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All the Rest Our Rankings from 26 to 117

Aug. 11, 2003
Aug. 11, 2003

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Aug. 11, 2003

College Football 2003

All the Rest Our Rankings from 26 to 117

Compiled By Richard Deitsch

2002 RETURNING
RANK TEAM( FINAL 2002 RANK) RECORD STARTERS
THE SKINNY (2002 STATS)

This is an article from the Aug. 11, 2003 issue

26 PURDUE 7-6 19
Senior FS Stuart Schweigert has 13 career INTs, two more than
Boilermakers great Rod Woodson
27 COLORADO STATE 10-4 15
Bradlee Van Pelt, son of former NFL LB Brad, is WAC's best
quarterback (206.6 yards per game total offense)
28 TCU (23) 10-2 11
Entire front four back from top-ranked defense that held
opponents to 240.2 yards a game
29 FRESNO STATE 9-5 16
Sophomore QB Paul Pinegar (2,929 passing yards, 20 TDs) could be
next David Carr
30 ALABAMA (11) 10-3 16
Senior TB Shaud Williams and sophomore QB Brodie Croyle are new
coach Mike Shula's top weapons
31 MINNESOTA 8-5 17
Gophers should go bowling, with home games against Michigan and
Wisconsin, and no Ohio State on schedule
32 NEBRASKA 7-7 15
Huskers will need better performance from erratic senior QB
Jammal Lord (12 TD passes, 12 INTs)
33 UCLA 8-5 14
Former Denver Broncos wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell (age 39)
brings new energy to Westwood
34 FLORIDA 8-5 9
Wide-open race among three candidates to succeed Rex Grossman at
quarterback
35 OREGON STATE 8-5 17
Junior TB Steven Jackson was busy Beaver, rushing for
school-record 1,690 yards last season
36 MISSISSIPPI 7-6 17
Eli Manning can throw to superior set of wideouts in senior
Chris Collins (55 receptions) and junior Bill Flowers (53)
37 COLORADO (20) 9-5 11
Olympic skier and sophomore WR Jeremy Bloom is punt-return
mogul: 15.0 yard average, 2 TDs
38 MISSOURI 5-7 17
Sophomore QB Brad Smith (3,362 total yards) leads group of nine
returning starters on offense
39 IOWA (8) 11-2 12
Junior-college transfer Nathan Chandler takes over at QB for
Heisman runner-up Brad Banks
40 ARKANSAS 9-5 19
Injury-plagued fifth-year TB Cedric Cobbs hopes to fulfill
promise of '99, when he was Hogs' best-ever freshman rusher
41 WEST VIRGINIA (25) 9-4 10
Junior Rasheed Marshall's 666 rushing yards broke Big East QB
mark Michael Vick set at Virginia Tech
42 MIAMI (OHIO) 7-5 12
RedHawks are touting junior QB Ben Roethlisberger (3,238 passing
yards, 22 TDs) for Heisman
43 WASHINGTON STATE (10) 10-3 14
Junior wideout Devard Darling (54 receptions, 11 TDs) has surest
hands in Pac-10
44 NEW MEXICO 7-7 19
Hope to build on success of RB DonTrell Moore (1,134 yards, 13
TDs), Mountain West Freshman of the Year
45 MARSHALL (24) 11-2 12
Junior QB Stan Hill (52 of 83, 536 yards) has big shoes to fill,
taking over for departed Byron Leftwich
46 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 8-4 14
Senior TB Michael (the Burner) Turner set MAC ablaze with
conference-record 1,915 rushing yards
47 AIR FORCE 8-5 17
Senior QB Chance Harridge is fifth Cadet to both rush and pass
for 1,000 yards in same season
48 CLEMSON 7-6 14
CB Justin Miller led ACC with eight INTs and school-record 35.1
yards per punt return last year as freshman
49 SOUTH FLORIDA 9-2 15
Automatica III? Junior PK Santiago Gramatica--younger brother of
NFL's Martin and Bill--hit 16 of 21 field goals

