1. Adrian Peterson, Soph., Oklahoma
2004 stats: 339 carries, 1,925 yards (148.1 ypg), 15 TDs, 5.7 yards per carry
Peterson was a prime candidate for the award in 2004 and is aiming to crack the 2,000-yard barrier in his sophomore campaign. Few defenses have found a way to stop his rare blend of power and speed.