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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Midseason Evaluations: The Top Talent

We have reached midseason, and with that, it's time for some midseason evaluations. We will begin by looking at the top talent in college football thus far, assessing the pro prospects from the chumps. Here are the top 10 at the big three offensive positions thus far:

1. Troy Smith, Ohio State
2. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
3. Erik Ainge, Tennessee
4. Chris Leak, Florida
5. John David Booty, USC
6. Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh
7. Kevin Kolb, Houston
8. Colt McCoy, Texas
9. John Beck, BYU
10. Chad Henne, Michigan

Others to watch: Colt Brennan (Hawaii), Chase Daniel (Missouri), Nate Longshore (California), JeMarcus Russell (LSU), Drew Tate (Iowa), Zac Taylor (Nebraska), Andre' Woodson (Kentucky)

Running Backs
1. Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
2. Mike Hart, Michigan
3. Steve Slaton, West Virginia
4. Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois
5. Ian Johnson, Boise State
6. Marshawn Lynch, California
7. James Davis, Clemson
8. Kenny Irons, Auburn
9. Antonio Pittman, Ohio State
10. Darren McFadden, Arkansas

Others to watch: Tashard Choice (Georgia Tech), Arian Foster (Tennessee), Jovorskie Lane (Texas A&M), Ray Rice (Rutgers), Jonathan Stewart (Oregon), George Stripling (Louisville), Darius Walker (Notre Dame)

Wide Receivers
1. Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
2. Ted Ginn, Ohio State
3. Mario Manningham, Michigan
4. Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame
5. Dwayne Jarrett, USC
6. Limas Sweed, Texas
7. Sidney Rice, South Carolina
8. Robert Meacham, Tennessee
9. Steve Smith, USC
10. Rhema McKnight, Notre Dame

Others to Watch: Dorien Bryant (Purdue), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio State), Jason Hill (Washington State), DeSean Jackson (California), Derek Kinder (Pittsburgh), Jayson Swain (Tennessee), Derrick Williams (Penn State)

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