Alamo Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl, Texas Bowl: Justin Blackmon, Top Players

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 29, 2010

Alamo Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl, Texas Bowl: Justin Blackmon, Top Players

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    With three bowl games on the schedule Wednesday, we should be in for a college football treat. 

    First, Maryland and East Carolina will duke it out in the Armed Forces Bowl, even though neither team is affiliated with the armed forces. 

    After that comes the Texas Bowl, where Baylor will play Illinois. 

    The final game will be between No. 14 Oklahoma State and the Arizona Wildcats. 

    With six quality teams, there will be a ton of talent on the three fields. 

    Read on to see the top 15 offensive players. 

Jonathan Williams (East Carolina)

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    The senior from Greenville, North Carolina is enjoying quite a productive season. 

    Williams is the starting running back for the East Carolina Pirates and has carried the ball 153 times for them this season. 

    On those attempts, he's averaged 5.5 yards per carry while picking up 846 yards. Williams has also burst into the end zone 10 times. 

    He's also proven to be a decent receiver out of the backfield, catching 48 passes for 439 yards and another score. 

Dwayne Harris (East Carolina)

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    Dwayne Harris has absolutely been one of the best wide receiver for the Pirates of East Carolina in 2010. 

    The talented pass-catcher has hauled in 93 receptions for 1,055 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

    The six-foot tall Georgia native has been very consistent throughout the year, scoring in eight of his team's 12 games. 

    Harris' best game of the year came in their season-openener against Tulsa when he caught seven passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. 

Lance Lewis (East Carolina)

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    East Carolina's most productive wide receiver has been Lance Lewis. 

    In his 12 games so far in 2010, Lewis has caught 78 passes but he's averaged 12.6 yards per catch. As a result, he's racked up 979 yards through the air to go along with his 13 receiving touchdowns. 

    Lewis has only been held without a score in three games and has four games this year with two touchdowns. 

    He's picked it up a notch in recent weeks, scoring in four straight games. Lewis' most productive outing came in their last game, when he caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. 

Torrey Smith (Maryland)

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    Torrey Smith is the sole representative of the Maryland Terrapins on this list. 

    The star wide receiver is a junior this year and enjoying the most productive season of his collegiate career. 

    Although he's been plagued by inconsistency all year, Smith has managed to catch 65 passes for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. 

    His best game helped his stats significantly. In Maryland's final game of the regular season, Smith torched NC State for 14 catches, 224 receiving yards and four touchdowns. 

    Obviously he has the ability to explode on any given day. 

Nathan Scheelhaase (Illinois)

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    Nathan Scheelhaase has quarterbacked the Illinois Fighting Illini into a bowl game this year with both his arm and his legs. 

    He's completed only 56.8 percent of his throws, 137-for-241, but they've gone for 1,583 yards and 17 touchdowns. Scheelhaase has added eight interceptions, six of which came in two games.

    On the ground, the quarterback has picked up another 815 yards and four touchdowns.

    He's one of the premier dual threat quarterbacks playing today and should give Baylor a good fight.  

Mikel Leshoure (Illinois)

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    Not only has Mikel Leshoure been Illinois' most productive backs, he's also been one of the best in his conference. 

    The junior for Champaign, Illinois has carried the ball 252 times this season, picking up 1,513 yards. He's also scored 14 times on the ground. 

    Leshoure has only caught 15 passes this year, but he's gained 175 yards on them and added another three touchdowns. 

    He's a dynamic running back capable of tearing apart many defenses. 

Robert Griffin III (Baylor)

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    It's been very difficult to shut down Robert Griffin III this season as he can produce with his right arm and both legs. 

    Griffin has completed 274 of his 413 passes this season, good for a completion percentage of 66.3. The passes have resulted in 3,195 yards through the air and 21 touchdowns. He's only been picked off eight times in 2010. 

    The quarterback has also run 133 times for 591 yards and eight touchdowns. 

    He's a talent for sure. 

Jay Finley (Baylor)

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    Through the first six games of the season, Jay Finley had rushed for a high of 76 yards and had only scored once. Then he exploded. 

    Finley, to this point in the year, has 1,155 yards on the ground and has found the end zone 11 times. 

    His rushing totals in the last six games of the year have been 143, 250, 116, 91, 169 and 82. He's also scored ten touchdowns in those six games. 

    The game where he ran for 250 yards came against Colorado. In that game, the running back also scored twice. 

    He will be looking to continue his incredible run against Illinois in the Texas Bowl. 

Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)

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    The Cowboys' junior quarterback has led the team to the most offensive yardage in the country. 

    Weeden, a junior from Edmond, Oklahoma, has completed 67.4 percent of his passes. The 317 completions have gone for 4,037 yards and 32 touchdowns. As much as he's thrown the ball this season, it's understandable that he's also been picked off 13 times. 

    The quarterback has thrown a touchdown pass in every single game of the year, scoring multiple times in all but two. He's even had a six-touchdown performance. 

Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State)

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    After missing much of the 2009 season due to injury, Kendall Hunter got off to a great start against Washington State and never looked back. In the season opener, the running back carried the ball 21 times for 257 yards and four touchdowns. 

    Over the course of the season, Hunter has gained 1,516 yards and found paydirt 16 times. He's elevated his draft stock immensely and will go down as one of the better running backs to ever play for Oklahoma State.

    The senior is going to want to end his two-game scoring drought and finish his college career with a bang.  

Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)

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    In my opinion, Justin Blackmon is the best wide receiver in the entire country. Keep in mind this is coming from a Georgia fan who gets to watch A.J. Green play week in and week out. 

    Blackmon has only played in 11 games this year, but has still caught 102 passes for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns. He added a 19th touchdown on the ground. 

    The sophomore has had over 100 yards receiving and has found the end zone in every single game he played. 

    You simply cannot stop him. 

Nick Foles (Arizona)

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    The junior from Austin, Texas has enjoyed a fine season at quarterback for the Arizona Wildcats despite the fact that he missed two games in the middle of the season. 

    Foles has completed 254 of his 376 passes for 2,911 yards and 19 touchdowns. He's only been picked off seven times in 2010. 

    Since returning from his knee injury, Foles has been on a tear. The quarterback has thrown three touchdown passes in each of his last three games. 

    Against Oregon he even threw for 448 yards. 

Keola Antolin (Arizona)

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    The junior from Las Vegas has been good but not great for the Wildcats at the running back position this season. 

    He's carried the ball 142 times, picking up 667 yards and seven touchdowns in the process. 

    Antolin has also caught 28 passes for 204 yards and another two scores during the 2010 season. 

    All of his touchdowns came during the middle of the season and he's been slumping as of late though. 

Nic Grigsby (Arizona)

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    Arizona's senior running back has been fighting injuries throughout the year and hopes to have one last good performance before leaving Arizona. 

    He's only run for 474 yards and had another 163 receiving, but Grigsby has picked up nine touchdowns for the Wildcats through the air and on the ground. 

    His best game came in the second week of the season against Citadel when he ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns. 

Juron Criner (Arizona)

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    The junior wide receiver from Las Vegas has without a doubt been the most productive Wildcat at his position. 

    Throughout the year, Criner has hauled in 73 passes for 1,186 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

    He's scored in eight of the 12 games that Arizona has played this year but only had two multi-touchdown performances. 

    Fortunately for Arizona fans, those came back-to-back in the last two weeks of the regular season.