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The 2007 Rivals100: One year in

The 2007 class sent a ton of talent to the college ranks and saw many prospects go on to have immediate success as true freshmen for their respective teams.
Rivals.com takes a look at how members of the 2007 Rivals100 are faring after one full college football season and where they stand going into 2008 spring practice.
The 2007 Rivals100: 51-100
The 2007 Rivals100: 1-50
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1. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Freshman Recap: Played in 10 games, 138 of 245 for 1254 yards, 7 TDs, 6 INTs and 2 rushing TDs for 3-9 Notre Dame.
Spring Status: With the quarterback job his, looking to take the next step as Notre Dame's starter.
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2. Joe McKnight, RB, USC
Freshman Recap: Finished the season with 94 carries for 540 yards and 3 TDs, 23 receptions for 203 yards and 1 TD, 16 punt returns for 124 yards for 11-2 USC.
Spring Status: Fighting to be the lead back in a loaded USC backfield.
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3. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee
Freshman Recap: Thirteen starts, 83 total tackles (57 solo, 29 assists), 2 TFL, 6 pass breakup, 5 interceptions for school-record 222 return yards and 1 TD, 2 FR for 10-4 Tennessee.
Spring Status: Set to start at strong safety for the Vols.
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4. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Freshman Recap: Played in 11 games, 61 of 141 for 892 yards, 7 TD and 5 INT, 1 rush TD for 9-4 Michigan.
Spring Status: Has filed a waiver with the NCAA to gain immediate eligibility after transfer from Michigan, but will likely have to sit out next season.
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5. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Freshman Recap: Played in 12 games, 7 total tackles (6 solo, 1 assist), 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 QB hurry and a blocked punt for 9-4 Florida.
Spring Status: Working to lock down a starting spot at defensive end this spring.
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6. Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Freshman Recap: Played in 12 games, 21 total tackles (15 solo, 6 assists), 5.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 PBU for 11-2 USC.
Spring Status: Penciled in as a starter at defensive end.
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7. Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
Freshman Recap: Played in 12 games and made three starts, 26 total tackles (16 solo, 10 assists), 4 sacks, 2 TFL for 4-8 North Carolina.
Spring Status: Working through some nagging injuries, should be a major factor on the defensive interior for the Tar Heels next fall.
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8. Ronald Johnson, WR, USC
Freshman Recap: Played in 13 games, 4 carries for 27 yards, 7 rec for 110 yards and 1 TD, 25 KO ret for 620 yards, 2 tackles for 11-2 USC.
Spring Status: Looking to prove he can be the team's top deep threat, if not, he might move to cornerback where the Trojans are thin.
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9. Torrey Davis, DT, Florida
Freshman Recap: Played in 11 games, 7 total tackles (5 solo, 2 assists), 2 sacks, 1 FF, 3 TFL for 9-4 Florida.
Spring Status: Is off to a somewhat slow start to spring while trying to earn snaps in the defensive tackle rotation for the Gators.
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10. Josh Oglesby, OT, Wisconsin
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Enters spring as the second team right tackle.
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11. Chris Galippo, LB, USC
Freshman Recap: Played in 3 games before freshman season was cut short by a nagging back injury, 8 total tackles (5 solo, 3 asst.) for 11-2 USC.
Spring Status: Competing for playing time at middle linebacker.
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12. James Wilson, OL, Florida
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Asked for a release from his scholarship with intent to transfer before spring practice started, but is still on campus going through drills and his status remains up in the air.
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13. Terrance Toliver, WR, LSU
Freshman Recap: Played in 14 games, 10 rec for 249 yards, 3 TD, 3 carries for 36 yards for 12-2 LSU.
Spring Status: Competing to be the No. 3 receiver for the Tigers behind Brandon LaFell and Demetrius Byrd.
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14. Chad Jones, DB, LSU
Freshman Recap: Played in 14 games, 34 tackles (25 solo, 9 assists), 2 sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 17 punt returns for 112 yards, 4 KO returns for 90 yards for 11-2 LSU.
