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The Broncos bring back 20 of 22 starters from their 14--0 squad, but no one is more valuable than Moore. He has been the starter since he arrived on the blue turf and has racked up 26 wins (against one loss), which puts him on pace to shatter the Division I-A record of 45, set last year by Texas's Colt McCoy. If Boise State beats Virginia Tech in the season opener and stays in the national championship chase through the season, Moore could become the first Heisman winner since 1990 from outside what are now known as the BCS conferences.
The Talented Transfer
RYAN MALLETT, QB, Arkansas, Junior
2009 stats: 225-of-403 passing, 3,624 yards, 30 TDs, 7 INTs
The Texarkana, Ark., native played in 11 games as a freshman at Michigan, then transferred home to play for the team he loved as a boy. Last year, his first in coach Bobby Petrino's pro-style offense, the 6'6" Razorback with the rocket arm set the SEC ablaze, leading the conference in touchdown passes, passing yards per game and total offense. If he can at least duplicate his 2009 numbers and get through a tough early-season schedule (which includes Georgia, Alabama, Texas A&M and Auburn), he could be the one to catch come Halloween.
The Electric Gamebreaker
NOEL DEVINE, RB, West Virginia, Senior
2009 stats: 241 rushes, 1,465 yards, 13 TDs; 22 receptions, 177 yards, 1 TD
It would be clichéd to say that every time Devine touches the ball, he has the potential to score—but it would also be true. The 5'8", 180-pound jitterbug of a back, who has been a football celebrity since his high school highlight reel hit YouTube in 2006, had seven runs of at least 50 yards last year, including touchdowns of 88 and 56. Despite his diminutive frame he can handle a heavy workload, and with the Mountaineers breaking in a new starting quarterback this season, he should have even more opportunities.
The Defensive Menace