Auburn came away with the win in one of the most exciting National Championship games in recent years. Oregon played a hard-fought game, but could not take down Cameron Newton, Nick Fairley and the Auburn Tigers.
There was a total of 11 players that took the field for the BCS National Championship Game who received draftable grades from Scouts Inc., and some of those players were Lee Ziemba, LaMichael James, Casey Matthews, Wes Byrum, Mario Fannin, and Cam Newton.
Many players that played in the Championship game on Monday have very bright futures in the NFL, and may someday be champions at the professional level.
The following college superstars, and Head Coaches, have very promising futures ahead of them after achieving the success that they have had this past season.
Weight: 215 pounds
Season Stats: 182 rushing attempts for 1093 yards and five touchdowns; One reception for nine yards
Performance in BCS Championship: 22 carries for 143 yards
After having an extremely productive season as a freshman, Michael Dyer shows a ton of potential for the future. He then topped off an extraordinary freshman season with an outstanding performance in the BCS National Championship game. If Dyer can continue to contribute as he did this past season, he will be a top NFL running back prospect in two years when he's eligible for the Draft.
Weight: 180 pounds
Season Stats: 30 total tackles(21 solo, nine assisted), six interceptions, and one touchdown
Performance in BCS Championship: One interception
While the Oregon Ducks will lose 11 starters next year due to graduation and the NFL Draft, the highly talented and athletic Cliff Harris will be back in Eugene for another season. After having an excellent 2010 season, NFL scouts will be guaranteed to have their eye on Harris in the future.
Weight: 250 pounds
Season Stats: 185-280, 2854 yards, a 66.1 CMP%, 30 touchdowns, seven interceptions, an a 182.05 QB rating
Performance in BCS Championship: 20-34, 265 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, a 58.8 CMP %, and a 137.82 QB rating
Cam Newton is known for his unbelievable running abilities, but also has a cannon for an arm with underrated accuracy. Newton has the potential to be a solid professional, and is projected to be picked in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Weight: 185 pounds
Season Stats: 294 rushing attempts for 1731 yards and 21 touchdowns; 17 receptions for 208 yards and three touchdowns
Performance in BCS Championship: 13 carries for 49 yards; four receptions for 39 yards and two touchdowns
LaMichael James had an excellent sophomore season being one of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy. James was also a candidate for the 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award (which recognizes the nation's top running back). James was eligible for the NFL Draft this year, but has decided to return to Oregon for another season. Expect James to be a Heisman candidate throughout the 2011 college season once again.
Weight: 212 pounds
Season Stats: 222-361, 2881 yards, a 61.5 CMP%, 30 touchdowns, nine interceptions, and a 150.97 QB rating
Performance in BCS Championship: 27-40, 363 yards, a 67.5 CMP%, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 150.23 QB rating
Darren Thomas got his opportunity to start this year and had one hell of a season. Don't be surprised is Thomas is among LaMichael James as front-runners for the Heisman Trophy throughout most of next season, being a serious Heisman candidate.
Overall Head Coaching Record: 27-24
Record at Iowa State: 5-19
Record at Auburn: 22-5
Bowl Record: 2-0
Record this Season: 14-0
Awards and Championships: Broyles Award(2004), National Championship(2010), SEC Championship(2010), SEC Coach of the Year, Home Depot Coach of the Year(2010), and Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winner
Overall Head Coaching Record: 22-4
Record at Oregon: 22-4
Bowl Record: 0-2
Record this Season: 12-1
Awards and Championships: (2x) Pac-10 championships(2009,2010), Pac-10 Coach of the Year(2009,2010), Eddie Robinson, Walter Camp, Sporting News, AFCA and Associated Press Coach of the Year for 2010
Weight: 319 pounds
Lee Ziemba has started every single game at left tackle since arriving at Auburn in 2007, recording 52 consecutive starts including the 2011 BCS National Championship. Ziemba accepted an invitation for the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl and released a statement saying, "It's a great honor being selected to the Senior Bowl. You can really learn a lot form the coaches that coach there and improve how you play the game. It's definitely an honor and I'm really excited about it." Ziemba is the 10th highest ranked offensive tackle by ESPN insider, and will likely be selected somewhere between the mid-second to third round.
Weight: 235 pounds
Season Stats: 72 total tackles(37 solo, 35 assisted), three sacks, and one interception
Performance in BCS Championship: One total tackle
Casey Matthews comes from quite the athletic family which means if he stays along the same path he should be a successful NFL player. His father, Clay, won a Rose Bowl championship in 1974 with USC, playing in the NFL for 19 years, and his uncle, Bruce, was a NFL offensive lineman that was eventually inducted into the hall-of-fame. Also, his brother Clay Matthews Jr., won a national title with the Trojans in 2004 as a linebacker, and is now currently in the NFL playing for the Green Bay Packers. Casey Matthews is currently ranked as the 12th best inside linebacker entering the draft, by ESPN insider, and will likely be selected between rounds four and five.
Weight: 298 pounds
Season Stats: 56 total tackles(32 solo, 24 assisted), 12 sacks, and one interception
Performance in BCS Championship: Five total tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack, one forced fumble
While at Auburn, Nick Fairley exhibited an explosive first step and proved that he can be a highly effective pass rusher. Mel Kiper Jr. has Fairley as a Top-10 lock and believes that he "epitomizes the ideal penetrating 4-3 tackle." Fairley has recently been projected within the top three picks of many mock drafts after finishing off the 2010 season very strong. Fairley is the highest rated DT entering the draft, ahead of Alabama's Marcell Dareus and Oregon State's Stephen Paea, both also projected to go in the first round.