2002 RETURNING
RANK TEAM (FINAL 2002 RANK) RECORD STARTERS
THE SKINNY (2002 STATS)

50 HAWAII 10-4 14
Junior QB Timmy Chang aims for Hawaii Five-O00--as in 5,000
passing yards--after monster season (349 of 624, 4,474 yards)
51 TULANE 8-5 12
Wave's offense led by QB J.P. Losman (2,468 yards passing) and
RB Mewelde Moore (1,138 rushing)
52 GEORGIA TECH 7-6 12
Senior DE Greg Gathers (school-best 31 career sacks) returns
after missing '02 with kidney disorder
53 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 7-6 15
Thorpe Award semifinalist Etric Pruitt (139 tackles) provides
senior leadership at free safety
54 SOUTH CAROLINA 5-7 9
Gamecocks will shift from 3-3-5 alignment to four-man front
under new defensive coordinator Chris Cosh
55 MICHIGAN STATE 4-8 16
New coach John L. Smith led Louisville to five consecutive bowl
games
56 CINCINNATI 7-7 10
Junior QB Gino Guidugli set Bearcats marks for attempts (472),
completions (258) and yards (3,543)
57 CENTRAL FLORIDA 7-5 10
Senior QB Ryan Schneider (3,770 yards, 31 TDs ) should surpass
Daunte Culpepper's career marks
58 NORTH CAROLINA 3-9 15
All-ACC FS Dexter Reid was second in nation with 13.8 tackles
per game as junior
59 ILLINOIS 5-7 14
Senior FB Carey Davis is Illini's leading returning rusher (319
yards) and receiver (201 yards)
60 CALIFORNIA 7-5 9
Cal was golden last season, but having just two starters back on
defense could make for more bearish year
61 BOISE STATE (15) 12-1 10
Nation's best offense in '02 has senior QB Ryan Dinwiddie (20
TDs, 3 INTs) back but little else
62 BYU 5-7 18
Bring the Payne could be special teams' rallying call as junior
punter Matt Payne led nation with 47.6-yard average
63 BOSTON COLLEGE 9-4 12
Senior TB Derrick Knight (1,432 yards) should give Eagles sixth
straight year with 1,000-yard rusher
64 IOWA STATE 7-7 16
Senior WR Lane Danielson led Cyclones with 63 catches for 1,073
yards
65 NORTH TEXAS 8-5 14
Senior LB Brandon Kennedy, the Sun Belt MVP, had 24 tackles for
loss (second in nation), team-best nine sacks
66 BOWLING GREEN 9-3 14
New coach Gregg Brandon has two-way threat in senior QB Josh
Harris (2,425 yards passing, 737 rushing)
67 KENTUCKY 7-5 12
Jumbo-sized (6'4", 260 pounds) senior QB Jared Lorenzen also had
big-time stats (24 TDs, only five INTs)
68 MISSISSIPPI STATE 3-9 15
Coach Jackie Sherrill, now in his 12th season, has gone 6-17 in
past two years
69 LOUISVILLE 7-6 14
Junior QB Stefan LeFors (49 yards) replaces three-time C-USA
Player of the Year, Dave Ragone
70 SYRACUSE 4-8 13
Coach Paul Pasqualoni had first losing season in 12
years--Orange fans unlikely to accept repeat
71 STANFORD 2-9 13
Bad news: Offense must break in eight new starters. Good news:
Offense was 111th in country and needed overhaul
72 ARIZONA 4-8 15
Coach John Mackovic survived player revolt, but nonconference
games against LSU and Purdue could do him in
73 WAKE FOREST 7-6 12
Heralded freshman QB Ben Mauk set national high school records
last year with 6,540 passing yards, 76 TDs

2002 RETURNING
RANK TEAM (FINAL 2002 RANK) RECORD STARTERS
THE SKINNY (2002 STATS)

74 TEXAS TECH 9-5 14
Senior QB B.J. Symons (329 passing yards) takes over for Kliff
Kingsbury (11,918 career yards of total offense)
75 NORTHWESTERN 3-9 18
Good news: Nine starters are back on defense. Bad news: Defense
allowed 502.3 yards a game, second worst in I-A
76 UTAH 5-6 12
Utes hope incoming coach Urban Meyer can work same magic he did
at Bowling Green (six-win improvement in first year)
77 EAST CAROLINA 4-8 15
New head man John Thompson, former Florida defensive
coordinator, has dumped 3-4 defense for 4-3
78 DUKE 2-10 22
Senior LB Ryan Fowler could become the first Blue Devil to lead
team in tackles in four straight seasons
79 INDIANA 3-9 14
Wake up the echoes: Notre Dame transfer Matt LoVecchio gives
Hoosiers hope at QB
80 TEMPLE 4-8 11
Junior QB Mike McGann must cut down on giveaways after throwing
for 22 INTs and 13 TDs
81 TOLEDO 9-5 15
Star tackles Erik Faasen and Nick Kaczur clear road for sleek
sophomore TB Astin Martin
82 VANDERBILT 2-10 12
Sophomore RB Kwane Doster, SEC's top freshman last season, had
798 rushing yards, best ever for first-year back
83 ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 5-7 17
In just eight starts freshman QB Darrell Hackney threw for 1,977
yards, 14 TDs
84 KANSAS 2-10 15
Senior QB Bill Whittemore, Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the
Year, had 1,666 passing yards, 549 rushing yards
85 BAYLOR 3-9 12
Bears broke 29-game Big 12 losing streak with win over Kansas in
'02; rematch is Oct. 18 in Lawrence
86 CONNECTICUT 6-6 16
Sophomore RB Terry Caulley is short in stature (5'7") but not in
production (124.7 rushing yards per game)
87 MEMPHIS 3-9 17
Junior DT Albert Means, academically ineligible last year, could
have huge impact if he makes grades
88 SAN DIEGO STATE 4-9 14
Senior QB Adam Hall had two of top five NCAA passing games in
'02, with 500-yarders against Arizona State and Idaho
89 TROY STATE 4-8 10
Will be tough to match '02 win total with schedule that includes
Kansas State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Virginia and Marshall
90 SAN JOSE STATE 6-7 15
Senior DE Philip Perry was tied for third nationally in forced
fumbles, with seven
91 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 4-8 15
Senior LT Brandon Westbrook, two-time All-Sun Belt First Teamer,
anchors Blue Raiders' line
92 BALL STATE 6-6 14
Homecoming king: New coach Brady Hoke, a former Michigan
assistant, captained Cardinals as senior LB in 1980
93 UNLV 5-7 13
Junior Earvin Johnson provides magic at wideout, but who will
replace showtiming QB Jason Thomas?
94 AKRON 4-8 17
All 11 starters return on offense, including junior QB Charlie
Frye, who threw for 2,824 yards
95 WESTERN MICHIGAN 4-8 11
Senior DE Jason Babin (15 sacks) was named top defensive player
in MAC
96 NEVADA 5-7 18
Junior RB Chance Kretschmer (1,732 yards in '01; missed '02 with
torn ACL) gives Wolf Pack much needed boost

