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September 5, 2007

Power Rankings: Bennett makes jump to top

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST | Coaches: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

His name is Earl, but he's the king of wide receivers.

Earl Bennett's record performance in a 41-17 triumph over Richmond last week has made the Vanderbilt junior the No. 1 wide receiver in the latest edition of the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings, which measure the top players and coaches at each position.

Bennett caught 13 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in the Commodores' season-opening victory Saturday. His 223 receiving yards represented a school single-game record. The 13 catches were the most ever by a Southeastern Conference receiver in a season opener.

Although he is only a junior, Bennett needs only 32 more catches to set the SEC career record.

Bennett's big performance last weekend allowed him to replace California's DeSean Jackson atop the receiver rankings. Jackson continues to top the special-teams rankings after helping his cause Saturday with a spectacular 77-yard punt return in a 45-31 victory over Tennessee.

Other changes atop the power rankings this week came at linebacker and offensive coordinator.

Penn State's Dan Connor displaced Ohio State's James Laurinaitis as our top linebacker after leading the Nittany Lions to a 59-0 shutout of Florida International.

Florida's Dan Mullen moved atop the rankings of offensive coordinators. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher fell from the top spot after a 24-18 loss to Clemson in which the Seminoles picked up just one first down before halftime.

Players or coaches maintaining their status as the best at their respective positions included Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Wisconsin tight end Travis Beckum, Michigan offensive lineman Jake Long, LSU defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, Arizona defensive back Antoine Cason, Florida coach Urban Meyer and Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.

By the end of the season, our power rankings should provide an accurate indicator of which players and coaches were the best at their respective positions.

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position:
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST | Coaches: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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