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Power Rankings (cont.)

Posted: Tuesday April 24, 2007 1:03PM; Updated: Wednesday April 25, 2007 10:14AM
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11 -- Key returnees: RB Chris Wells, WR Brian Robiskie, T Alex Boone, LB James Laurinaitis, CB Malcolm Jenkins

Spring star: WR Devon Lyons. With Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez gone, the sophomore emerged as a new threat, catching three passes for 72 yards in last weekend's spring game.

Spring recap: Junior Todd Boeckman retained the lead over Rob Schoenfelt and Antonio Henton in the QB race, though all three made mistakes last Saturday. The Buckeyes remain loaded on defense, particularly at linebacker and in the secondary. The offensive line struggled at times.
12 -- Key returnees: QB Mike Teel, RB Ray Rice, DE Jamaal Westerman, DT Eric Foster, S Courtney Greene

Spring star: DT Pete Tverdov. The junior, previously a backup defensive end, was named the spring's most improved defensive player and will replace departed All-Big East DT Ramel Meekins.

Spring recap: Teel, who struggled much of last season, continued to show improvement, and WR Kenny Britt looks poised for a big year. Rice and Kordell Young will be used more as receivers out of the backfield with FB Brian Leonard gone. The linebacking corps still lacks proven playmakers.
13 -- Key returnees: QB Casey Dick, RBs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, WR Marcus Monk, DE Antwain Robinson.

Spring star: RB Michael Smith. With McFadden and Jones held out of scrimmages, the 5-foot-6 sophomore slasher showed his stuff, scoring on 23- and 20-yard touchdowns in the spring game.

Spring recap: Even without McFadden and Jones, the offense dominated the injury-riddled defense in the last two scrimmages. Dick, working with new offensive coordinator David Lee, was a solid 8-of-14 for 117 yards and two TDs in the spring game. Depth on the D-line is a concern.
14 -- Key returnees: QB Anthony Morelli, WR Derrick Williams LBs Dan Connor and Sean Lee, CB Justin King

Spring star: CB A.J. Wallace. Coaches moved one of last year's starting corners, Tony Davis, to safety to open up a spot for the sophomore speedster.

Spring recap: All eyes were on RB Austin Scott, the 2004 freshman sensation who, following several setbacks, is finally set to take over for departed star Tony Hunt. Penn State's front seven figures to be a strength, with youngsters like DE Maurice Evans and DT Phillip Taylor emerging.
15 -- Key returnees: RB Ian Johnson, WR Vinny Perretta, T Ryan Clady, S Marty Tadman

Spring star: LB Tim Brady. The junior walk-on showed a knack for big plays throughout the spring and is pushing for one of the starting spots vacated by standouts Korey Hall and Colt Brooks.

Spring recap: What started as a four-man race to replace departed QB Jared Zabransky appears to be down to two contenders, senior Taylor Tharp and junior Bush Hamdan. The Broncos finished spring still looking to plug holes along both lines. Several young DBs will have an impact.
16 -- Key returnees: QB Brandon Cox, RBs Brad Lester and Ben Tate, WR Rod Smith, DE Quentin Groves

Spring star: RB Mario Fanin. Auburn's tailback assembly line just keeps rolling, with this redshirt freshman exploding for 208 yards against the Tigers' second-team D in their final scrimmage.

Spring recap: The defense dominated much of the spring before suffering injuries to several starters. Cox continued to establish himself as a dependable leader, though it's unclear who his main playmakers will be at receiver. Offensive line coach Hugh Nall shuffled around personnel.
17 -- Key returnees: QB Erik Ainge, RBs LaMarcus Coker, DE Xavier Mitchell, LB Jerod Mayo, S Jonathan Hefney

Spring star: S Jarod Parish. The career backup picked off four passes in the Vols' last two scrimmages and will likely take the starting spot vacated by academic washout Demetrice Morley.

Spring recap: Offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe began the spring by installing a surprise no-huddle offense, but Ainge injured his knee and the young receiving corps struggled. Coker saw time as a Reggie Bush-type receiver. The Vols' front seven looked solid, but the secondary has questions.
18 -- Key returnees: RB Marlon Lucky, WRs Maurice Purify and Terrence Nunn, LBs Corey McKeon and Bo Ruud

Spring star: S Larry Asante. The hard-hitting juco transfer -- who laid out a couple of Nebraska receivers in the spring game -- brought a much-needed physical presence to a suspect secondary.

Spring recap: At QB, Arizona State transfer Sam Keller and junior Joe Ganz both looked good in the spring game and will battle into the fall. DTs Ndamukong Soh and Ty Steinkuhler bolster a depleted D-line. CB Zack Bowman suffered a knee injury and could miss a second straight season.
19 -- Key returnees: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Kregg Lumpkin, LB Brandon Miller, CB Paul Oliver, K Brandon Coutu

Spring star: TE Tripp Chandler. Following in the footsteps of Ben Watson, Leonard Pope and Martrez Milner, the junior caught three passes for 74 yards and a TD in the spring game.

Spring recap: In a complete reversal from a year ago, Stafford and his improving cast of receivers shined while the rebuilding defense struggled. New offensive coordinator Mike Bobo showed his creativity, while the steady performance of a mostly new offensive line was a pleasant surprise.
20 -- Key returnees: QB Nate Longshore, RB Justin Forsett, WRs DeSean Jackson and Robert Jordan, LB Worrell Williams

Spring star: RB James Montgomery. With Marshawn Lynch off to the NFL, the versatile redshirt freshman will likely fill the change-of-pace role previously held by Forsett, now the No. 1 guy.

Spring recap: The Bears knew what to expect from their many veteran skill players. The offensive line, which lost three veteran starters, may be a little thin on depth. Redshirt freshman DE Derrick Hill leads a cast of promising young defenders. The second cornerback spot remains a concern.

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