2002 RETURNING
RANK TEAM (FINAL 2002 RANK) RECORD STARTERS
THE SKINNY (2002 STATS)

97 OHIO 4-8 12
Junior LB Dennis Chukwuemeka had six games with 10 or more
tackles
98 WYOMING 2-10 16
Cowboys, 5-29 over past three years, hope for change of fortunes
with new coach Joe Glenn (39-6 at I-AA Montana)
99 NEW MEXICO STATE 7-5 14
Returning QB platoon of sophomore Paul Dombrowski and junior
Buck Pierce combined for 3,324 yards and 15 rushing TDs
100 LOUISIANA TECH 4-8 13
Cool Hand Luke: Senior QB Luke McCown has most career passing
yards (9,420 yards) of any current QB in nation
101 KENT STATE 3-9 13
Junior QB Joshua Cribbs can become first I-A player to both pass
and rush for 1,000 yards in each of first three seasons
102 RICE 4-7 11
Senior LB Jeff Vanover (92 tackles) hurts people on field but
off field is studying to help them (he's premed)
103 HOUSTON 5-7 12
First-year coach Art Briles is first former Cougars player (he
was WR from '74 to '77) to run program
104 NAVY 2-10 15
Senior QB Craig Candeto (775 rushing yards, 16 TDs) anchored
nation's No. 3 ground offense (270.8 yard average)
105 RUTGERS 1-11 12
Scarlet Knights look to Moses--promising junior WR Tres
Moses--to deliver after his injury-plagued '02
106 TULSA 1-11 15
Golden Hurricane has lost 21 of last 23 games; hope is that
seven returning starters on offense can turn things around
107 SMU 3-9 18
Mustangs' D will rely on senior D.D. Johnson at outside
linebacker and junior D.D. Lee at middle linebacker
108 ARKANSAS STATE 6-7 16
Sun Belt's No. 2 defense gets boost from addition of junior
college All-America free safety LeUndo Adams
109 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 4-8 14
Chippewas need senior HB Terrence Jackson to return to form of
2001 (1,194 yards rushing)
110 TEXAS-EL PASO 2-10 16
Redshirt freshman Jordan Palmer, brother of Heisman winner
Carson, among three vying for starting QB position
111 ARMY 1-11 13
West Point for coach Todd Berry (5-29) looks to improve in Black
Knights' final year in Conference USA
112 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 3-9 11
Senior WR Fred Stamps delivers: just second Ragin' Cajun to top
1,000 receiving yards
113 EASTERN MICHIGAN 3-9 19
New defensive coordinator Tim Rose has 10 starters back from
nation's worst defense (519.9 yards per game)
114 BUFFALO 1-11 17
TB Aaron Leeper (917 rushing yards, 10 TDs) was MAC Freshman of
the Year
115 LOUISIANA-MONROE 3-9 16
New coach Charlie Weatherbie is Indians' third in less than 12
months
116 IDAHO 2-10 13
Senior QB Brian Lindgren led Sun Belt in total offense (242.2
yards per game)
117 UTAH STATE 4-7 12
Game equivalent of Mr. Irrelevant Award: Aggies travel to Idaho
on Nov. 22 for season finale

COLOR PHOTO: TOM HAUCK/ICON SMI TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW Air Force and Cal will look to crack therankings after flirting with the Top 25 last season.COLOR PHOTO: ISAAC MENASHE/ICON SMI ZIP-ZIP HOORAY Frye leads a high-flying Akron offense that hasall 11 starters back, but the Zips face a hard road in the competitive MAC East.COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER WHY NOT 2K? Kent State's Cribbs aims to be the first player toboth rush and pass for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons.