The Season: The best at every school

Marshall: Randy Moss, WR, 1997

26 TD catches, 1,820 receiving yards

Notre Dame and Florida State's loss was Marshall's gain. Moss should have ended up a Fighting Irish and came close to becoming a Seminole, but he ultimately took a more direct route to stardom with the Thundering Herd.


Dwight Dasher

Middle Tennessee: Dwight Dasher, QB, 2009

3,943 yards of total offense; accounted for 36 TDs

When you best someone like Vince Young, you've really done something. That's exactly what Dasher did when he set a record for QB rushing yards in a bowl game when he ran for 201 yards in the New Orleans Bowl.


Mean Joe Greene

North Texas: "Mean" Joe Greene, DT, 1968

Consensus All-American; No. 4 pick in 1969 NFL draft

Believe it or not, Greene was more than that classic Coca-Cola ad from his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a pretty good football player too, earning consensus All-American honors.


Taylor Heinicke

Old Dominion: Taylor Heinicke, QB, 2012

5,546 total yards, 55 TDs

Heinicke was unstoppable in 2012, as he broke Steve McNair's record with 5,076 passing yards. He set a Division I record with 791 total yards against New Hampshire and won the Walter Payton Award.


Dicky Maegle

Rice: Dicky Maegle, RB/DB, 1953

Consensus All-American; No. 10 pick in 1955 NFL draft

The season will be remembered for Maegle's 265-yard performance versus Alabama in the Cotton Bowl and the infamous tackle made by Tommy Lewis as he came off the sideline, but Maegle provided a spark all season.


Ray Guy

Southern Miss: Ray Guy, P, 1972

Averaged 46.2 yards per punt; had 93-yard punt vs. Ole Miss

There's a reason the Ray Guy Award is given annually to the nation's best punter. In 1972, Guy set the school record for longest punt, longest field goal (61) and punting average. He also had eight interceptions on defense.


Roddy White

UAB: Roddy White, WR, 2004

1,472 receiving yards, averaged 20.5 yards per catch

Despite leading the nation in receiving yards, White wasn't even nominated as a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He did, however, lead UAB to its first and only bowl appearance in school history.


Fred Wendt

UTEP: Fred Wendt, RB, 1948

1,546 rushing yards; 20 TDs

Wendt's 1,546 rushing yards set an NCAA single-season record that was later broken by O.J. Simpson in 1968. Wendt rushed for an astonishing 326 yards in one game that season.


Eric Soza

UTSA: Eric Soza, QB, 2012

20 TDs to three INTs; 26 total TDs

The pickings might be slim for a UTSA program that began playing football in 2011, but it's hard to argue against what Soza did in 2012 when he led the Roadrunners to an 8-4 record.


Antonio Andrews

Western Kentucky: Antonio Andrews, RB, 2012

3,161 all-purpose yards; accounted for 15 TDs

Only two players have ever gained 3,000 or more all-purpose yards in a single season: Barry Sanders and Andrews. The Hilltoppers' star played nonconference games against Alabama and Kentucky in 2012 too.


INDEPENDENTS


Doc Blanchard

Army: Doc Blanchard, RB, 1945

722 rushing yards; 17 total TDs

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