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Ninth Annual Herbie Awards

Herbstreit By Kirk Herbstreit
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With the season’s kickoff just days away, it’s time to step back and celebrate the players, coaches, color and pageantry of college football. Who are the players to know? Where are the places to be? The ninth annual Herbie Awards presentation answers those questions and more.This list tackles the top playmakers, the defensive difference-makers, the fresh faces on the scene, the student sections that roar and everything else that’s great about college football. Herbies are given to the best college football players, coaches, teams and fans across the nation. Also, this is just my list. These are my choices, and not everyone will agree. That’s the beauty of it. Let the second-guessing begin.So, without further ado, here are the ninth annual Herbie Awards:

BORN TO RUN: BEST RUNNING BACKS


Jahvid Best has his eyes on a Herbie Award.

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1. Jahvid Best, California
2. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
3. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
4. Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
5. C.J. Spiller, Clemson
6. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

OFF AND RUNNING: READY TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

1. Toby Gerhart, Stanford
2. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss
3. Damion Fletcher, Southern Miss
4. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
5. Michael Smith, Arkansas
6. Nic Grigsby, Arizona

Toby Gerhart will have Cardinal foes seeing red.

(Photo by Daniel R. Harris/Icon SMI)

CATCH A RISING STAR: TOP WIDE RECEIVERS


Defenses will handle Dez Bryant with care in 2009.

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1. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
2. Julio Jones, Alabama
3. A.J. Green, Georgia
4. Damian Williams, USC
5. Arrelious Benn, Illinois
6. Jordan Shipley, Texas
7. Golden Tate, Notre Dame
8. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati

THE HOGMOLLIES: BEST IN THE TRENCHES

C – Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
G – Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
G – Rodney Hudson, Florida State
T – Ciron Black, LSU
T – Russell Okung, Oklahoma State

USC’s Kristofer O’Dowd is the center of attention.

(Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

END GAME: TOP TIGHT ENDS


Catching Jermaine Gresham won’t be easy in ’09.

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1. Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
2. Aaron Hernandez, Florida
3. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
4. Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
5. Ed Dickson, Oregon
6. Dennis Pitta, BYU
7. D.J. Williams, Arkansas

QUARTERBACKS: POCKET PRESENCE

1. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
2. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss
3. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
4. Max Hall, BYU
5. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
6. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
7. Tim Hiller, Western Michigan

Will Sam Bradford make another Heisman connection?

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI)

QUARTERBACKS: DUAL THREAT


Tim Tebow’s focused on another title run.

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1. Tim Tebow, Florida
2. Colt McCoy, Texas
3. Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
4. Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State
5. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
6. Jake Locker, Washington
7. Todd Reesing, Kansas

ANTICIPATION: TOP FIRST-YEAR QB STARTERS

1. Greg McElroy, Alabama
2. Kyle Parker, Clemson
3. Matt Barkley, USC
4. Zac Lee, Nebraska
5. Jacory Harris, Miami
6. Jarrett Brown, West Virginia

Greg McElroy’s ready for his turn with the Tide.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

OFF THE EDGE: BEST DEFENSIVE ENDS


Carlos Dunlap will have his eyes on QBs this fall.

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1. Carlos Dunlap, Florida
2. Greg Hardy, Ole Miss
3. Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
4. Sergio Kindle, Texas
5. Everson Griffen, USC
6. Rahim Alem, LSU

NOWHERE TO RUN: TOP DEFENSIVE TACKLES

1. Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
2. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
3. Terrence Cody, Alabama
4. Jared Odrick, Penn State
5. Geno Atkins, Georgia

Look for Gerald McCoy to be a destructive force.

(Photo by June Frantz-Hunt/Icon SMI)

INSIDE EDITION: TOP INSIDE LINEBACKERS


Brandon Spikes has the inside track for a Herbie.

(Photo by Tim Larson/Icon SMI)
1. Brandon Spikes, Florida
2. Rolando McClain, Alabama
3. Sean Lee, Penn State
4. Ryan Reynolds, Oklahoma
5. Reggie Carter, UCLA

OUTSIDE EDGE: BEST OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

1. Rennie Curran, Georgia
2. Navorro Bowman, Penn State
3. Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
4. Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
5. Sean Spence, Miami
6. Eric Norwood, South Carolina

Rennie Curran is the top dog at outside linebacker.

(Photo by Brad Schloss/Icon SMI)

CORNERING THE MARKET: TOP CORNERBACKS


Joe Haden has things covered for the Gators.

