The Top 10 List
Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne has always dismissed the accuracy of high school football recruiting services. However, even he must acknowledge that they were right on the money last winter regarding tailback Ahman Green. After Osborne suspended Lawrence Phillips for six games early this season for having assaulted a former girlfriend, Green, who's now a Cornhusker freshman, emerged as one of the most dangerous runners in the country. Here's a look at how the top 10 incoming freshmen, as rated by BlueChip Illustrated, have fared this fall.
1) Dan Kendra, QB, Florida State: Red-shirted. Will battle redshirt sophomore Thad Busby for the starting job in the spring.
2) Kevin Faulk, TB, LSU: With 852 yards and a 4.9-yard average, he has been the best freshman back in nation after Green.
3) Green, TB, Nebraska: Has rushed for 1,042 yards. Says one Big Eight coach, "I believe Tom when he says he had Phillips's best interests at heart when he reinstated him. With Green around, he certainly didn't need Phillips to improve his team."
4) Randy Moss, WR, Florida State: Redshirted. Will join fleet group of Seminole receivers next fall.
5) Matt Stinchcomb, OT, Georgia: Has seen considerable action as backup on a deep Bulldog line.
6) Brock Huard, QB, Washington: Redshirted. Brother of current Husky quarterback Damon will vie for starting job in spring with backup Shane Fortney.
7) R.W. McQuarters, CB-WR, Oklahoma State: Three-way threat for Cowboys—cornerback (57 tackles, three interceptions), wide receiver (six catches, 106 yards) and expected to be the backup point guard for the basketball team.
8) Daylon McCutcheon, CB, USC: The son of former NFL running back Lawrence McCutcheon has seen a lot of playing time at cornerback (48 tackles, two interceptions).