When I began thinking about whom I thought were college football's best offensive players, I didn't know what criteria I wanted to use: Should it be the player whose team has the highest ranking, or has the most prolific stat? How about which player is the best pro prospect?
I finally decided if I were to was put together a college football offense, which players would I want to build my team around. Well here goes, my ten best offensive players in college football.
1) Tim Tebow, Florida Gators, QB, SR
You either love Tim Tebow or you don't, but the guy is a winner plain and simple.
He was an integral part of Florida's national title team in 2006. In 2007, he win's the Heisman. In 2008, he is the starting quarterback of Florida's second national championship in three years. Oh yea, he almost won the Heisman again last year. The Gators are National Championship contenders this year as well.
The only other quarterbacks in the last 25 years that I think had the ability to will their team to victory like Tebow were Tommie Frazier when he was at Nebraska in the mid 90s, and Vince Young when he was at Texas a few years ago. That's rarified air.
2) Jahvid Best, California Bears, RB, JR
It looked like every time I saw Jahvid Best carry the ball last year, he was breaking tackles en route to 15 and 20 yard gains.
Even with All-American credentials, he seems a bit forgotten on the West Coast. He averaged an astonishing 8.1 yards per carry last year, while gaining 1,580 years and 15 TDs.
That was in spite of having several nagging injuries throughout last season. Could you imagine what he will do if he remains healthy all season?
3t) Sam Bradford, Oklahoma Sooners, QB, SR and Colt McCoy, Texas Longhorns, QB, SR
I kind of copped out here ranking Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy in a tie for the third best offensive player in the country, but honestly I can't separate the two.
Both put up unbelievable stats on very successful teams. Bradford passed for a ridiculous 50 TDs last year and over 4,700 yards. Throw in a Heisman to boot.
McCoy on the other hand completed an incredible 77.6% of his passes, with 34 TDs and 3,859 yards passing. He finished second in the Heisman voting and won the Walter Camp Player of the year award.
I can't wait till these two hook-up Oct. 11 for the annual Oklahoma-Texas game. That's going to be something to see.
5) Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, RB, JR
Last year, Jonathan Dwyer looked like he was born to run in Paul Johnson's triple option offense, running over, through, and past defenders on his way to winning ACC's Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. Dwyer is looking for an even bigger season in 2009.
Dwyer gained 1,395 yards last season for a hefty 7 yards per carry average. He had 23 plays that gained 20 yards or more, and had 12 touchdowns. If he stays through his senior season, he will become Georgia Tech's all time leading rusher.
6) Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State Beavers, RB, SO
Jacquizz Rodgers is only 5’7” and 190 lbs; That doesn't sound like someone who is one of the best players in the nation, but Rodgers certainly is.
Rodgers did something last year that very few football players, have done in the last ten years. He made the USC Trojans look slow and confused. Rodgers gained 186 yards rushing against a defense that only gave up 87 rushing yards a game.
He went on to win the PAC-10 Offensive Player of the Year, while rushing for 1,253 yards and 247 yards receiving. He's only a sophomore; Remember that.
7) Robert Griffin, Baylor Bears, QB, SO
How does a quarterback for a 4-8 team make this list? You do that when you make Baylor Bear football relevant.
Griffin was only a freshman last season, but threw for over 2000 yards, and had over 800 yards rushing. He accounted for 28 total touchdowns, 15 passing and 13 rushing. Baylor hasn't been to a bowl since 1994, but Griffin could make it happen before he leaves. Did you know he is All-American hurdler?
He might be college football's best pure athlete.
8) Jevan Snead, Ole Miss Rebels, QB, JR
Jevan Snead and the Ole Miss Rebels were the only team to knock off Florida and Tim Tebow last season. They did it in Gainesville, too. Any quarterback that goes into that environment and wins automatically gets bonus points.
Snead also out dueled Texas Tech gunslinger Graham Harrell in a wild Cotton Bowl beating the Red Raiders 47-34.
Last season, Snead threw for 2,762 yards and 26 TDs. He is projected to be a first round pick in next years NFL draft. He has helped turn Ole Miss into a pre-season top 15 team.
9) Daryll Clark, Penn State Nittany Lions, QB, SR
Daryll Clark has only started one full season at Penn State, but he played last year like he's been a two or three year starter.
Clark led the Nittany Lions to an 11-2 season and the Big 10 Title. He also set a Penn State record accounting for 29 touchdowns (19 passing, 10 rushing), on his way to becoming the Big 10's best quarterback. In 321 passing attempts, he threw only six interceptions while completing nearly 60% of passes.
He's been named to the 2009 Davey O'Brien watch list given to the nations best quarterback.
10) Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State Cowboys, WR, SR
Dez Bryant is the only wide receiver to make my top ten list. He is arguably the best returning receiver in all of college football.
Bryant had an outstanding season in 2008. He caught 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 TDs, and nearly won the Biletnikoff award given to the nation's best receiver, finishing second to another pretty good Big 12 pass catcher, Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree; Byrant is the favorite to win the award this season.
He's also a very dangerous punt returner as well. Last year Byrant returned two punts for touchdowns. He's certainly makes quarterback Zac Robinson's job a lot easier