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July 2, 2011

Which player is least likely to bounce back?

At the College Football Roundtable each week, we ask each member of the college football coverage staff for his opinion about a topic in the sport. There were two questions this week, one Saturday and one today.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Last week, we spotlighted some potential bounce back players. Out of that group, who is most likely not to return to his 2009 form?

David Fox's answer:
Temple defensive end Adrian Robinson has the toughest task. Robinson will try to regain his 2009 form, when he was MAC defensive player of the year, despite there being holes on the line. Tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, a star on the line the past two seasons, was a first-round pick of the New York Jets, and tackle Elisha Joseph was a first-team All-MAC performer. While Robinson is trying to regain his form, he'll face more attention this season from opposing blockers. It's going to be a major challenge.

Mike Huguenin's answer:
I still have doubts about LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. I just don't think he's an SEC-caliber quarterback. He was beyond mediocre last season, and when you look closer at 2009, he didn't exactly light it up that season, either; is 17 TD passes, seven picks and 2,166 passing yards for a team that lost four games really anything to brag about? If LSU has to rely on Jefferson to make plays, the Tigers are in trouble. Jefferson has the talent to be adequate if LSU has a strong rushing attack -- but that didn't happen last season, and I don't think it will happen this season. I think the hiring of Steve Kragthorpe as coordinator/quarterback coach was a good one, but to expect a big season from Jefferson is expecting too much.

Steve Megargee's answer:
Miami's Jacory Harris may not get a chance to regain his 2009 form because I expect Stephen Morris to beat him out for the Hurricanes' starting quarterback job. It's tough for me to forget what I saw in Miami's 33-17 Sun Bowl loss to Notre Dame. Three of Harris' seven passes were intercepted that day, while Morris threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to make the game competitive. Miami threw 28 interceptions last season, more than any FBS program in the nation. New coach Al Golden has said he would make sure Miami reduces its mistakes this year. That doesn't bode well for Harris, who has been picked off 32 times over the past two seasons. Morris also threw more interceptions (nine) than touchdown passes (seven) last season, but Harris has the longer history of turnover problems.

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