Top Ten List: OU's Most Impactful Players For 2013 Football

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1. Aaron Colvin- OU has a legitimate Jim Thorpe Award candidate in Colvin. The CBs will have to be stellar in an otherwise lackluster secondary... and I know Colvin will be just that. With his talent, he would likely help the team more at safety. But he will stay at CB, and he will be one of the best in the Big 12 and the nation.

2. Jalen Saunders- In a word... playmaker! No matter who wins the starting QB job, they would be wise to get him the ball very often. Saunders should also play a vital role in the return game. With his speed and shiftiness, he has the chance to explode anytime he gets the ball.

3. Trey Millard- Could this finally be the year Heupel unleashes Millard? Trey is a great runner, receiver, and blocker. Millard could be the short yardage option if Heupel does not use the "Belldozer" as often. That should work out pretty well for OU. If there was a national fullback award, he would be the favorite to win it.

4. Gabe Ikard- He was great before getting injured last year. I think he will be even better this year. He will be the leader for an experienced offensive line as long as he can stay healthy. I would not be surprised to see Ikard in the Remington Trophy conversation.

5. Damien Williams- This young man distinguished himself as the primary back last year. His 95-yard run in the RRR etched his name in the record books. Hopefully he can pick up where he left off last year. If not, there is a platoon of tailbacks ready to step in and steal carries from him.

6. Sterling Shepard- If not for the uncertainty at QB, he would be much higher on my list. He has tremendous passion for sooner football and the talent to go with it. When it is all said and done, I believe Shepard will be in the same category as Broyles, Iglesias, and Clayton.

7. Brennan Clay- Mr. Reliable! He does not possess the same big play ability as Damien Williams, but he will move the chains. I have always been a fan of Clay. He showed some flashes of greatest last season, particularly the bedlam game. Clay and Williams are going to be a good 1-2 punch.

8. Corey Nelson- Remember him? Whether you like Brent Venables or not, you cannot deny the fact that he produced some great LBs during his tenure. Many OU fans thought Corey Nelson was the next great LB a couple of seasons ago... then last year happened. I think he will rebound this season and return to his freshman/sophomore form.

9. Blake Bell- And so it begins. The question is... how soon will the honeymoon end? Though Bell hasn't "officially" been named the starter, it's a foregone conclusion. Bell likely does not have the huge arm that his predecessor has. However, he should make up for that with his ability to make plays with his legs. OU fans are also looking for Bell to step up in pressure situations, which is something Landry was often criticized for not being able to do.

10. Cortez Johnson- This is my wildcard pick because I don't know how he will respond to the bright lights of an actual game. Mike Stoops must be impressed since has pushed him towards the front of the CB line. Cortez will probably get picked on a lot because QBs will want to stay away from Colvin. If he emerges, he should have plenty of chances to make some big plays.

This is my list. I'm interested in knowing you all's lists.

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