Former Prep Stars Headline BCS Championship game
On January 10th 2011, the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks will face off in Glendale,AZ at University of Phoenix Stadium to decide the BCS Championship. Both are underdogs of sorts considering that for the first time in BCS history,neither team was ranked in the top 10 going into the season. However, both teams managed to overcome adversity and make it through grueling SEC and Pac-10 schedules to emerge undefeated and ready for a coast to coast college football showdown to decide it all.
As is usually the case, both teams boast a roster full of highly recruited former High School prep athletes.Let's take a look at the backgrounds of their offensive stars and what got them to this spot at the pinnacle of college athletics:
Cam Newton, QB- The drama surrounding this explosive talent is well documented. Having now secured a resume of awards headlined by the Heisman Trophy, this star got there on the path less traveled. Newton participated in the inaugural All-American Offense-Defense All-American Bowl for Team East following his senior season in High School. He was one of nine quarterbacks in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 10. As a junior, completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns while throwing just nine interceptions. As a preview of his double threat ability, he rushed for 638 yards and nine TDs. Newton committed to the University of Florida out of High School before leaving and going to Blinn Junior college. Rated #1 High School or Junior college QB by Rivals.com, and was rated the #1 overall JUCO prospect by Rivals. Four star rating by Scouts.com.
Darvin Adams, WR- Adams led the Auburn Tigers in receiving in 2011 with 60 catches for 997 yards, third most in any single season at Auburn. He also led the team with 10 receiving touchdowns, Had 66 catches for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior in High School. He was an honorable Mention Class AAAAA All-State team as a senior, and was selected to play in Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl. Ranked No. 48 nationally at wide receiver by Rivals.com as well as the No. 23 prospect in Georgia. Ranked No. 116 among wide receivers by Scout.com while being named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Region team.
Darron Thomas, QB- Thomas runs a ground based attack for the Ducks and was 195-321 this season with 2518 yards passing and 28 touchdowns. Like Auburn's Newton he is also dangerous on the ground and scored 5 touchdowns with 492 yards rushing. Thomas was a four star rated prospect by Rivals, sixth overall at his position out of High School. He was rated 32nd overall in state on the Scouts.com Top Texas list.
LaMichael James, RB- James is the powerhouse that makes the Oregon offensive attack go. Already considered a top NFL prospect, the redshirt Sophomore rushed for a Pac-10 freshmen record last year. Coming out of High School, Rivals had the Texas standout as 12th best at his position nationally, and 39th overall. He secured all state honors in both his Junior and Senior seasons in High School. He was also a state track champion in the 100 meters with a top time of 10.51 and he holds the single game Texarkana, TX city rushing record with 322 yards on the ground.
These athletes for the most part have exceeded expectations with their huge performances in 2010 and have put their teams in a position to wrap up the most coveted trophy in college football for 2011; the BCS National Championship. Enjoy the game!
article updated on 01/3/11 11:36