Robert Griffin Tops List of 6 Stars We May Not Be Seeing Again on Saturdays
There are several players that will be weighing their futures this Holiday season. Many will likely leave early for the NFL based on their performances on national television. Some may already have their minds made up, but if a few of these superstars do not go bonkers they may think twice before leaving college.
Also, there are more than just six names that are seriously considering leaving early for the NFL that I did not include. Matt Barkley may be the most intriguing, but the quarterback position gets enough talk to begin with and he is not playing in a bowl, so I picked two other signal-callers.
Let us all be thankful and hopeful we get dazzled one more time during this holiday season from these future NFL stars.
So, without further ado, here are your six stars that we may never see again on the college level after this postseason.
Montee Ball, Wisconsin
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Ball has had fewer touches than Barry Sanders and yet he will still likely break his record for most total touchdowns in a season.
Though the game has changed, Ball’s 38 total touchdowns are just two short of the all-time record. One more breakout game on national television and it may be time for Mr. Ball to take his talents to Sundays.
LaMichael James , Oregon
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Year: Redshirt Junior
James has already stated that he has not decided on his future and will decide after the Rose Bowl.
However, LaMichael James is arguably the most explosive runner in the country as he can take it to the house on any given play.
If he totals at least 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns, he will likely end his collegiate with a masterpiece in Pasadena.
Robert Griffin III , Baylor
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Year: Redshirt Junior
Giving Baylor their first-ever Heisman Trophy winner is quite the achievement, plus the NFL wants more quarterbacks like children want presents under the Christmas tree.
The Heisman winner has had a magical season and will be playing in the perfect bowl game to showcase his talents. Washington is 94th in total defense and 99th in scoring defense.
Kendall Wright and Terrence Ganaway may put up a boatload of yards and points alongside RGIII. However, if he does put up another thrilling (or dominating) victory thanks to a 400-yard, five-touchdown performance, book the talented signal-caller to be playing in his final collegiate game.
Morris Claiborne, LSU
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Claiborne is one guy on this list that is arguably a lock to leave regardless of what happens.
He is the best defensive back in the country and should be a top-five NFL Draft pick (Rams). He made lots of people forget Patrick Peterson thanks to Tyrann Mathieu as well.
Mo’s six picks speaks volumes, as he is the last person on the planet you want to throw towards.
Jarvis Jones, Georgia
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Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Jarvis Jones is a redshirt sophomore for the Georgia Bulldogs and he has been terrorizing the SEC for the entire season. After not being medically cleared for USC, he quickly moved on to the Dawgs and he has been a hungry player.
Nearly unblockable off the edge, Jones has totaled 69 tackles along with 19.5 tackles for a loss and a new Bulldog-record 13.5 sacks. He is a can’t-miss NFL prospect (eligible three years past high school) and can become a mid-tier and first-round lock with a productive game against Michigan State.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
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Year: Redshirt Junior
This might be the toughest decision to make according to most “experts” because Jones has struggled miserably as of late.
Since losing Broyles, Jones has throw zero touchdowns and five interceptions. Plus, he is coming off a terrible two-fumble game that cost his team 14 points.
He will also be without Jaz Reynolds against Iowa and even if he has a good game many are speculating that he will return for his redshirt senior season.
His pitiful performances (at least for his standards) down the stretch of the season have been tough to watch and this is coming from the starting quarterback on the preseason number-one ranked team.
Landry is arguably the only guy on this list that may not be playing in his final collegiate game in the coming weeks, but the possibility is still there with the Seattle Seahawks and a few other NFL teams that will closely be watching him in the Insight Bowl.