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November 28, 2006
Tribble makes late push in Power Rankings
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The last week of the regular season featured plenty of big moves up and down the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings.
Nobody made a bigger statement than Boston College cornerback DeJuan Tribble.
Tribble picked off three passes and returned one for a touchdown in a 17-14 loss to Miami. He now has seven interceptions and three defensive touchdowns this season.
His big game against Miami makes Tribble the new No. 15 defensive back in our power rankings, which measure the nation's best players and coaches at each position. He wasn't even ranked among the top 25 defensive backs last week.
Tribble wasn't the only player to help himself in that Thanksgiving night game.
Miami defensive end Calais Campbell moved up from No. 23 to No. 15 in our rankings of defensive linemen. Campbell recorded four tackles for loss against Boston College.
Brennan moved into the top five of our quarterback rankings for the first time all season after throwing three fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 42-35 victory over Purdue. Jarrett's three-touchdown performance in a 44-24 triumph over Notre Dame moved him into the No. 2 spot in our receiver charts.
The only change atop the rankings came at tight end.
Minnesota's Matt Spaeth supplanted Wisconsin's Travis Beckum as the No. 1 tight end one week after the Big Ten coaches and media both selected Spaeth instead of Beckum as a first-team all-conference selection.
Spaeth caught 47 passes for 564 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season despite playing the last month with an injured right shoulder.
Players or coaches maintaining their status as the best at their respective positions included Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Clemson defensive lineman Gaines Adams, Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis, California defensive back Daymeion Hughes, California punt returner DeSean Jackson, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe and Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week depending on how they fared the previous Saturday, but the power rankings measure their overall careers as well as their most recent performances.
By the end of the season, our power rankings should provide an accurate indicator of which players and coaches were the best at their respective positions.