Many great players have come through the college football ranks. From the most dynamic quarterbacks to the transformative running backs to the defensive studs and specialists, many have changed the game of college football and their impact is still felt to this day. These are the 8 players who showcased the best skills while leading their teams to greatness.
8. Randy Moss
Moss may not have gone to as prominent a school as the other names on this list, but he certainly made up for it with the way he played. The recently inducted NFL Hall-of-Famer had at least one receiving touchdown in all 28 games of his college career and was fourth in Heisman voting in 1997.
7. Deion Sanders
Before his days as "Primetime" with the Dallas Cowboys, Sanders was tearing it up in Tallahassee. The cornerback not only tortured opposing offenses but was also a huge threat on special teams averaging 11.3 yards per punt return with three touchdowns.
6. Tim Tebow
Tebow is not only one of the most talented quarterbacks of all time but also one of the most accomplished. He won the Heisman trophy in 2007 to go along with two SEC titles and two national titles. The former Florida quarterback still holds SEC records for passing efficiency rating (170.8), passing yards per attempt (9.3) and total touchdowns (143).
5. Bo Jackson
Bo Jackson was one of the most exciting players to watch in the 1980's especially during his years with the Tigers. He batted injuries in his freshman and sophomore years, but he finally got going in his junior year gaining 1,786 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on the way to becoming the 1985 Heisman trophy winner.
4. Herschel Walker
Herschel Walker's college games were nothing short of the stuff of legends. His 5,259 career rushing yards at Georgia are still an SEC record which says a lot given the running backs that haver come out of that conference over the years. He led the Bulldogs to a national championship in 1980 and won the Heisman in 1982.
3. Vince Young
Not only was Young's game against USC in the 2005 national title one of the best performances by any player on that stage, but his career as also very admirable. He threw for 6,040 yards, ran for 3,127 and had 81 total touchdowns leading the Longhorns to a 24-1 record in his last two years.
2. Barry Sanders
There's a reason fans compared Reggie Bush to Barry Sanders. The future Hall of Fame back is the most elusive player in college football history, including the best individual season ever in 1988. In his Heisman season, Sanders rushed for an astonishing 2,850 yards and 42 touchdowns. You read that right.
1. Archie Griffin
Griffin was the only college football player to ever win the Heisman trophy twice, let alone in back-to-back seasons. His 5,589 career rushing yards are second in Big Ten history and he won the conference's most valuable player award in 1973 and 1974.