Robinson, Luck are CFB's top young stars
With Ndamukong Suh, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller and Sam Bradford moving on to the NFL, it's good to get a new wave of stars in the college football world. A bunch of the studs through two full Saturdays of action are young, as my colleague Ivan Maisel details Wednesday. Here's a look at the 10 most exciting young players in college football (I define "young" as freshmen and sophomores):
1. Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines QB
Robinson's position technically is quarterback. In truth, it's savior, because that's what he has been for Wolverines football and Rich Rodriguez, which both desperately needed the help. "Shoelace" has been spectacular. Last year's young star of September, QB Tate Forcier, was remarkable in his ability to make plays at the end of games. Robinson has been much more than that; he has been a one-man attack. Michigan's O-line unquestionably deserves plenty of credit (it's one of the biggest areas of improvement in Ann Arbor), but Robinson is awe-inspiring. He's decisive in the passing game and dynamic in the run game. He keys everything in this scheme and produced more than 94 percent of Michigan's offense on the road at Notre Dame. For comparison's sake, Vince Young's and Tim Tebow's biggest single-game percentages were at 84 percent. Michael Vick's was in the mid-60s.