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Top 10 Performers From College Football Week 1

Top 10 Performers From College Football Week 1

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It was only the first weekend of the 2014 college football season, but a few of the standout performers from last Wednesday through yesterday have put themselves on track to have excellent seasons. These 10 players made a great first impression and passed the eye test in college football Week 1.

10. DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

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10. DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

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Facing the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles, which had four starters returning on their offensive line, Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah dominated the line of scrimmage. Ogbah finished with six tackles (two for loss), two sacks on reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and recorded two pass breakups.

9. QB Taysom Hill, BYU

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9. QB Taysom Hill, BYU

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Taysom Hill showed that he is a dark horse contender for the Heisman in Week 1, even against a bad opponent. Facing the Connecticut Huskies, Hill completed 28-of-36 passes for three touchdowns and ran 12 times for 97 yards and two more touchdowns. Hill will get a stiffer test this week as BYU travels to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns.

8. RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

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8. RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

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Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah announced his Heisman candidacy in his first game of the season, gashing Florida Atlantic for more than 230 rushing yards at 11 yards per carry. Abdullah carried the ball 21 times and scored a touchdown on the ground. Florida Atlantic isn't a juggernaut, but they are a member of Conference USA, so Abdullah's performance didn't come against a bad team.

7. DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

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7. DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

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Robert Nkemdiche only finished with three tackles and one pass breakup against Boise State, but he affected Boise State's offense all game long. Nkemdiche was constantly in the Boise State backfield and was unblockable.

6. S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

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6. S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

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The second defender from Ole Miss to make this list, safety Cody Prewitt was a hitting machine who disrupted the Boise State passing game. Prewitt recorded eight tackles (1.5 TFL), had several big hits and recorded an interception. He validated his status as a 2013 AP All-American team player with a solid outing to begin 2014.

5. WR Kevin White, West Virginia

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5. WR Kevin White, West Virginia

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Kevin White was the best thing West Virginia had going for them on Saturday, keeping the Mountaineers in their matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide. White shredded Alabama's secondary for nine receptions, 143 yards and a touchdown. The offense moved the ball easily against Alabama, but the defense once again wasted a great performance from the offense.

4. LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA

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4. LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA

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UCLA's offense was downright poor against Virginia in Week 1, but without Eric Kendricks and the Bruins' defense, UCLA would have been kissing their college football playoff hopes goodbye. Kendricks finished the game with 16 tackles, one forced fumble and a pick-six in the second quarter that gave the Bruins a comfortable lead. Teamed with Myles Jack, the Bruins have one of the best linebacking corps in the country.

3. WR Rashad Greene, Florida State

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3. WR Rashad Greene, Florida State

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Last year, Rashad Greene was the overlooked receiver in Florida State's receiving corps. This year, without Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw, he is the top target for Jameis Winston and came up big against Oklahoma State. Greene finished with 11 receptions for 203 yards and a clutch 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that led Florida State to victory.

2. QB Kenny Hill, Texas A&M

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2. QB Kenny Hill, Texas A&M

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In his first career start, Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards on 44 completions against the No. 9-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, which were riding an 18-game home winning streak. Hill finished with three touchdowns in the air and showed that the Aggies aren't a great program just because of Manziel.

1. RB Todd Gurley, Georgia

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1. RB Todd Gurley, Georgia

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Against a Clemson front seven that is (was?) supposed to be among the best in the country, Georgia's Todd Gurley finished with 15 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and also added a 100-yard kick return on special teams. Counting his one return, he went for roughly 300 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns on 15 touches. In the early Heisman race, Gurley is the leader of the pack.

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