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September 25, 2007

Bluegrass State duo take over top spots

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

Andre' Woodson can't lose. Felix Jones and Harry Douglas can't win.

But all three players have performed well enough on their respective teams to soar to the top of the Rivals.com Power Rankings, which measure the top players and coaches at each position.

Woodson moved to the No. 1 spot in the quarterback rankings after leading Kentucky to back-to-back comeback victories over Arkansas and Louisville. Woodson hasn't thrown an interception all season and has set an NCAA record by attempting 296 consecutive passes without getting picked off.

He moved ahead of Hawaii's Colt Brennan, who missed a 66-10 victory over I-AA Charleston Southern because of an ankle injury.

Kentucky's comeback victories have come at the expense of the other two newcomers atop our rankings. Louisville and Arkansas have lost two in a row, but Douglas and Jones aren't to blame for their teams' misfortunes.

Douglas has caught 25 passes for 428 yards during the Cardinals' two-game skid and ranks third in the nation with 169.8 receiving yards per game. That remarkable two-game stretch allowed Douglas to surge ahead of Oklahoma's Malcolm Kelly, who caught three passes for 48 yards last week in a 62-21 triumph over Tulsa.

Jones scored on an 82-yard punt return in a 42-29 loss to Kentucky after returning a kickoff 90 yards for a score in a season-opening 46-26 victory over Troy. Jones' latest return allowed him to replace California's DeSean Jackson as the No. 1 special-teams player in the nation.

Players and coaches remaining atop their respective positions included Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden, Missouri tight end Martin Rucker, USC offensive lineman Sam Baker, LSU defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, Penn State linebacker Dan Connor, Kansas defensive back Aqib Talib, Florida coach Urban Meyer, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.

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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