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Below, you will find AthlonSports.com contributor and CFG writer Mike Bainbridge's top five JUCO transfers for 2015. To see the full in-depth article, make sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.
Jovon Robinson (RB, Auburn)
2014 JUCO Stats: 2,387 rushing yards / 34 TDs
CFG Preseason rank: 41
The top JUCO prospect in all the land, Robinson was expected to be the starter from Day 1 for an Auburn team that ran the ball 600-plus times last season. The offense will be altered some in 2015 to fit the skills of new quarterback Jeremy Johnson, but the Tigers will still run and run it often. Despite missing a game last season for Georgia Military College, Robinson still posted 2,387 rushing yards and a combined 34 touchdowns, but he also lost five fumbles, which is a concern moving foward. As of now, it sounds as if Roc Thomas and possibly even Peyton Barber have the edge over Robinson during fall camp, but we do not expect that to last long. Robinson is too big of a talent to remain on the sidelines.
DeDe Westbrook (WR, Oklahoma)
2014 JUCO Stats: 76 receptions / 1,487 yards / 13 TDs
CFG Preseason Rank: 49
In just eight games at Blinn (Texas) College, incoming Oklahoma recruit DeDe Westbrook amassed 76 receptions and more than 1,400 yards, scoring a touchdown in each game and recording double-digit catches in all but two. With the Sooners moving towards a more up-tempo passing attack under new coordinator Lincoln Riley, that kind of production is needed as Oklahoma is expected to be in four-wide receiver sets frequently in 2015. Westbrook should help take the pressure off of fellow receiver Sterling Shepard who was far too often the only pass-catching threat the Sooners had last season — a big reason why the season went south for Oklahoma.
Chris Carson (RB, Oklahoma State)
2014 JUCO Stats: 994 rushing yards / 9 TDs
CFG Preseason Rank: 68
For just the second time in the Mike Gundy era and first since 2005, the Cowboys failed to average four yards or more per carry for the season. That is expected to change in 2015, as Gundy reinforced both the offensive line and backfield by bringing in a few transfers including Carson. The 4-star recruit initially committed to Georgia, but Carson likely saw the depth the Bulldogs already had at the RB position and flipped to Oklahoma State for the opportunity of immediate playing time. In his final season in the JC ranks, Carson averaged 110 yards per game on the ground, and should challenge leading returning rusher Rennie Childs for the starting role.
Alvin Kamara (RB, Tennessee)
2014 JUCO Stats: 1,253 rushing yards / 18 TDs
CFG Preseason Rank: 132
Remember back to 2013 when Alabama signed four 4-star RB prospects in one class? You just knew there were not enough carries to go around and that some would pop up at different schools looking for more touches. One of those eligible this season is Kamara, who landed at Tennessee after totaling more than 1,200 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Kamara will now team with sophomore Jalen Hurd to form possibly the top running back tandem in the SEC. The biggest question here in terms of fantasy football is how will carries be divided up between Kamara, Hurd and the mobile Joshua Dobbs?
Chad Kelly (QB, Ole Miss)
2014 JUCO Stats: 3,906 passing yards / 47 TDs
CFG Preseason Rank: 52
While none of the Ole Miss QBs were particularly impressive in the team’s spring game, Kelly did perform the best amongst the bunch as the only Rebel quarterback to throw a touchdown. Transferring in from East Mississippi Community College after starting his career at Clemson, Kelly tossed 47 touchdowns last season while also rushing for 446 yards and four scores, showing detractors why he was so highly rated coming out of high school. Kelly is in a three-way battle currently with Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade, but in terms of pure talent, Kelly is head and shoulders above his fellow competitors. If he can grasp the playbook and keep his head on straight, Kelly will start for the Rebels out of the gate.
— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and current writer for CollegeFootballGeek.com. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.
(Alvin Kamara photo courtesy of UTSports.com)