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Posted: Monday April 28, 2003 4:15 PM

Spring in Review
SI.com's Stewart Mandel and Luke Winn give their Top 25.
(Click Top 10 teams for full report)
1

  Ohio State Buckeyes
2

  Oklahoma Sooners
3

  Texas Longhorns
4

  Miami Hurricanes
5

  Virginia Tech Hokies
6

  N.C. State Wolfpack
7

  Auburn Tigers
8

  Kansas State Wildcats
9

  Michigan Wolverines
10

  Washington Huskies
Team Capsules for Nos. 11-25:
11

  Georgia Bulldogs
Injuries along the offensive line, where the Dogs must replace five starters, put a damper on spring, though the defending SEC champs found a rising star in sophomore LB Odell Thurman.
12

  Pittsburgh Panthers
In his first spring as the entrenched starter, QB Rod Rutherford continued his improvement. There's still uncertainty over which receivers will emerge to complement star Larry Fitzgerald.
13

  Southern Cal Trojans
Spring ended with sophomore QB Matt Leinart leading the four-way race for Carson Palmer's old job, but he'll be challenged by heralded incoming freshman John David Booty in the fall.
14

  Florida State Seminoles
Bobby Bowden prohibited Chris Rix from speaking to the media most of spring to focus on his leadership. Vaunted freshman RB Lorenzo Booker showed off his talents on several occasions.
15

  Maryland Terrapins
Ralph Friedgen's confidence in returning QB Scott McBrien allowed him to add some new components to his offense this spring. Former All-ACC tailback Bruce Perry is finally healthy.
16

  Virginia Cavaliers
Touted LB Ahmad Brooks, who spent last year in prep school, didn't disappoint in his first spring with the Cavs. Athletic QB Marques Hagans, stuck behind Matt Schaub, has moved to receiver.
17

  Tennessee Volunteers
Former DB Mark Jones switched to receiver and quickly proved to be Casey Clausen's favorite target and the Vols' top playmaker. Cedric Houston padded his hold on the No. 1 tailback spot.
18

  Purdue Boilermakers
QB Kyle Orton has gotten bigger and stronger, reclaiming the job he lost to Brandon Kirsch last season with a strong spring. Redshirt freshman Mike Otto has earned the starting left tackle spot.
19

  Arizona State Sun Devils
QB Andrew Walter picked up right where he left off last fall, going 15-of-24 for 271 yards and four TDs in the spring game. With Shaun McDonald gone, Walter spread it around to more receivers.
20

  Oklahoma State Cowboys
Redshirt freshman WR D'Juan Woods put himself in position to start alongside brother Rashaun this fall. Matt Hardison switched from tight end to left tackle and emerged as a potential force.
21

  LSU Tigers
The offense looked more explosive this spring, led by a healthy and more polished QB Matt Mauck. RBs Shyrone Carey and Joseph Addai looked promising as the primary rushers.
22

  Texas A&M Aggies
New coach Dennis Franchione lists QBs Dustin Long and Reggie McNeal as co-starters, while the athletic Jason Carter moved to A-back and had 181 all-purpose yards in the spring game.
23

  Wisconsin Badgers
Explosive RB Dwayne Smith, Anthony Davis' backup, made a strong case this spring for more carries. With Lee Evans still recovering from an ACL tear, several different receivers shined.
24

  Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Irish have been shuffling folks around to shore up an offensive line that lost four starters. Sophomores Maurice Stovall and Rhema McKnight appear ready to step up at receiver.
25

  Missouri Tigers
QB Brad Smith, last year's freshman sensation, makes the Tigers prime candidates for a breakthrough. Sophomore WR Sean Coffey showed potential to fill Justin Gage's void.

 


 
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