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This Year’s “Shoelace”.

Last year, Denard “Shoelace” Robinson BURST onto the scene with a historic display of offensive power.  Robinson RUSHED for over 190 yards and threw for 180 more in his opening game.  The next few games?  He just threw in an over 500 yard total offense game and rushed for over 100 (sometimes 200) in 7 of his first 8 games.  Of course, Shoelace didn’t come from nowhere.  He had mad appearances in 2009, but 2010 was his TRUE breakout year.  So, who will be this years Shoelace?  Someone who people know, but comes out of nowhere to be a household name?  Here is a list of a few that I will be watching out for:

1.  Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State:  All Hillman did his Freshman year was rank 10th in the nation in yards rushing.  He averaged 117.9 yards per game and finished with 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns.  College fans have heard his name, but this year is the year Hillman becomes a household name.

2.  Orleans Darkwa, RB, Tulane:  Sweet name, even sweeter game.  As a Freshman last year, Darkwa lead his team in yards, carries, touchdowns and total offense.  Just like Matt Forte and Shaun King, Darkwa will try and help Tulane become a bit more recognized.

3.  B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida:  The South Florida rise to D1 college football has been fun to watch.  The Bulls grabbed national headlines in 2007, rising to #2 in the AP Poll.  While they aren’t UF, Florida State or Miami, they are getting close.  Daniels is a great all around talent, able to throw and run.  Watch for him on the highlight reels.

4.  Corey Robinson, QB, Troy:  Won’t impress you with his size or athletic ability, but Robinson is a guy to watch out for.  Troy loves to throw it, and he is the driver behind the wheel.  Was ranked 22nd in the nation in total offense as a Freshman.

5.  Isaiah Crowell, RB, Georgia:  One of the biggest recruits of this years class, the Bulldogs plan to use Crowell a lot this year.  He is fast, deceptively powerful and able to catch the ball as well.  He will see the field often, and early.

6.  Mike Davis, WR, Texas:  Texas had a season to forget last year, but Davis was one of the bright spots.  He caught 47 passes for 478 yards and two touchdowns.  If the Horns can figure out their QB situation, and it works, Davis could have a huge year.  Remember, Texas has lost Marquise Goodwin, Malcolm Williams and others to graduation.  Davis is now the main go to guy.

7.  Robert Woods, WR, USC:  Averaged nearly 140 all purpose yards per game last season with the Trojans.  This year, he looks to become more of a receiving threat with QB Matt Barkley.  He can beat you deep, and can return kickoffs with the best of them.

8.  Kyle Padron, QB, SMU:  It has been fun watching SMU come back from years of nothingness.  Padron is a local guy, and an exciting one to watch.  Last year, Padron threw for 3,828 yards, 31 tds and 14 int’s.  With a lot of his weapons coming back to SMU, the Mustangs could make a run at another bowl this year.

9.  Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas:  Ryan Mallet is with the Patriots, but his replacement is no slouch.  Wilson showed what he could do last year filling in for Mallet against Auburn.  Wilson threw for over 330 yards with 4 td’s against a pretty good Auburn team (I think they won it all last year).  Wilson has TONS of talent around him, and could be a dark horse for the Heisman, a lot like Denard Robinson last year.  The Piggies are a trendy pick in the SEC this year.

10.  Roy Finch, RB, Oklahoma:  I don’t like to give the Sooners too much credit, but Finch has a chance to break out this year.  With DeMarco Murray in the NFL, someone needs to step up.  With defenses focusing on Broyles and Jones, Finch has a chance to do some damage.  He isn’t huge, but that never stopped guys like Murray and Quentin Griffin.

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  1. Danny Loeffelholz
    August 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Good call on Finch! Stoops continues to talk about “RB by Committee,” but Finch seems to be the guy in that “committee.” Even got a “Q” reference in there, that-a-boy!

    • Jeff W
      August 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Hmm, we shall see. Watch Finch never play again in his life. I am good at “ruining things”. Just look at the Pirates.

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