I think it's clear Adrian Peterson is by far the best freshman running back in the country, and quite possibly the best running back in the country period. Are there any comparable players at the WR position?
I'd like to nominate Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech. He was recently named ACC Rookie of the Year, he caught 46 balls for 776 yards for 6 touchdowns, and he was EASILY the #1 receiver for GT this year. What the stats don't capture though is the number of ridiculous highlight reel catches he made this season. If GT can find a quarterback with at least moderate ability to throw accurately and perhaps also a viable #2 receiver, I don't see why CJ can't find himself contending for All-American honors. It's too bad at least one of those two factors currently ain't there..
EDIT: "Randy Moss wasn't this good!" -- Lee Corso re: Calvin Johnson after yet another acrobatic catch in tonight's bowl game
Lance Leggett, once he cures his occasional case of the dropsies, is going to be the next big reciever at Miami.
This year: 13rec 246yds 3tds 18.9avg in limited playing time, but he's shown already he's got GREAT home-run-ball capability.
(edited by Blanket Jackson on 22.12.04 1441) ""We may boo Santa Claus and throw frozen batteries in the end zone, but we don't throw $7 beers. We don't waste those." -Spurs forward and Philadelphia native Malik Rose, speaking on the Pacers-Pistons incident
C-USA had a bid to the Liberty Bowl anyway... it was a holdover from a previous conference, if I remember correctly. What was truly amusing was the Liberty Bowl organizers trying to get the Liberty Bowl in as a BCS bowl.