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2011 Herbie AWARDS


BORN TO RUN: BEST RUNNING BACKS
1. LaMichael James, Oregon
2. Trent Richardson, Alabama
3. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
4. Edwin Baker, Michigan State
5. Chris Polk, Washington

CATCH A RISING STAR: TOP WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
2. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.
3. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
4. Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
5. Juron Criner, Arizona

QUARTERBACKS: POCKET PRESENCE
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford
2. Matt Barkley, USC
3. Kellen Moore, Boise State
4. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
5. Nick Foles, Arizona

QUARTERBACKS: DUAL-THREAT
1. Denard Robinson, Michigan
2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
3. Darron Thomas, Oregon
4. Dan Persa, Northwestern
5. Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois

RIGHT TO EXCITE: MOST EXCITING PLAYERS
1. LaMichael James, Oregon
2. Greg Reid, Florida State
3. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
4. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
5. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

RODNEY DANGERFIELDS: PLAYERS WHO DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
1. Nick Foles, Arizona
2. Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
3. Michael Thomas, Stanford
4. B.J. Cunningham, Michigan St.
5. Nathan Williams, Ohio State

ALL TOGETHER NOW: BEST POSITION UNIT
1. Oregon RBs
2. Arkansas WRs
3. Florida State secondary
4. Alabama LBs
5. South Carolina DL

SHHHHH, DON'T TELL: BEST-KEPT SECRETS
1. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
2. Luke Kuechly, Boston College
3. Chris Polk, Washington
4. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
5. Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern

HITS KEEP COMING: BIGGEST HITTERS
1. Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
2. Lavonte David, Nebraska
3. Shayne Skov, Stanford
4. Nick Moody, Florida State
5. Kenny Tate, Maryland

FRESH APPROACH: TOP TRUE FRESHMEN
1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
2. Anthony Johnson, LSU
3. Malcolm Brown, Texas
4. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
5. Isaiah Crowell, Georgia

THE ULTIMATE HERBIE
1. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
2. Andrew Luck, Stanford
3. Kellen Moore, Boise State
4. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
5. Emmanuel Acho, Texas

ACC North Carolina Florida State over Virginia Tech
Big 12 Missouri Oklahoma
Big East Rutgers South Florida
Big Ten Northwestern Ohio State over Iowa
Pac-12 UCLA Oregon over UCLA
SEC Florida Alabama over South Carolina
National championship game: Oregon over Alabama



SI.com's 2011 Preseason All-Americas

OFFENSE DEFENSE

QB Andrew Luck
Sr., Stanford
Heisman hopeful passed for 5,913 yards and 45 touchdowns before forgoing the NFL draft.

DE Brandon Jenkins
Jr., Florida State
Racked up 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in 2010, tied for third and fourth in the nation.

RB LaMichael James
Jr., Oregon
Sparkplug rushed for 1,731 yards in 2010, including 257 and three TDs in a rout of Stanford.

DT Jared Crick
Sr., Nebraska
Three-time all conference pick paced the Huskers in sacks (9.5) and TFLs (17) last year.

RB Marcus Lattimore
So., South Carolina
Workhouse tailback burst onto the scene as a freshman, rushing for 17 scores.

DT Billy Winn
Sr., Boise State
Disruptive force notched five tackles, an assisted sack and a forced fumble against VaTech.

WR Justin Blackmon
Jr., Oklahoma State
Biletnikoff winner recorded 2,042 yards and 22 TDs during breakout sophomore season.

DE Quinton Coples
Sr., North Carolina
Carolina native finished 16th in the nation in sacks per game last season and had 10 on the year.

WR Ryan Broyles
Sr., Oklahoma
OU's top target finished with at least 1,100 receiving yards and 14 scores in 2009 and 2010.

LB Vontaze Burfict
Jr., Arizona State
Relentless junior totaled multiple sacks against Wisconsin, Oregon, USC and Stanford.

TE Michael Egnew
Sr., Missouri
Emerged as a top pass-catching tight end in 2010 with 90 catches, 762 yards and five TDs.

LB Luke Kuechly
Jr., Boston College
Consensus All-America ended 2010 with 183 tackles, 20 more than any other player.

T Nate Potter
Sr., Boise State
Two-time All-WAC pick anchors an o-line that surrendered just eight sacks last season.

LB Courtney Upshaw
Sr., Alabama
Had 15 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles in final two games against Auburn and MSU.

G Barrett Jones
Jr., Alabama
Anchors a unit that helped 'Bama backs run for more than 183 yards per game in 2010.

CB Cliff Harris
Jr., Oregon
Lightning-quick corner had six INTs and 17 passes defended in Oregon's 12-1 2010 campaign.



C Mike Brewster
Sr., