1. Maurice Clarett, RB, OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes back (above) has the talent, the team and the TV
exposure; if he avoids injury (and clears the air with the NCAA),
it's his to lose.
2. Kevin Jones, RB, VIRGINIA TECH
With last year's platoon partner Lee Suggs gone to the NFL, the
top high school recruit from 2001 is poised for a huge season.
3. Cody Pickett, QB, WASHINGTON
His 2002 passing numbers (4,458 yards, 28 touchdowns) were on par
with Carson Palmer's.
4. Andrew Walter, QB, ARIZONA STATE
He didn't start until the fifth game and still passed for 3,877
yards in a let-it-fly system.
5. Roy Williams, WR, TEXAS
The potential top pick next spring would be the first wideout to
win since Desmond Howard in '91.
1. Anthony Davis, RB, WISCONSIN
He had the most rushing yards (3,021) in the nation over the past
2. Chris Gamble, DB-WR, OHIO STATE
Might see 100 snaps per game; playing in the shadow of Clarett,
he'll need them.
3. Frank Gore, RB, MIAMI
Willis McGahee was his backup before Gore tore his right ACL in
the spring of 2002.
4. Philip Rivers, QB, N.C. STATE
He needs huge numbers--and victories--at Ohio State and Florida
State to make his case.
5. Brad Smith, QB, MISSOURI
Sensational dual threat, but the Tigers must do better than last
year's 5-7 mark.
COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN (TROPHY)
COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER (CLARETT)