October's last list
Michael Robinson, Penn State, QB: I'll admit, I didn't think he was a legit quarterback, but the guy grows on you if you keep watching. He's making plays and is the heart and soul of a reborn program, bringing many of the same intangible elements to the Nits that Vince Young is celebrated for bringing to Texas. Robinson has worked behind an average O-line and piloted a much-improved passing game that is made up almost exclusively of first-year players. I'm curious how good he would be if he had focused on playing the position his whole career at State College. Robinson still probably won't win over many of his skeptics who will point to the stat sheets and say he is in the middle of the pack in most of the Big Ten's quarterback stats. That's a shame, but this isn't fantasy baseball.
Chris Barclay, Wake Forest, RB: The gutty 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, in the mold of Warrick Dunn, is the heartbeat of the Deacon program. Averaging 30 more rushing yards than anyone else in the ACC this season, Barclay is on his way to becoming the first player in the 53-year history of the ACC to lead the conference in rushing during the regular season three straight years. Just ask FSU's linebackers how good this guy is. (He had 125 yards rushing on a 6-yard average while also catching three passes for 31 yards.)