College Football – Top 10 Players Through September 2011
We've already gone through a month of college football and with week 5 looming around the corner, there are already some players that are separating themselves from everybody else. What I love about college football is that it truly shows the talent level and passion these guys have. They are not going after a paycheck, they are going after wins and pride for their team. So, you see that passion come out and these guys leave nothing on the table. With that said, here is a look at college football's top 10 players through September 2011.
Michael Floyd – Notre Dame
Michael Floyd is one of those receivers that demands a defense to double cover him – and he still throwing down some huge numbers. Last year, as a junior, he hauled in 28 TD's. Through 4 games this year, Floyd has 35 receptions for 424 yards with 2 TD's for the Irish. His 12.1 yards per catch with a 106.0 yards per game has him as one of the top receivers in the country.
Brandon Weeden – Oklahoma State
Brandon Weeden is not only the key to the success of Oklahoma State's powerful offense, but he could be a Heisman Trophy candidate. It helps if you have an awesome receiver like Justin Blackmon to throw to. Weeden has hit 142 of his 191 passes for 1,592 yards with 10 TD's. He has also proved, with a 4th quarter comeback over the Aggies, that he does not give up. His interceptions have his QB rating down a bit, but he sure makes up for it with his completion percentage (74.3%).
Andrew Luck – Stanford
There are some people that think that Andrew Luck is the real deal while others think that the fact that he had such a good team last year padded his numbers a bit. Even though his numbers are down a bit this year, he still has the Cardinals at 3-0. Through the month of September, he has hit 57 of 85 passes for 786 yards with 8 TD's and 1 interception. Not awesome numbers by any means, but I still think this kid is pretty good so I'll put him in the top 10 – at least for now.
Justin Blackmon – Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State has a reputation of producing some very talented receivers (See Dez Bryant), and Justin Blackmon is no exception. Through the first month of college football, Blackmon has 38 catches for 450 yards and 4 TD's with a 112.5 yards per game average.
Trent Richardson – Alabama
The Crimson Tide faithful wondered who would step up after losing Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram to the NFL. The answer? Trent Richardson. Richardson has put together one heck of a year so far. He's rushed 67 times for 441 yards with 8 TD's. He's averaging 6.6 yards per carry so anytime he touches the ball, he could go all the way.
Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina
249 rushes for 1197 yards with 17 TD's. Those were Marcus Lattimore's stats for last year – as a freshman! This year, Lattimore is off and running again with 107 rushes for 611 yards with 8 TD's and a 5.7 yards per carry. He can also catch the ball well, snagging 12 catches for 139 yards and a TD. He should demolish last year's stats.
LaMichael James – Oregon
If there is anyone better than Marcus Lattimore, it might be LaMichael James of Oregon. James is the current nations top rusher with 65 rushes for 613 yards with 7 TD's. His average yards per carry is a ridiculous 9.4. With 153 yards per game, he's off to a really great start.
Russell Wilson – Wisconsin
Russell Wilson is a gunslinger. He's one of the top 3 QB's in the nation hitting 69 of 91 passes for 1136 yards for a 75.8 completion percentage. With a 12.4 yards per pass average, every time he steps back to throw, look out. He has the Badgers at 4-0 and looking to have a shot at the national title.
Kellen Moore – Boise State
Kellen Moore is not only one of the best QB's in the nation, he might be one of the best to ever play. I know, that might be a pretty bold statement, but the stats don't lie. In the 3 games the Broncos have played, Moore is 83 of 105 for 995 yards with 12 TD's and only 1 pick. Later this year, he should become the winningest QB in college football history. He has his Broncos off to another undefeated start and, barring losses and polls, should be playing for a national title this year.
Robert Griffin III – Baylor
Robert Griffin III is the number 1 QB in the nation right now. After a shocking win over TCU, the Bears are undefeated and in the top 25. A lot of the reason why is because of Griffin. He has some pretty insane stats through the first month of college football season. Try these on for size – 70 of 82 (85.4%) for 962 yards with 13 TD's, and, get this, NO interceptions. Very, very impressive.