Solomon Bates, LB, Arizona State—At 17, the 6'3", 255-pound Bates is the youngest player in Division I-A. Before suffering a season-ending torn MCL in his right knee on Oct. 30, he had 42 tackles, third most on the team at the time.
Deon Burnett, RB, Washington State—The 6-foot, 205-pound Burnett is one of the 2-8 Cougars' few standouts. He leads the team in rushing (857 yards) and scoring (12 touchdowns).
Daryl Dixon, FS, Florida—Since getting his first start, on Oct. 9, the 5'11", 180-pound Dixon has been stellar. He has 36 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Travis Garvin, WR, Missouri—The 6'1", 182-pound Garvin wears number 9 in honor of his high school teammate Peter Warrick and has been nearly as explosive as the Florida State receiver, averaging 17.1 yards per catch.
Joe Igber, RB, Cal—Igber, a 5'8", 190-pounder who holds Hawaii's high school career records for rushing yards (4,472) and touchdowns (56), is the Bears' leading ground gainer with 641 yards.
Kareem Kelly, WR, Southern California—The 6'1", 185-pound speedster is the Trojans' go-to guy. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in catches with 50 and has 863 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Jerel Myers, WR, LSU—The 6-foot, 175-pound Myers has emerged as the 2-8 Tigers' most reliable (and only) offensive weapon. He has 61 receptions for 827 yards and two touchdowns.
Dan Nystrom, K, Minnesota—Nystrom, a 5'11", 205-pounder, has converted 37 of 38 extra point attempts and 14 of 18 field goal tries, including the 32-yarder as time expired that gave the Gophers a 24-23 victory over Penn State.
Casey Printers, QB, Texas Christian—The Horned Frogs began 0-2 but are 5-2 since the 6'2", 196-pound Printers became the starter. He has thrown for 1,083 yards and eight touchdowns.
Lucas Staley and Fahu Tahi, RBs, BYU—Operating in an offense that averages 325.8 passing yards per game, this twosome has given the Cougars another dimension, combining for 855 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.