Forte easily leads the nation in rushing, with 1,539 yards through eight games (192.38 yards per game). He's already eclipsed the 300-yard mark twice this season (303 against Southeastern Louisiana and 342 against SMU).
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Nate Davis, QB
After starting seven games as a true freshman in 2006, Davis has really come into his own in his first full season as Ball State's No. 1 signal caller. The sophomore boasts a 21-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio, having thrown at least one touchdown pass every game.
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Casey Fitzgerald, WR
Fitzgerald ranks fourth in the country with 124 receiving yards per game. The former walk-on produced one of the season's most impressive individual performances, catching 18 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns against SMU.
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Leodis McKelvin, PR/DB
McKelvin leads the nation in punt return average (21.18) and punt return touchdowns (three). He's not a bad cover corner, either, with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and six pass breakups.
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Kevin Smith, RB
Smith is tied for the national lead in rushing touchdowns and second in rushing yards per game (157.50). The junior ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns in a win over NC State and 149 yards and two scores in a three-point loss to Texas.
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Gerald McRath, LB
Just a sophomore, McRath leads the nation in tackles per game (12.88). Last week, against UCF, McRath piled up 21 tackles, including a sack.
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Paul Smith, QB
Smith ranks fourth with 358 passing yards per game, having eclipsed the 300-yard mark in each game this season. In a 55-47 win over BYU, the senior signal-caller passed for 454 yards and five touchdowns.
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Julius Stinson, CB
Known as Dr. J, Stinson is a star on Wyoming's surprisingly stout defense (which currently ranks sixth in total defense, giving up just 284.88 yards per game). He leads the Cowboys in interceptions (three), pass breakups (six) and ranks third in tackles (53).
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Dan LeFevour, QB
The nation's most underrated dual-threat quarterback ranks sixth in total offense (317 yards per game). Through nine games, LeFevour has 2,312 passing yards, 546 rushing yards and 27 total touchdowns.
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Tavious Polo, DB
The redshirt freshman entered the season as a question mark for the Owls, but Polo has passed the test. Polo leads the nation in interceptions with seven.
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Will Dunbar, FS
The playmaking free safety ranks second nationally in tackles per game (12.83). Against Florida State, Dunbar accumulated 17 tackles and returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown.
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Eugene Jarvis, RB
Coming out of high school, Jarvis' small stature (5-foot-5, 170 pounds) scared away bigger schools such as West Virginia and Pittsburgh, but the explosive sophomore is quickly proving doubters wrong. Through nine games, Jarvis has accumulated 1,259 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.
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David Vobora, LB
Arguably the best linebacker in the WAC, Vobora is tied for the national lead with 110 tackles. He's well on his way to earning first-team All-WAC honors for the second consecutive season.
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Donnie Avery, WR
Avery is one of the nation's most dangerous deep threats, averaging 17.52 yards per catch. The senior hauled in 13 catches for 346 yards and two touchdowns in a wild, 56-48 win over Rice.
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Dwight Lowery, CB
Lowery may have the most promising NFL future on this list. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound corner intercepted nine passes last season and -- even though teams learned not to throw to his side -- he has hauled in three picks this year.
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