Andy Dalton leapfrogs to No. 1

Updated: November 15, 2010, 6:47 PM ET
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It's tough to make a name for yourself when you're competing against the likes of Auburn QB Cameron Newton and Oregon RB LaMichael James -- especially when you're the quaterback of a non-AQ school. Yet Andy Dalton finally got his time in the sun -- and he shined. The TCU quarterback seized the spotlight against Utah and completed 21 of 26 passes with three touchdowns, a career-high 355 yards and no interceptions. Welcome to No. 1, Andy Dalton.

Rounding out the top five are Vikings season-saver Brett Favre, speedy Eagles QB Michael Vick, Jimmie Johnson's worst nightmare -- Denny Hamlin -- and Browns running sensation Peyton Hillis.

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