No. 13 (A): Donald Buckram, RB, UTEP
2009 numbers: Rushed for 1,594 yards and 18 touchdowns, which led Conference USA and ranked fourth nationally.
Making the case for Buckram: Buckram is the best returning running back from the nonautomatic qualifying schools after a breakout season that is giving the Miners hope that they can make a run for the Conference USA West title. Coach Mike Price was given a vote of confidence because players such as Buckram were returning this year and his dynamic ability makes him one of the most formidable threats in the country. Buckram had eight games with at least 100 yards and had at least 147 yards in five of his final six games. He rushed for more than 200 yards three times a year ago.
No. 13 (B): Titus Young, WR, Boise State
2009 numbers: Had 79 catches for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns and had 15 total touchdowns during the season.
Making the case for Young: Young is so high on this list not because of his receiving stats, though they are impressive, but because of all of the things he does for the Broncos. He led the team in receptions per game, receiving yards per game and kick returns. He had two kick return touchdowns and three touchdowns rushing. The Broncos have a lot of offensive weapons, but Young will be one of the players to watch as the Broncos attempt to be the first nonautomatic qualifying team to play for a national title.