big 12 title this season, and if Hunter keeps up numbers like these, they should be able to pull it off!

7. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

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    Hey, I said the Cowboys were No. 1 in total offense.

    Kendall Hunter leads the Big 12 in rushing, so it is only fitting that the Cowboys' star receiver would lead the conference (and the country) in receiving yards.

    How explosive is Justin Blackmon?

    He has 170 more yards than the No. 2 receiver in the country...

    Oh yeah, and he didn't play for an entire game.

6. Bryant Moniz, Hawaii

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    Bryant Moniz leads the nation in passing yards with nearly 4,000 yards and 28 touchdown passes, and he averages about 358 passing yards per game!

    The Warriors may not be the best team in the WAC, but when Moniz connects with his favorite receiver, Greg Salas, it can be a deadly combination.

5. LaMichael James, Oregon

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    Oregon leads the nation in scoring, and the Ducks have an offensive style that leaves opponents frustrated and physically drained.

    But a team doesn't score about 50 points per game without a solid running back, and boy. do the Oregon Ducks have one in LaMichael James.

    James is first in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation in rushing yards, and he averages about 130 yards per game.

    The best part?

    He's only a sophomore!

4. Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky

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    Wait...Who?

    Bobby Rainey is a running back for the 9-2 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, and you're probably wondering how he made it on this list (much less at No. 4).

    Well, even though we won't be seeing Western Kentucky in the BCS Top 25 anytime soon, they do have the second-leading rusher in the country.

    Bobby Rainey averages around 136 yards per game, and he has 13 touchdowns on the season.

    Even in the Hilltoppers' loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Rainey was still able to average 5.2 yards per carry.

3. Cameron Newton, Auburn

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    We can't have a list of college football's most explosive players without mentioning Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton.

    Newton has been the most talked-about player in college football this season, and with good reason!

    He leads the SEC in rushing yards, and he has scored more rushing touchdowns than any other quarterback in the country.

2. Kellen Moore, Boise State

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    Kellen Moore makes the list at No. 2 for several reasons:

    1. He is the highest-rated quarterback in the country.

    2. He is one of the three most accurate quarterbacks in college football (71.8 completion percentage).

    3. He's just tricky.

    Kellen Moore picks apart defenses with Tom Brady-like consistency, and his Broncos have been the most exciting college football team this season.

1. Denard Robinson, Michigan

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    Sure, the Michigan Wolverines have had their struggles this season, but imagine where this team would be without Denard Robinson!

    Robinson leads the nation in rushing yards, but that is only a small part of what makes this young quarterback so impressive.

    During the Wolverines' game against Notre Dame, Robinson became the seventh player in the history of college football to rush for 200 yards and pass for 200 yards in a single game.

    But later this season, Robinson set his own kind of record:

    Even though Michigan lost to Wisconsin last weekend, Denard Robinson became the first player in Division I FBS history to record 1,500 yards rushing and passing in a single season.

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