College Football: 5 Players Who Will Rebound to Have a Good Year
In the world of college football, there is no room for failure. Even one loss keeps you from contention for the National Championship.
While any given player can have a great year, it can all slip through their fingers with one bad throw, one missed catch or one blown coverage.
This isn't the ultimate failure, though, because there are plenty of Bowl games to play in. However, some Bowl games have significantly less prominence than others, and whether you win them or not, it still isn't that great of an accomplishment.
In 2010, there were plenty of great college athletes that were either in the spotlight and came up short, or were kept out of the spotlight but deserved better.
Here are five college football players that will rebound to have a good year in 2011.
Russell Wilson: QB, Wisconsin
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Russell Wilson started his college career at North Carolina State. After being near the bottom of the ACC, Wilson decided to transfer to the Big Ten and Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Badgers are always a solid team, and the much higher level of talent around him in Madison will help Wilson to rebound from a not-so-great showing at NC State to have a solid year in 2011.
DeVier Posey: WR, Ohio State
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Ohio State is traditionally one of the top teams in not only the Big Ten, but in all of college football. Unfortunately, as of late, Ohio State has fallen from grace a little bit with the situation regarding former QB Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor's departure for the NFL leaves the team with a lot less distractions off the field, but without a proven QB on the field.
This shouldn't affect WR DeVier Posey all that much. Posey is regarded as one of the Buckeyes' best players, and could end up being one of the better receivers in all of college football.
Regardless of the QB, Posey shouldn't have a problem rebounding from losing his star QB to the NFL.
He'll have a big year in 2011.
Kellen Moore: QB, Boise State
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Its hard to argue that there's a more important player in Boise State football history than Kellen Moore.
This young QB has put his program on the map on a national level.
Boise State's only loss last year was to their conference foes, the Nevada Wolf Pack. This was a big loss for Moore who had high expectations of a National Championship berth.
Along with that loss to Nevada, Moore lost his top two receivers, Austin Pettis and Titus Young, to the NFL.
He will have to prove that he can win without his top targets.
Moore will be able to rebound from a big loss to Nevada in 2010 by coming back to win his conference and leading the Broncos to a BCS Championship Game.
Andrew Luck: QB, Stanford
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After 2010, everyone seemed to think Andrew Luck was going to leave school early for the NFL Draft. This probably included Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, who, accordingly, left to coach the San Fransisco 49ers.
Even though he was considered a lock for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Luck decided to finish school and return for one last season at Stanford.
I'm not going to sit here and argue that Luck had a bad year in 2010, but he will have to bounce back from losing his head coach to the NFL.
Luck will have to avoid the same fate that Jake Locker faced after his decision to return for another year at Washington before entering the draft. Locker did not have a great year at all, and instead of being a No. 1 pick, Locker fell to later in the round.
Luck will be able to avoid this fate because he is so much more talented than other college QBs. He'll be able to rebound from losing his head coach and have a great year.
LaMicheal James: RB, Oregon
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LaMichael James is one of the focal points of a very dangerous Oregon Ducks offense.
James was a leading Heisman Trophy candidate averaging 153 yards per game in 2010.
He and the Ducks made it all the way to the BCS National Championship game, where the speedy little RB was slowed significantly, being held to only 49 yards.
The Ducks offense as a whole was stagnant against a solid Auburn defense. Auburn walked away with the victory, leaving Oregon and their fans with nothing but disappointment.
In 2011, though, LaMichael James will rebound from this loss and have a solid year. He is still one of the better RBs in college football and is still very much one of the most important pieces in Oregon's offense.
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