As the season gets started, let's take a look at some of the front runners for the Alumni Nation 2013 Most Outstanding Player Award. There are many good players throughout the country but these eleven guys show the most promise to bring in the award. Lache Seastrunk (Baylor) - Lache is a speed demon straight from the recent successful stable of thoroughbreds that is Oregon's backfield. A native of Temple, Texas, Lache grew homesick in Oregon and decided to take his talents to Waco to be closer to home. He has the speed and shiftiness to prove a real threat to defenses of all sorts this year and a coach who knows how to utilize such a dangerous player. Tony Jones (Colorado) - Tony may not be the biggest running back but he is quick and very shifty. In a balanced offense, Tony Jones will get plenty of looks that could put his numbers in contention for the prestigious award. Also, he benefits from a Pac 12 which is down this season and could further enhance his numbers. Chase Hoobler (Indiana) - Chase comes from a team who gets the most out of their linebackers and Chase is the star of that linebacking core. Playing on the outside, Chase will look to stretch out run plays, hurry the quarterback and break up passes. Under Coach Tom Docter's guidance, he should do plenty of these things all year long. Daymond Patterson (Kansas) - Daymond is a 5th year senior after a season ending injury last year. An undersized receiver with joystick like agility, Patterson makes plays. He will not only be a deep threat and a threat to take it to the house from screen passes and reverses, but he will also be a return threat on kick offs and punts. As long as quarterback Dayne Crist can hit Patterson in stride, he could put up monster numbers. La'Rodney King (Kentucky) - King is a large, physical receiver. At 6'4", he will be a red zone threat all year long. Coach Derek will look to utilize his big receiver's strengths and maximize his productivity. King does face tough SEC defenses every week but he has the talent to make the most of his chances. David Nwabuisi (Northwestern) - Nwabuisi is the star linebacker on Coach Jared Liesemeyer's aggressive defense. With the style of player Coach Liesemeyer deploys, Nwabuisi could wind up with many sacks and tackles for losses. Playing in a conference that is slightly down this year (only slightly), Nwabuisi could be a dark horse for the award this year. Time will tell. Charles Sawyer (Ole Miss) - Sawyer is the definition of a ball hawk. Playing at free safety, Sawyer should get his fair share of interceptions and big hits. Look for Sawyer to be in All SEC contention and to be a menace for opposing offenses. Desmond Johnson (Southern Mississippi) - Johnson is the star running back for a coach who runs a run heavy offense. Johnson has the ability and will certainly get the touches to put up monster numbers. Combine this with a weak Conference USA schedule and you have a recipe for M.O.P. success. Trey Watts (Tulsa) - Watts is an ultra speed running back for Coach Steven Foster's offensive machine. With a weak Conference USA schedule and the speed to turn the corner on pretty much any defense, Trey Watts should power the underrated Tulsa Hurricanes to a successful season with some impressive numbers of his own. Ed Saint Vil (UMass) - Saint Vil is an underrated free safety on Coach Roy Anderson's underrated UMass squad. No matter where he goes, Coach Anderson gets the most out of his free safeties and indeed his entire defense. Look for Saint Vil to quietly put up competitive MOP numbers en route to a quiet and solid UMass season. UMass will be largely overlooked all season....Until they pass your favorite team in the rankings.