Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Top 5 Most Improved Players in 2009

5. Mike Kafka
The Northwestern quarterback showed his potential in 2008, by occasionally filling in for the injured C.J. Bacher. Against Minnesota Kafta ripped off 217 yards on the ground. If Northwestern wants to have anywhere near the success they had last year they are going to need a huge year from Kafka.

4. Tony Moeaki/Jewel Hampton
A pair of Hawkeyes share the fourth spot. Hawkeye fans hope to finally get a full year out of the once prized recruit Moeaki. Moeaki only had 13 receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown while suffering through another injury plagued season in 2008. Hampton played a limited role in 08 backing up the Doak Walker award winner in Shonn Greene. Jewel showed some promise by scoring seven times and accumulating 463 yards on the ground. Hampton will need to be productive in order for the Iowa offense to be succesful in 09.

3. John Clay
With P.J. Hill moving on, the Badgers will turn to John Clay to be their workhorse. Clay showed plenty of upside in 08 by running for 884 yards and nine scores. He surpasses the 100 yard barrier three times and should have a breakout season in 2009.

2. Sean Lee
The highly acclaimed Penn State linebacker was placed on many preseason watch lists and all-Big Ten teams before tearing a ligament in his right knee last spring. Look for Lee to make a strong comeback and be the next in the long line of great PSU linebackers.
1. Terrelle Pryor
Terrelle Pryor's time is now. Pryor had a respectable freshman season leading the Buckeyes to the Fiesta Bowl. Pryor passed for 1,311 yards on the season. He had an impressive ratio of 12 touchdown to only four interceptions. As expected, he also showed that he was more than capable on the ground racking up 631 yards. For Ohio State to maintain the success of 2008 without key defensive players and Beanie Wells, Terrelle Pryor is going to need to live up to, and perhaps, surpass the hype that was heaped upon him coming out of high school.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images, CR Gazette, AP, Mark Selder, AP

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