- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Sometimes the stats don’t tell the whole story. Not when you are known as one of the best special teams players in the country and teams decide to kick away from you. Not when you routinely get double-teamed. Not when you are one of the most identifiable players on your team. That’s what made this player stand out in 2010.
No. 12 Jeremy Kerley, WR/PR/KR, TCU
His numbers may not have been as spectacular as they were in 2009, but Kerley still managed to win Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year honors after ranking second in the league in punt returns and third in the league in kickoff returns. He also led the Horned Frogs with a career-high 10 touchdown receptions, and was a threat to run out of the backfield and pass the ball, too. His touchdown pass against Utah in the first quarter caught the Utes off guard and essentially put the game out of reach.
The speed and quickness he has always been known for was still there, but teams refused to let him be the only player to beat him. That meant he opened up opportunities for players like freshman receiver Josh Boyce, who ended up leading the team in receiving. TCU will dearly miss him in 2011.
No 13 Vai Taua, RB, Nevada
No. 14 Titus Young, WR, Boise State
No. 15 Bryant Moniz, QB, Hawaii
No. 16 Dontay Moch, DE, Nevada
No. 20 T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, FIU
No. 21 Eric Page, WR/KR, Toledo
No. 22 Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU
Sometimes the stats don’t tell the whole story. Not when you are known as one of the best special teams players in the country and teams decide to kick away from you.