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January 18, 2011
The signature play of the college football season came from a five-star prospect in the Class of 2010.
Oregon players thought they had tackled Auburn running back Michael Dyer in the final series of the BCS championship game, but Dyer's knee never hit the ground. Dyer got himself back up and ran for a 37-yard gain that set up Wes Byrum's winning 19-yard field goal.
But this class of five-star prospects hasn't produced many other big plays yet.
South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore played as well as any freshman -- true or redshirt -- this season by rushing for 1,197 yards and leading the Gamecocks to their first SEC East title, but he was the only one of the 26 five-star prospects from 2010 to emerge as an instant superstar.
This class has produced a number of skill-position performers who made immediate impacts. Dyer's big performance in the BCS championship game allowed him to join Lattimore in the 1,000-yard club. California wide receiver Keenan Allen and USC wide receiver Robert Woods also put up big numbers.
But the five-star prospects at other positions needed more time to develop. The only other five-star recruits from 2010 to start at least half their teams' games were Henderson and UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa.
We recap the 2010 performances of each of the five-star recruits in our season-ending Rivals.com Freshman Five-Star Tracker.