Kelley tabbed No. 1 in impact

Vol receiver <a target='_new' href='http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=7&p=8&c=1&nid=316403&yr=2002'>Kelley Washington</a> looms as the No. 1 impact player in college football this season. So says Bruce Feldman, writing for ESPNMAG.com.

Before listing the NCAA's ''Hot 100'' players on the popular website, Feldman makes clear that this is not an NFL draft list. Rather, these are the players he thinks will have the greatest impact on their college teams this fall.


He lists Washington No. 1, with the notation: ''Awesome physical specimen could dominate at any level.''


Louisville QB Dave Ragone is No. 2, with Marshall QB Byron Leftwich No. 3.


Tennessee tight end Jason Witten is ranked No. 43 with the explanation: ''An absolute friggin' beast who is a legit 6'5'' 265 and runs 4.6.''


UT quarterback Casey Clausen is rated No. 47 with the notation: ''The Iceman is very accurate (64%) and now owns Knoxville.''


Clausen is one of five SEC quarterbacks on the Hot 100 list. The others are Florida's Rex Grossman (No. 8), Ole Miss' Eli Manning (No. 40), Georgia's David Greene (No. 80) and Kentucky's Jared Lorenzen (No. 100).


If Feldman is correct, defending national champ Miami will bring five of the NCAA's top 100 players to Knoxville to face UT on Nov. 9. They are QB Ken Dorsey (No. 14), receiver Andre Johnson (No. 21), linebacker John Vilma (No. 31), DE Jerome McDougle (No. 58) and tight end Kellen Winslow II (No. 88).


UT fans may be interested to know that ex-Vol RB Onterrio Smith, now a senior at Oregon, is rated No. 30. Texas QB Chris Simms, who committed to the Vols four years ago but reneged, is tabbed No. 32.


To view Feldman's complete list, go to espn.com and click on COLLEGE FOOTBALL.



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