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Originally Published: November 3, 2004
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
To be successful in college football, teams must have bona fide playmakers on offense – players capable of dismantling even the most talented defenses. The biggest constant among the top-ranked teams in the country is the presence of such superstars.

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay examines the most devastating offensive players in college football.

Most dangerous players

1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
He isn't the most versatile player, and he is the least experienced member of this group, but the freshman phenom has quickly developed into college football's most dangerous weapon. Peterson, who has rushed for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games this season, is a tough, shifty and powerful runner. His vision and patience have been impressive for such a young back, and his durability has been crucial in Oklahoma's national championship campaign.

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer