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The most versatile player on each top-25 team

Whether USC needs him on offense, defense or special teams (or the track and field team), Adoree' Jackson delivers. Darron Cummings/AP

Mark Schlabach's 2016 Way-Too-Early Top 25 has Alabama and Florida State in the top two spots, with Michigan and Baylor right behind them.

Here are the most versatile players on each team in those rankings:


1. Alabama Crimson Tide

QB Cooper Bateman
He's not just another tall quarterback. Bateman can do more than stand in the pocket and deliver. Not only is he fast enough to run the read-option -- tight end O.J. Howard admitted he's slower than Bateman -- but he's multitalented, too, having spent a portion of spring camp last year at receiver. -- Alex Scarborough


2. Florida State Seminoles

S Derwin James
Arguably the best player on the Seminoles defense, James could start at either safety spot. As a true freshman last season, James played some defensive end as a pass rusher and also played nickel and finished with 91 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. -- Andrea Adelson


3. Michigan Wolverines

LB Jabrill Peppers
Peppers might be at the top of this list for any team in the country next season. The Big Ten freshman of the year moved from cornerback to safety last year and is now at outside linebacker this spring. He also returned punts and lined up at receiver, running back and quarterback for the Wolverines as a rookie. He topped out at 96 total snaps in one game last season and that number isn't going to be getting much lower moving forward -- Dan Murphy


4. Baylor Bears

RB Lynx Hawthorne
Hawthorne can certainly play a variety of different roles, but the Bears have developed two more players who'll show off their versatility this fall: receiver Chris Johnson and safety Davion Hall. Johnson had to be the Bears' starting quarterback for three games last year but has moved back to wideout. He's got the size to be a nice inside or outside threat there. Hall, a reserve receiver who converted to safety this offseason, offers great athleticism and ball skills. -- Max Olson


5. Clemson Tigers

DT Christian Wilkins
Wilkins arrived as a 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle but has proved he can do just about anything. Remember his athletic catch off a fake punt in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma? Now this spring, he has played tackle and defensive end, proving his versatility once again. -- Andrea Adelson


6. LSU Tigers

CB Donte Jackson
Although Jackson is ineligible for the rest of the spring, we'll assume everything will be sorted out by the fall. If so, the speedy sophomore is easily one of the most dynamic athletes on LSU's roster. He will be one of the Tigers' top cornerbacks, he occasionally contributes on offense and is among the Tigers' top kick returners. He's also a sprinter on the LSU track team, posting one of the SEC's best times this year in the 60 meters. -- David Ching


7. Oklahoma Sooners

RB Joe Mixon
Mixon could start for many teams, though because of Samaje Perine, he is relegated to wingman in Norman. But thanks to Mixon's versatility, most notably as a sure-handed receiver, the Sooners have found plenty of ways to still get him the ball, which is why Mixon finished 12th in the Big 12 last season in yards rushing and receiving, even with Perine remaining the primary back. -- Jake Trotter


8. Stanford Cardinal

RB Christian McCaffrey
No surprise here: The most versatile player in the country also happens to be the most versatile player on the Cardinal's roster. McCaffrey did it all in his record-breaking 2015 campaign. Heck, he even threw a pair of touchdown passes. Just how much better can McCaffrey be in 2016? That's the big question, considering he did all that damage as a 19-year-old last year. -- David Lombardi


9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

WR Torii Hunter Jr.
Hunter did a little bit of everything last season: He rushed the ball five times for 16 yards, he completed one of three passes for 35 yards and he recorded two tackles as a defensive back. Oh, and he also caught 28 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns in his day job as a receiver. The son of the recently retired baseball great, the redshirt junior is the Irish's leading returning receiver in 2016. And he has kept busy off the gridiron this spring, too: Hunter is an outfielder on Notre Dame's baseball team. -- Matt Fortuna


10. Ohio State Buckeyes

WR Torrance Gibson
The freakishly athletic redshirt freshman was never all that likely to stick around at quarterback once coaches had a look at him at wideout, and the Buckeyes didn't waste much time making that transition when he arrived on campus last year. But Gibson could still air it out if needed, making him an option as a do-it-all Wildcat quarterback as he continues to tap into his potential catching passes instead of throwing them -- and he might become a special-teams fixture, as well. -- Austin Ward


11. Houston Cougars

QB Kyle Postma
Without a doubt, it's Postma. Last season, he served as the backup quarterback to Greg Ward Jr., but early in the season he also spent time at receiver. Then when Ward was injured against Memphis, Postma led the Cougars to a comeback win from behind center. This spring, Postma is getting work as a punter in addition to getting backup quarterback reps. -- Sam Khan Jr.