Spring Status: Looking to lock down starting spot at safety for the Tigers.
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15. Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia
Freshman Recap: Played in 12 games, 73 carries for 660 yards, 6 TD, 7 receptions for 90 yards, 22 KO returns for 511 yards for 11-2 West Virginia.
Spring Status: Running back spot is his after Steve Slaton left for the NFL.
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16. Tray Allen, OL, Texas
Freshman Recap: Appeared in nine games at tackle and on special teams for 10-3 Texas.
Spring Status: Fighting for the left tackle job for the Longhorns.
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17. Marc Tyler, RB, USC
Freshman Recap: Redshirted (injured).
Spring Status: Competing for playing time in a crowded Trojan backfield.
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18. Chris Donald, LB, Tennessee
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Competing for playing time at middle linebacker.
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19. Chris Culliver, WR, South Carolina
Freshman Recap: Played in 11 games, 5 carries for 31 yards, 34 KO returns for 809 yards for 6-6 South Carolina.
Spring Status: Getting a shot at safety during spring and currently running with the second team.
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20. Ben Martin, DE, Tennessee
Freshman Recap: Played in eight games, had 7 tackles (2 solo, 5 assists) for 10-4 Tennessee.
Spring Status: Enters spring listed as second team right defensive end.
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21. Curtis Brown, DB, Texas
Freshman Recap: Played in every game, 12 tackles (10 solo, 2 assists), 1 PBU for 10-3 Texas.
Spring Status: Fighting for playing time in a Texas secondary loaded with young talent.
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22. Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
Freshman Recap: Did not qualify academically, spent 2007 season at Hargrave Military Academy and re-signed with North Carolina.
Spring Status: Not yet on campus.
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23. Ryan Miller, OT, Colorado
Freshman Recap: Played in nine games, started final 7 for 6-7 Colorado.
Spring Status: Working with the first team at left tackle.
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24. Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Freshman Recap: 13 starts, 54 rec for 676 yards and 2 TD, 32 carries for 158 yards, 10 KO returns for 280 yards, including 90-yard KO ret for TD for 9-4 Illinois.
Spring Status: Enters spring set for his second season as a starting receiver for the Illini.
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25. Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
Freshman Recap: Played in every game, started 11, 52 tackles (35 solo, 17 assists), 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, 2 FR, 5 punt returns for 23 yards for 9-4 Michigan.
Spring Status: Already has locked down starting cornerback spot.
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26. Martez Wilson, DE, Illinois
Freshman Recap: Played in 13 games, 29 tackles (15 solo, 14 assists), 2 sack, 3 TFL, 2 QBH, 1 PBU for 9-4 Illinois.
Spring Status: Enters spring listed as a starter at linebacker.
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27. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech
Freshman Recap: Played in 11 games, 72 of 134 passing for 927 yards, 5 TD and 3 INT, 102 carries for 429 yards and 6 TDs for 11-3 Virginia Tech.
Spring Status: Competing with Sean Glennon for snaps at quarterback who he split time with last year.
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28. Cameron Newton, QB, Florida
Freshman Recap: Played in 5 games, 5 of 10 for 40 yards passing, 16 carries for 103 yards, 3 TD for 9-4 Florida.
Spring Status: Battling redshirt freshman John Brantley for the right to backup Tim Tebow at quarterback.
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29. Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC
Freshman Recap: Started first four games at center for 11-2 Trojans before injury. Returned from injury for final three games.
Spring Status: The favorite to win the starting job at center.
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30. Enrique Davis, RB, Ole Miss
Freshman Recap: Did not qualify academically after signing with Auburn, spent 2007 season at Hargrave Military Academy and signed with Ole Miss in 2008.
Spring Status: Not yet on campus.
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31. John Chiles, ATH, Texas
Freshman Recap: Played in 7 games, 1 of 9 passing for 17 yards, 36 carries for 191 yards and 2 TD, 1 rec for 9 yards.
