- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
This is not a Heisman Trophy preview. That's why there's no mention of USC quarterback John David Booty or Michigan running back Mike Hart. Instead, it's a look at the 10 biggest game-breakers in college football. Some of the other Heisman candidates may make a greater impact over the course of the 2007 season, but these dynamic athletes are best-equipped to swing a game's momentum with just one touch:
1. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
Darren McFadden is the most versatile talent in the game today. He was in on 16 of the Razorbacks' 55 touchdowns in 2006 -- 14 as a runner, three as a passer, one as a receiver and one on a kickoff return. Sure, Florida's Percy Harvin would take him in a 40-yard sprint and Cal's DeSean Jackson would de-cleat him with an open-field juke. But there isn't a player in college football -- including Harvin and Jackson -- that can take over a game in as many capacities as McFadden. If Mom is correct about her son's intention to leave Fayetteville after this season, don't be surprised if McFadden becomes the first running back selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft since 1995 (Ki-Jana Carter) -- he is that special.
2. Pat White, QB, West Virginia
With Ohio State's Troy Smith (Ravens) in the NFL, Pat White takes over the reins as the nation's most prolific dual-threat quarterback. As evidenced by his career rushing totals of 2,171 yards and 25 touchdowns, White has been an electrifying running threat since he took over the job as a redshirt freshman in 2005. But after studying his two seasons as a starter on film, it becomes obvious that White didn't truly master coach Rich Rodriguez's spread attack until last fall. In addition to much-improved mechanics as a passer, White shows far better patience and field vision when asked to pop back and throw. There's no telling how potent White and the Mountaineers' offense will be in 2007 if their triggerman continues to advance.
Which college players can break opponents' ankles and change the course of a game in an instant? Todd McShay looks at college football's game-breakers.