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September 11, 2007

Power rankings: Oklahoma's Kelly takes over

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST | Coaches: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

Oklahoma's Malcolm Kelly certainly is the most economical receiver in the nation.

He also is the best.

Five of Kelly's eight catches this season have resulted in touchdowns. He continued that trend Saturday by reaching the end zone three times in a 51-13 victory over Miami.

His huge performance against a solid Miami defense has catapulted Kelly to a No. 1 spot in the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings, which measure the top players and coaches at each position.

Kelly has caught 18 passes for 362 yards and seven touchdowns in the last three full games he has played. He missed most of the Fiesta Bowl last year after injuring his knee early in the game.

He has averaged 27.5 yards per reception this season. Of the top 30 players in the nation in receiving yards per game, only Michigan State's Devin Thomas has a higher average per catch.

Kelly moved ahead of Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett, who fell from the top spot after catching just four passes for 52 yards in a 25-10 loss to Alabama.

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson joined Kelly atop the power rankings this week. Wilson replaced Florida's Dan Mullen as our top offensive coordinator after helping the Sooners score a total of 130 points in redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford's first two games as a starter.

Other newcomers atop the power rankings this week include Southern California offensive tackle Sam Baker and LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.

Baker replaced Michigan's Jake Long as the No. 1 offensive lineman after the Wolverines fell 39-7 to Oregon for their second consecutive loss. Pelini moved ahead of Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster on the strength of the Tigers' 48-7 victory over the Hokies.

Players or coaches maintaining their status as the best at their respective positions included Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Wisconsin tight end Travis Beckum, LSU defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, Arizona defensive back Antoine Cason and Florida coach Urban Meyer.

The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.

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.

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position:
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST | Coaches: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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