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10. San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman
The Aztecs believe they’ve mined a feature back to go along with their high-powered passing game. A lightly-recruited true freshman out of La Habra (Calif.) High School, he’s started his career with 215 yards rushing and five touchdowns, including four in the blowout of New Mexico State.
9. East Carolina QB Dominique Davis
It has to be frustrating for Boston College to watch Davis, who got booted out of Chestnut Hill for academic reasons. As the new triggerman in the Pirates’ Air Raid offense, he’s found new life, opening with eight touchdowns and a pick in a pair of wins.
8. Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez
Taking a page out of the old Husker playbook, Martinez is doing most of his damage with his feet. The precocious redshirt freshman has now rushed for 284 yards and five scores in two games to rank No. 7 nationally.
7. The Michigan State ground game
Playing offense up to Mark Dantonio’s liking, the Spartans rank No. 11 nationally on the ground and are getting contributions from multiple sources. In the opener, Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell went for more than 100 yards, while Baker ripped off 183 more on Saturday. The pair averaging almost nine yards a carry.
6. The Cal D
Okay, it’s early and you never want to get too sucked into this program, but the defense is off to a terrific start. In Saturday’s unexpectedly easy rout of Colorado, Cal had six sacks, three picks, and allowed one meaningless touchdown when the game was out of reach.
5. South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore
A star has been born in Columbia, and he might be ready to carry the Gamecocks to new heights under Steve Spurrier. Just a few months after arriving on campus, Lattimore was the story in South Carolina’s 17-6 defeat of Georgia, running for 182 yards and two scores on 37 carries.
4. The Florida pass defense
Somewhat lost in the hysteria surrounding the offense has been the play of the secondary, which has allowed one touchdown pass while picking off eight others. The combination of Janoris Jenkins, Jeremy Brown, Ahmad Black, and Josh Evans held South Florida passers to 6-of-23 for 86 yards in Gainesville.
Giving literal meaning to a point-a-minute offense, the Ducks have now scored 120 points in the first 120 minutes of the 2010 season. Even the defense and special teams got in the act in Knoxville, fueling a run of 45 unanswered points in a 48-13 comeback smackdown of Tennessee.
Authors of the most impressive win of the season so far, the Sooners trucked visiting Florida State and basically ended QB Christian Ponder’s Heisman campaign … while Landry Jones’ may have just begun. The sophomore sparkled, going 30-of-40 for 380 yards and four touchdowns.
1. Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Back for a return engagement, Robinson actually topped his opening day performance versus Connecticut. In one of the epic individual efforts in Wolverine history, he ran for 258 yards, threw for 244 yards, accounted for three scores, and led Michigan on the game-winning drive in the waning moments in South Bend. Good luck finding a No. 16 jersey in Ann Arbor.
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