Saturday, January 8, 2011
Rivals.com 2009 Top 100 Players
Don’t let the relative lack of size fool you – Hughes is a big-time player. He is coming off a breakout season in which he led the nation in sacks with 15 and forced fumbles with six. He also had two interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown, and 19.5 tackles for loss. He was an all-state running back in high school but was moved to end as soon as he arrived at TCU.
Williams, who began his career at Arkansas, led the Trojans in receptions and receiving yardage last season. He caught 58 passes for 869 yards (15 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Trojans. Williams has good size, and though he’s not necessarily a burner, he has great hands, runs good routes and knows how to get open. A 70-catch season is a legit goal even though USC has a new quarterback
Williams is the Sooners’ only returning starter on the offensive line, though he is moving to the left side after playing right tackle last season. Williams has good quickness and possesses a mean streak. Numerous NFL draft analysts said he would’ve been a first-round pick had he left school after his junior season. He and Oklahoma State T Russell Okung could be the two best college linemen this season
Keenum is the nation’s returning total offense leader after he threw for 5,020 yards last season. He has thrown for at least 300 yards in 13 consecutive games and had five 400-yard games last season; he also had nine three-touchdown games last season. Keenum has 58 TD passes and 16 touchdown runs in his two seasons. He should put up more monster numbers this season, and a 5,000-yard, 40-TD season will be easily attainable
Why doesn’t he get more national attention? Briscoe caught 92 passes for 1,407 yards and 15 touchdowns last season to set school records in the latter two categories. Briscoe also set school records for most 100-yard games in a season (seven), consecutive 100-yard games (four) and receiving yards in a game (269) while tying a school record for catches in a game (14). Briscoe and Kerry Meier give Kansas arguably the nation’s top receiving tandem.