ESPN INSIDER --- Who is college football's most exciting player?

#1
[h=1]Who is the nation's most exciting player?
[/h]July, 25, 2014 Jul 25
10:39
AM ET

By Travis Haney | ESPN.com




Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesBraxton Miller could be in store for a big season at Ohio State.
As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M?s kickoff on Aug. 28.

Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, conference winners -- it will all be covered as part of Insider?s Ultimate Season Preview.


Today?s question: With Johnny Football gone, who is the single most exciting player in the country? Wisconsin?s Melvin Gordon? Georgia?s Todd Gurley? Jameis? Braxton?

You have to start with Jameis Winston to answer this one, as anything else would be disingenuous.

?He?s a goofy kid,? an ACC assistant told me, ?but the kid can make plays. We couldn?t defend him.?

Winston is the player who rightfully beat out Johnny Manziel for the Heisman Trophy. And he became the must-watch player on par with Manziel from his very first game, a 350-yard, five-TD effort at Pitt on Labor Day night. The Hail Mary just before halftime at Boston College, one of the only half-threats of the season for the Seminoles, cemented him as a player of record. That all happened in September.

Like Manziel, Winston becomes more intriguing in his second season because he?s trying for a second Heisman -- and also because his off-field behavior has drawn TMZ-level interest from the general public, not just those with an affinity for college football.

But we know about Winston, and the odds that he?ll again win the Heisman are slim. If he doesn?t, who will? Most people will tell you Oregon?s Marcus Mariota, but I?m pushing pretty hard on Braxton Miller at Ohio State.

He might not be a projectable NFL QB -- though his coach, Urban Meyer, told me last spring that he is -- but that has never precluded QBs from being incredible, transcendent college players. You know that list: Tim Tebow, Eric Crouch, Troy Smith (maybe Manziel).

Miller will be tested because the Buckeyes? line is green, but he?s mobile enough to negate some of that, and the skill players around him -- Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall, most notably -- should rise. As of today, Ohio State is my national title favorite, and Miller is my Heisman favorite.

But who else? Who could really surprise as an electric entertainer? Who will be must-see TV on Saturdays?

I?m looking for a Tavon Austin type, and I?ve heard from those close to the respective programs that Texas A&M freshman Speedy Noil and Oklahoma State Tyreek Hill each fit that mold. Each staff has been hesitant to publicly put too much on those first-year players (Hill is a juco transfer) -- but they cannot hide their excitement in private conversations.

However, let?s circle back to last season?s version of Noil and Hill: The most exciting player in college football could very well be Wilson, Miller?s teammate at Ohio State.

Last summer, we were all tabbing the guy as the ?next Percy Harvin.? (Guilty. My hand?s up.) But can?t he be the next Percy Harvin as a sophomore?

Sometimes we give up too early on prospects. Just because he didn't put up massive totals a year ago -- he did average 8.7 yards per touch, by the way -- doesn?t mean Wilson was a failure. He was just a small freshman who didn't yet merit a ton of touches. But the guy who was rated the No. 5 athlete in the Class of 2013, a player who once committed to Oregon as potentially the next D'Anthony Thomas, could be ready to reach star status.

Remember: Manziel redshirted. Winston redshirted. With an elite QB and other weapons, Wilson could be in for a big season.
 
#2
Re: ESPN INSIDER --- Who is College footballs most exciting player?

Re: ESPN INSIDER --- Who is College footballs most exciting player?

Really don't know how it could be anyone else other then Brett Hundley, easily the best QB in college pig this yr.

dual threat nightmare and at PAC 12 media days we saw that the kid has put on 12-15 pounds of pure muscle...he looks like cam newton
 
Top