College football breakout stars in the SI Vault
Fabulous In DefeatBy John Underwood, January 11, 1965Playing on a gimpy leg, Alabama's Joe Namath was the star of the Orange Bowl, but the surprising Texas Longhorns beat the country's No. 1 team by mixing long gains with muscular defense.
Orange Juice Won A Poll BowlBy Dan Jenkins, October 23, 1967USC turned loose its fabulous O. J. Simpson and the Irish showed a shocking shortage of things like passers, runners and kickers as a No. 1 team played at South Bend last week. It wasn't Notre Dame.
The Latest Peach From GeorgiaBy Kent Hannon, November 3, 1980Frosh Running Back Herschel Walker makes Bulldog rivals look like the pits.
A Little Man On CampusBy Douglas S. Looney, September 26, 1983Doug Flutie of Boston College stands 5-foot-9, which is short for a quarterback but plenty tall for a real miracle worker.
He's The Catch Of The YearBy Jaime Diaz, November 14, 1983Mississippi Valley State's Jerry Rice is a record-breaking wide receiver.
Twice BlessedBy Austin Murphy, October 5, 1992Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward has his team in the national title chase, and he's also a pro prospect in basketball.