Andrew Luck and 9 Other Offensive CFB Players We'll Miss Most Next Season
With the regular season over and bowl season beginning to hit its stride, college football will be ending in just about a week.
While this moment is bittersweet, spring practices begin very soon and the season will be in full swing before you know it.
Let's reminisce upon this season, remembering the top players who made us say "wow," with their tremendous performances.
This article lists 10 offensive players who we will greatly miss due to their big-play tendencies and sometimes steady play. Keep in mind, this list only has players who are either seniors and ones who have definitively said that they are leaving for the NFL Draft.
Kellen Moore, QB (Boise State)
Kellen Moore has had one of he greatest college football careers ever, losing only three games in his four years as Boise State's starter.
He threw for 3,800 yards and 43 touchdowns in his senior season and almost 15,000 yards for his career as a Bronco.
Moore's career might have been more renowned if he played in a major conference, where more Heisman votes and consideration would follow.
Surprisingly, Moore only played in one BCS bowl game, due in part to two missed field-goal kicks in his junior and senior seasons.
His final game, against Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl, was possibly his worst of the season, but he still led his squad to a victory in a 56-24 drubbing of a talented Arizona State team.
Case Keenum, QB (Houston)
Case Keenum shattered almost every major collegiate passing record, en route to a 5,000-yard, 45-touchdown season at Houston.
His team's BCS dreams were dashed by Larry Fedora-led Southern Miss, who destroyed the Cougars by 21 points. However, this does not take away from his spectacular career. Keenum threw for 18,685 yards and 152 touchdowns, both of which are Division I records.
He also shown his resiliency this year, after he came back from an ugly ACL injury which sidelined him after only three games.
Keenum will play his final game against Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl, looking to lead Houston to a 13-win season.
Justin Blackmon, WR (Oklahoma State)
Justin Blackmon had his second straight standout season, winning two consecutive Biletnikoff Awards as the nation's leading receiver.
This past season, he had 113 receptions, 1,335 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, while being Brandon Weeden's major target all season long.
Even though he is only a junior, Blackmon has made his intentions clear that he will be declaring for the NFL Draft, with his stock at its absolute highest. In most cases, Blackmon will likely be a top-10 pick.
In the end, Blackmon finished with 3,378 yards receiving and 37 touchdowns, even though he had only 260 yards and two touchdowns in his freshman season.
Blackmon and his fellow Cowboys will be playing in the Fiesta Bowl on January 2nd. He will try to finish out his college career on a high note.
Doug Martin, RB (Boise State)
Doug Martin is one of the more underrated offensive players in the nation, while being overshadowed during his Boise State career by Kellen Moore, Austin Pettis and Titus Young.
However, Martin has been one of the most reliable offensive weapons in the country over the past two years, improving his numbers every year.
This year, he rushed for 1299 yards and 16 touchdowns and was always a big-play threat when he touched the ball.
His impact was felt the most in the Broncos game against TCU, where he did not play and his team consequently lost.
Martin played big in his final collegiate game, rushing for 151 yards and reaching the end zone once in a 56-24 win over Arizona State.
Russell Wilson, QB (Wisconsin)
After reaching the Rose Bowl in 2011, the Wisconsin Badgers needed a quarterback to contend.
They got just what they needed in Russell Wilson.
Wilson had an outstanding football career, starting as a true freshman at NC State and throwing 17 touchdowns to only one interception in his first year.
He put up two solid seasons in his sophomore and junior seasons, but saved the best for last when he threw for 31 touchdowns and 2879 yards. Oh yeah, he also had virtuoso running back Montee Ball on his team.
Wilson will lead the Badgers to their second straight Rose Bowl appearance as they look to defeat the Oregon Ducks on January 2nd.
Kendall Wright, WR (Baylor)
Raise your hand if you thought Kendall Wright's statistics would be comparable with Justin Blackmon's in 2011.
I know, shocking. What makes Wright's story so great is that he has improved every single year, while being Robert Griffin III's major offensive weapon.
His speed is spellbinding at times and stymied Big 12 competition, including raking up 208 yards for a winning cause over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Wright had 1,572 yards, 13 touchdowns and 101 receptions, and has definitely put himself into first-round consideration for the upcoming draft.
He will play his last game for the Bears in the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 29th, looking to help guide Baylor to a 10-win season.
Ryan Broyles, WR (Oklahoma)
Ryan Broyles is the quintessential Oklahoma Sooner, playing a major role in four seasons at Norman. He was sorely missed after suffering a season-ending injury against Texas A&M.
Broyles still had 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns in a shortened season and was in the running for the Biletnikoff Award while healthy.
Over the course of his career, Broyles had 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns, an astounding total considering that he played in a major conference for all four seasons.
Broyles' best season was his junior season, where he caught 131 balls, while having 1,622 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
Sadly, he will not be able to play in his last bowl game due to a season-ending ACL injury.
Coby Fleener, TE (Stanford)
Coby Fleener is probably the best receiving tight end in the nation and could be among the first few taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.
He put up big numbers in Andrew Luck's offense, getting 634 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns, showing his nose for the end zone.
Fleener has improved every single year as a member of the Cardinal, due in part to Luck being his quarterback, but possibly also due to Fleener's great work ethic.
He will play his last football game at the Fiesta Bowl, trying to help Stanford win two consecutive BCS bowls and finish the season in the top two.
Lamar Miller RB (Miami)
We talk about LaMichael James, Montee Ball, David Wilson and Trent Richardson, but Lamar Miller is probably only one rung lower than these studs.
The redshirt sophomore running back did announce his intentions of entering the NFL Draft, where he is a likely first-round pick and the second tailback taken if Trent Richardson decides to also enter.
Miller had 1,272 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, even with uneven quarterback play and a controversial booster scandal.
He is one of the more elusive running backs in the nation and has such great promise at the next level.
Miller already played in his last collegiate game against Boston College, after Miami decided to not participate in postseason play.
Andrew Luck QB (Stanford)
Let's be honest. Andrew Luck might be the best professional draft prospect since John Elway, another standout Stanford quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
However, Luck also puts up the numbers to justify his high expectations. Last season, he had 3,170 yards passing and 35 touchdowns, even with a 1,000-yard rusher in Stepfan Taylor in the backfield.
Luck finished his Stanford career with 9,083 yards passing and 80 touchdowns and had completion percentages of 70 and 70.7 over the past two seasons.
In addition, he finished as the runner-up to the Heisman trophy in consecutive years, achieving this feat for the first time since Darren McFadden came in second place in 2006 and 2007.
Luck will finish his college career in the Fiesta Bowl, where he will lead Stanford against a potent Oklahoma State offense.