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BRADY QUINN, Sr., Notre Dame
He's a Notre Dame quarterback who has the perfect system (coach Charlie Weis's pro-style attack), a top 5 team with lots of weapons (including All-America wideout Jeff Samardzija and 1,000-yard rusher Darius Walker), guaranteed national television exposure (through the Irish's contract with NBC) and a strong r�sum� (3,919 passing yards and 32 touchdowns last season). Did we mention that he's a Notre Dame quarterback? If this really were a race, Quinn would already be 10 yards ahead of the field.
ADRIAN PETERSON, Jr., Oklahoma
As a freshman he was as good as expected, rushing for 1,925 yards and finishing second in the Heisman vote. Despite missing significant time in four games last season, he ran for 1,108 yards as a sophomore. But it still seems as if Peterson has yet to hit his stride. If he can stay healthy and if quarterback Paul Thompson can keep defenses from loading up to stop the run the way they did last year, Peterson should produce the spectacular season everyone has been waiting for.