The Bowl Championship Series-era has featured some of the most proficient individual talents in college football history. But a select group has risen above the sport to become the most iconic talents of the period. It’s helped make them the individual players who helped shape and define the last 10 seasons because of their dramatic individual talents.
1. Vince Young: It’s hard to imagine a more fitting climax for a career than the one that Young enjoyed at Texas. He punctuated his career by leading his team to the national championship, capping a remarkable 20-game winning streak by beating defending national champion USC in the Rose Bowl.
Young’s skills were most apparent when his team needed a dramatic comeback, such as in back-to-back Rose Bowl victories where he accounted for 839 total yards. During Texas’ 2005 championship season, he willed his team to thrilling, comeback victories over Oklahoma State and Kansas leading up to the championship.
Earlier in his career, some doubted Young’s passing abilities. That only served as inspiration to him as he developed into a multifaceted player who won 30 of his 32 starts in college. And his rushing and passing allowed him to become the first player in college football history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.