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Speedsters Johnson, Avery debut on top 25 Big Board

There have been several standout performances during the bowl season, highlighted by three seniors who proved they belong on my top 25 Big Board.

Originally Published: January 2, 2008
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
There have been several fantastic performances during the bowl season, but three individual standouts in particular have caught my attention.

East Carolina running back Chris Johnson rushed for 223 yards and a score and also had a receiving touchdown in the Pirates' win over Boise State. Johnson debuts this week on my top 25 Big Board as the top running back in the senior class because of his speed, power running and versatility. Also debuting this week is Houston wide receiver Donnie Avery, who had 10 receptions for 120 yards against TCU. Like Johnson, Avery has tremendous speed (4.35 in the 40-yard dash) and has great hands and will be an asset on a team that uses three- and four-receiver sets.
[+] EnlargeBruce Davis
Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireUCLA's Bruce Davis, top, will be an ideal DE/OLB in a three-four defense in the NFL.

On defense, UCLA linebacker Bruce Davis was outstanding against BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl with seven tackles, 3½ for loss, including 2½ sacks and a forced fumble.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst

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