Spring Status: Competing with Sherrod Harris and G.J. Kinne for backup quarterback spot behind Colt McCoy.
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32. Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina
Freshman Recap: Played in 12 games, started 9, 26 total tackles (20 solo, 6 assists), 2 TFL, 1 QB hurry and 1 blocked kick for 6-6 South Carolina.
Spring Status: Opened last season at defensive end but shifted to outside linebacker after the season started and will remain at outside linebacker in the spring.
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33. Doug Wiggins, DB, Western Michigan
Freshman Recap: Played in first four games at Miami, registered 2 solo tackles.
Spring Status: Transferred to Western Michigan.
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34. Duval Kamara, WR, Notre Dame
Freshman Recap: Played in 11 games, 32 rec for 357 yards, 4 TD for 3-9 Notre Dame.
Spring Status: Enters spring ready to take on the role of Notre Dame's go-to receiver.
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35. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Freshman Recap: Played in every game, started 9, 74 total tackles (38 solo, 36 assists), 2 INT, 7 TFL, 1 sack, 4 PBU and 1 QB hurry for 7-6 Alabama.
Spring Status: Running with the first team at inside linebacker this spring.
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36. John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Will compete for carries with Zach Brown, P.J. Hill and Lance Smith.
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37. Jerimy Finch, DB, Florida
Freshman Recap: Played in 3 games, broke right leg in third game that ended his season, 7 total tackles (4 solo, 3 assists), 1 INT for 9-4 Florida.
Spring Status: Is a candidate for safety and linebacker jobs and has yet to find a permanent home.
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38. Aron White, TE, Georgia
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Listed as the backup to senior Tripp Chandler.
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39. Michael Huey, OG, Texas
Freshman Recap: Played in all 13 games at guard and on special teams for 10-3 Texas.
Spring Status: Competing for a starting spot at guard.
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40. Dionte Allen, CB, Florida State
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Working to crack the rotation at cornerback for the Seminoles.
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41. DeAngelo Benton, WR, LSU
Freshman Recap: Did not qualify academically, spent 2007 season at Hargrave Military Academy and re-signed with LSU.
Spring Status: Not yet on campus.
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42. Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson
Freshman Recap: Played in 13 games, 18 total tackles (13 solo, 5 assists), 1 PBU, 4 KOR for 119 yards and 1 punt return for 11 yards.
Spring Status: In the mix at cornerback and be a factor in the return game for the Tigers.
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43. Major Wright, S, Florida
Freshman Recap: Played in 13 games, started 7, 67 total tackles (47 solo, 20 assists), 1 INT, 2 PBU, 4 FF for 9-4 Florida.
Spring Status: Slated to start at free safety for the Gators.
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44. Aaron Corp, QB, USC
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Enters spring just behind Mark Sanchez and Mitch Mustain in the battle to replace departed John David Booty at quarterback.
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45. Kendall Smith, LB, Florida State
Freshman Recap: Played in 13 games, started 1, 14 total tackles (6 solo, 8 assists) for 7-6 Florida State.
Spring Status: Listed as second team linebacker.
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46. Austin Box, LB, Oklahoma
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Competing for the starting weakside linebacker spot for the Sooners.
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47. John Brantley, QB, Florida
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Battling sophomore Cameron Newton for the right to backup Tim Tebow at quarterback.
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48. Da'John Harris, DT, USC
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Working to get in the mix at defensive tackle for the Trojans.
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49. Deonte Thompson, WR, Florida
Freshman Recap: Redshirted.
Spring Status: Competing for a spot in the receiver rotation.
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50. Brandon Saine, RB, Ohio State
Freshman Recap: Played in 11 games, 60 carries for 287 yards and 2 TD, 12 rec for 160 yards and 1 TD, 3 KOR for 60 yards for 11-2 Ohio State.
Spring Status: Battling Maurice Wells for playing time behind starter Chris Wells.
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