Cody over Hansen, when Hansen has the arm to get the arm down field and the scrambling ability to bust a long run. Espy over guys like Simmons and Wright that can beat a corner deep or turn a short slant into a long gain. Sumler over Darrell Scott in passing situations, when DS has the speed and hands to turn a dump off into an explosive play. In the past, it's been guys like Cody Crawford and Dusty Sprague starting over Blake Mackey, Pat Williams and Josh Smith. Urban Meyer compiled the following stat that appeared in ESPN the Magazine this week: “A college football team has only a 20% chance of scoring on a drive with no plays beyond 15 yards. But with just one play exceeding that distance, the number jumps to 50%. Two such plays push the needle to 80%.” This is why you play your speed in college. Without explosive plays, your offense does not score very many points. The article went on to talk about how speed dominates the college game, but not the pro game, and explains why. In a nutshell, the hashes are farther apart so a college player on a sweep has about 10 extra yards to gain the corner on some plays. Also, and more importantly, college players are less experienced and get much less practice time than pro players. Therefore, it was estimated that the defense executes all its assignments exactly right about 50% of the time (versus 90% in the NFL). This leaves major holes in a defense that fast players can readily exploit and can't be covered up unless the defense has a ton of speed to cover a mistake or make it irrelevant through an explosive defensive play. Finally, on the topic of explosive plays vs. playbook knowledge, I was thinking about a story I saw on Brett Favre. One time he was sitting in a QB meeting and the coach kept talking about the gameplan and what they were going to do against Nickel. Favre didn't know what Nickel was and had to ask the backup QB after the meeting was over. When he told Favre that it meant that the defense has an extra DB in by substituting for a linebacker, Favre's reaction was, "So what." With an attitude like that, he would never see the field under Dan Hawkins.