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January 26, 2011
Any time a team can cover one-fifth of the field on one play, a coach is going to be extremely happy.
Last season, the website cfbstats.com shows that 13 FBS teams had at least 70 plays that covered 20 yards, and 12 of those teams either won at least nine games, played for a conference championship or won a conference championship. Conversely, of the 20 teams that had the fewest plays covering 20 yards, just two had winning records.
Hawaii, which tied for the Western Athletic Conference crown, had a national-best 103 "explosive plays." National champion Auburn had 86. Oregon, which faced Auburn in the national championship game, had 82.
With that in mind, here's a look at Rivals.com's most explosive offensive players for next season. Good news for their teams is that six of the 10 players on this list had a chance to turn pro but decided to stay in school. The class listed are what the players will be this fall.
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.