12. Tennessee Volunteers

RB Alvin Kamara
The Vols have a few guys who can do a bit of everything, but Kamara has the ability to be a true triple threat. He rushed for 698 yards with seven touchdowns last year, but also caught 34 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Evan Berry gets all the special-teams attention, but Berry returned eight punts for 100 yards and a touchdown last season. Kamara is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands and Tennessee's coaching staff will make sure he touches the rock as much as possible in as many ways as possible. -- Edward Aschoff


13. Ole Miss Rebels

OL Robert Conyers
The Rebels might be rebuilding along the offensive line, but with Conyers, they have someone they can move around. He provides the flexibility because he can play both center and tackle effectively. Conyers could even play guard if need be. He started five games at center last year before an ACL injury against Memphis cut his season short. He's also started for two games at right tackle for the Rebels. Conyers will be able to help this staff mix and match more during the preseason to find the right combination. -- Edward Aschoff


14. Michigan State Spartans

FB Delton Williams
The move from tailback to fullback isn't far, but having the body and knowledge to jump between the two spots at a moment's notice is difficult. Williams was looking for a way to get reps in a crowded backfield this year and Mark Dantonio suggested he try both. He also considered moving to defense at linebacker or dropping a few pounds and trying his hand at safety if that would allow him to build up some tape for NFL scouts. Riley Bullough, the middle linebacker who took a turn at running back earlier in his career, also deserves mention in this category. -- Dan Murphy


15. TCU Horned Frogs

WR KaVontae Turpin
It didn't take long for Turpin to emerge as one of the most dangerous playmakers in the Big 12 as a true freshman in 2015. Not only did the speedy Turpin haul in eight touchdown passes last season, he finished second in the Big 12 in both kickoff and punt returns. -- Jake Trotter


16. USC Trojans

CB/WR Adoree' Jackson
There were times during the 2015 season that Jackson seemed like the Trojans' most dangerous offensive weapon. At other times, he was their best defensive player. Jackson's ability to shift seamlessly between both sides of the ball (plus special teams) -- and the USC track and field team -- makes him one of the most versatile athletes in college sports. -- Kyle Bonagura


17. Iowa Hawkeyes

DB Desmond King
He's already the Thorpe Award winner and Iowa's primary punt- and kick-return specialist. So how about a little offense for the senior from Detroit? Coach Kirk Ferentz might be tempted, though the Hawkeyes possess some nice talent already at receiver. Regardless, King has shown he can do it all, ranking second nationally in interceptions with eight last year. Whatever he tries in 2016, don't be surprised. -- Mitch Sherman


18. North Carolina Tar Heels

WR Mack Hollins
Hollins, a former walk-on, led the Tar Heels in receiving last season with 745 yards and eight touchdown catches. But Hollins also plays on nearly every special-teams package and has served as special-teams captain three years in a row. When he walked on at UNC, he was determined to make a name for himself on that unit -- and that mentality has never changed. -- Andrea Adelson


19. Georgia Bulldogs

WR Isaiah McKenzie
McKenzie doesn't have eye-popping offensive stats, but he's a guy who can do just about anything on the field. He's made his biggest impact in the kick-return game, registering 828 total kick- and punt-return yards in two season with five touchdowns. McKenzie averaged 28.1 yards per kick return as a freshman and has had two touchdowns on punts in each of the last two seasons. For his career, McKenzie, who will have to be a bigger part of the passing game in 2016, has 16 catches for 190 yards. He also has carried the ball 18 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns. -- Edward Aschoff


20. Oregon Ducks

S Charles Nelson
Nelson has spent the spring focusing on offense for the Ducks, but the reality is that they could use him all over. He finished the 2015 season with rushing statistics (115 yards, six carries, one touchdown), receiving statistics (270 yards, three touchdowns, 17 catches), defensive statistics (47 tackles, two interceptions, four pass breakups) and special-teams statistics (33 kick returns, 876 yards, one touchdown). -- Chantel Jennings


21. UCLA Bruins

WR/CB Ishmael Adams
After three seasons as a fixture in the Bruins' secondary, where he was named first-team All-Pac-12 in 2014, Adams is spending the spring adjusting to life on offense. The coaching staff looked at his quickness and proven ability with the ball in his hands as a possible solution for the team's lack of experience at receiver. Adams likely will be one of the rare players to feature in all three phases in the fall. -- Kyle Bonagura


22. Oklahoma State Cowboys

WR Jalen McCleskey
The Cowboys will look to use McCleskey, a sophomore, in a lot of different ways. His debut season featured big plays on jet sweeps and a 67-yard punt return for a score against Texas Tech, but his role should expand even more in 2016. McCleskey has the potential to make an impact as a rusher, receiver and returner this fall thanks to his tremendous speed and quickness. -- Brandon Chatmon


23. Washington Huskies

S Budda Baker
Though Baker is the Huskies' star safety, it doesn't take much imagination to think of him playing elsewhere for Washington. In high school he was a safety, running back and returner, and his 44-yard interception return during his freshman season against Oklahoma State in the bowl game made people believe that he could be a returner/running back at this level, too. And if that's not enough, he also could help out the Washington track team -- he won eight state track titles in high school. -- Chantel Jennings


24. Florida Gators

S Marcus Maye
Florida's coaching staff can move Maye all around the Gators' defense. He worked at safety, corner and the nickel spot this spring in a secondary that has a good bit of depth and talent returning. Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins likes to mix up his lineups, so don't be surprised if Maye, who flirted with leaving early for the NFL after last season, plays all three spots this fall. Maye is at his best at safety, but he has the speed and athleticism to make plays in the slot at outside for the Gators. He isn't an every-down corner, and will need to continue working on his coverage skills, but using him there in some situations will add some versatility to this defense. -- Edward Aschoff


25. Boise State Broncos

RB Jeremy McNichols
Only one player in the nation scored more touchdowns in 2015 than McNichols, and that was Alabama's Derrick Henry. The Broncos' junior did his damage on the ground and through the air: He rushed for 1,337 yards and 20 scores while also catching 51 passes for six touchdowns. McNichols' reception total was the third best on Boise State's team, and he also returned kicks part time throughout the season. Look for his role to grow in 2016. -- David Lombardi