College Football is finally upon us! Are you as thrilled as we are? We've been waiting for this day for what seems like forever. We know it is going to be one exciting season with several nail-biting matchups and plenty of talent to watch.
To kick off the 2015 season, we are analyzing the nation’s top offensive players and sharing who we think should be on your radar. In no particular order, here are the top college football offensive players to watch in 2015.
Nick Chubb | Georgia | Running Back
Georgia’s Nick Chubb put on quite the show after Todd Gurley went down with an ACL injury. Although he entered the season late, this freshman All-American rushed for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. He stepped into a starring role with ease and demonstrated his vision, quickness, strength and endurance. He is a consistent force who will continue to power through defenders in 2015.
Trevone Boykin | TCU | Quarterback
TCU’s Trevone Boykin has the potential to capture TCU’s second-ever Heisman, as he currently sits as a favorite to win the award. In 2014, he had 4,608 total yards (3,901 passing) and 41 total touchdowns. Boykin absolutely destroys on the field and ranked in the top 10 in 2014 for passing yards per game and touchdowns. This year, TCU certainly has something to prove, and Boykin will be there leading the way.
Ezekiel Elliott | Ohio State | Running Back
There’s no doubt Ohio State’s star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, will enter the 2015 season with plenty of momentum. He’s nearly impossible to stop with his combination of power, speed and explosiveness. In his sophomore season last year, he ran for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns. In his final five games Elliott rushed for 107, 121, 220, 230 and 246 yards. He currently tops the list as a favorite to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy.
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Dak Prescott | Mississippi State | Quarterback
Prescott helped Mississippi State explode into the SEC scene as he turned them into a top-ranked team by the middle of the season. He put on an impressive showing in 2014, with total 4,435 yards (3,349 passing) and 41 total touchdowns. This year, he will return as one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league.
Duke Williams | Auburn | Wide Receiver
Duke Williams decided to return for his senior season at Auburn, and it should be a good season for him especially with a new, better throwing quarterback, Jeremy Johnson. With a 6’ 2” and 224-pound frame, along with great ball skills, Williams should have plenty of opportunities to emerge as a star wide receiver. His 2014 numbers might not stack up to others on the list, but with Auburn set to be more of a passing team in 2015, Williams will get a ton of balls thrown his way.
Cody Kessler | USC | Quarterback
With 3,826 yards passing and 38 touchdowns, USC’s Cody Kessler has incredible accuracy and strength. He tallied the most passing touchdowns last season and finished third nationally in Passer Rating. He also didn’t have a single outing with multiple interceptions. Plus, his completion rate only fell below 60% once in the 2014 season. There’s no doubt he’ll lead USC‘s offense to be among the best of the nation in 2015.
Royce Freeman | Oregon | Running Back
Listed at 5’11” and 230 pounds, Oregon’s Royce Freeman is one heck of a power running back. During his first collegiate season, he ran 1,365 yards and had 18 touchdowns. His performance in the College Football National Championship was mediocre, but I think he’ll come into the 2015 season ready to go. Freeman carried a lot of the load for the Ducks last year and will continue to do the same this year as well.
Taylor Decker | Ohio State | Offensive Tackle
Decker is the star lineman of the Ohio State offensive line. He’s extremely smart and athletic, surrendering one sack in all of last season. He made 29 starts for Ohio State last year and became the leader of the offensive line. There’s no doubt we can expect big things from this veteran this year, as he will continue to keep Ohio State’s offense as one of the best units in the country.
Derrick Henry | Alabama | Running Back
Alabama’s star running back possesses rare strength and physical ability. The 6’3”, 245-pound Henry rushed for a team-best 990 yards and 11 touchdowns as sophomore last season while sharing play time with T.J. Yeldon, who was selected in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. Henry will have his chance this year to lead the Alabama offense and show off his incredible athleticism.
J.T. Barrett | Ohio State | Quarterback
His arm might not be as strong as Cardale Jones, but this 6’1”, 220-pound sophomore is Ohio State’s best chance at having a very adept offense. Before his ankle injury, Barrett shined in the 2014 season and ranked No. 2 in the nation in QB ranking. Plus, he set the Big Ten record with 45 total touchdowns in 2014. We won’t know until game day who will fill the starting position, but we know J.T. Barrett will be in the running.
Rashard "Hollywood" Higgins | Colorado State | Wide Receiver
Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins led the nation in receiving yards, yards per game and touchdowns last season. He amassed a total of 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns on 96 receptions. He also caught 73% of the passes thrown his way last season. With a new head coach and a new quarterback, it will be interesting to see the numbers Higgins puts up this year. One thing we know for sure is the ball will consistently be headed his way.
Connor Cook | Michigan State | Quarterback
Cook is entering his third season as a starter for the Spartans after putting up 3,214 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He might not be able to put up the yardage that other top-rated quarterbacks will, but there’s no doubt he will stack up wins. He’s a better-than-average athlete and has greatly improved over his last few seasons.
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There’s a good chance we will see at least one (and probably more) of these talented offensive players in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Every year, the National Championship brings the best of the best to the field, and we sit in awe of the impeccable talent before us. It always makes for an exciting matchup!
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We’d love to hear your input! Who do you think are the top offensive players in College Football?