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1. Joe Haden, Florida
2. Syd’Quan Thompson, California
3. Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
4. Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt
5. Alterraun Verner, UCLA
6. Patrick Peterson, LSU

SAFETY DANCE: NATION’S BEST SAFETIES

1a. Eric Berry, Tennessee
1b. Taylor Mays, USC
3. Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
4. Bo McNally, Stanford
5. Chad Jones, LSU

Taylor Mays and Eric Berry share a Herbie.

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RETURN ENGAGEMENT: TOP RETURN MEN


The final returns have Brandon James on top.

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1. Brandon James, Florida
2. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
3. Javier Arenas, Alabama
4. Syd’Quan Thompson, California
5. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

FRESH APPROACH: TOP TRUE FRESHMEN

1. Matt Barkley, USC
2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
3. Trent Richardson, Alabama
4. Tate Forcier, Michigan
5. Jelani Jenkins, Florida
6. Marlon Brown, Georgia
7. Bryce Brown, Tennessee
8. Alex Okafor, Texas
9. Rueben Randle, LSU
10. Jonathan Bostic, Florida

Matt Barkley will have a leading role in L.A. in ’09.

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REMEMBER ME: HOUSEHOLD NAMES BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER


Mark Ingram will help the Tide roll this season.

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1. Mark Ingram, Alabama
2. Richard Samuel, Georgia
3. Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech
4. Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
5. Russell Wilson, NC State
6. David Ausberry, USC
7. Jewel Hampton, Iowa
8. David Nelson, Florida
9. Detron Lewis, Texas Tech
10. Jarrett Brown, West Virginia

RODNEY DANGERFIELDS: PLAYERS WHO DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT

1. Aaron Hernandez, Florida
2. Kerry Meier, Kansas
3. Chris Brown, Oklahoma
4. Josh Pinkard, USC
5. Evan Royster, Penn State
6. Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech

No way the Herbies would overlook Aaron Hernandez.

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TEAMS ON THE MOVE

Movin’ On Up Headin’ On Down
1. LSU Tigers 1. Missouri Tigers
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2. Cincinnati Bearcats
3. Clemson Tigers 3. Connecticut Huskies
4. UCLA Bruins 4. Northwestern Wildcats
5. Arkansas Razorbacks 5. Boston College Eagles
6. Michigan Wolverines 6. Texas Tech Red Raiders

MARK IT DOWN: CONFERENCE PICKS

Conference Champion Sleeper
ACC Atlantic Florida State NC State
ACC Coastal Georgia Tech North Carolina
ACC champ Georgia Tech  
Big 12 North Nebraska Colorado
Big 12 South Texas Oklahoma State
Big 12 champ Texas  
Big East Rutgers West Virginia
Big Ten Penn State Michigan State
Pac-10 USC UCLA
SEC East Florida South Carolina
SEC West Alabama Arkansas
SEC champ Florida  
C-USA East Southern Miss  
C-USA West Houston  
C-USA champ Southern Miss  
MAC East Temple  
MAC West Western Michigan  
MAC champ Western Michigan  
MWC BYU  
Sun Belt Troy  
WAC Boise State  

UP AND COMING ASSISTANTS AND COORDINATORS


Bryan Harsin directs the Boise State offense.

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1. Josh Heupel, Oklahoma
2. Justin Wilcox, Boise State
3. Danny Langsdorf, Oregon State
4. Corwin Brown, Notre Dame
5. Bryan Harsin, Boise State
6. Kirby Smart, Alabama

HEAD COACHES IN WAITING

1. Brent Venables, Oklahoma
2. Charlie Strong, Florida
3. Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma
4. Tom Bradley, Penn State
5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn

Brent Venables looks like a future head coach.

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ALL-UNI TEAM: WHAT A COLLEGE TEAM SHOULD LOOK LIKE

Offensive Team Defensive Team
QB – Jake Locker, Washington DE – Carlos Dunlap, Florida
RB – C.J. Spiller, Clemson DE – Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
RB – DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma DT – Jared Odrick, Penn State
RB – Toby Gerhart, Stanford DT – Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
WR – Arrelious Benn, Illinois (captain) LB – Rolando McClain, Alabama
WR – Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati LB – Martez Wilson, Illinois
WR – Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State LB – Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
TE – Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma LB – Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
C – Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State CB – Chykie Brown, Texas
G – Jeff Byers, USC CB – Joe Haden, Florida
G – Mike Johnson, Alabama S – Eric Berry, Tennessee
T – Trent Williams, Oklahoma S – Taylor Mays, USC (captain)
T – Sam Young, Notre Dame  

STUDENT BODY RIGHT: BEST STUDENT SECTIONS


Penn State’s student section roars to the top.

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1. Penn State
2. Florida
3. Oregon
4. LSU
5. Wisconsin
6. Ohio State
7. Notre Dame
8. South Carolina
9. Auburn
10. Michigan
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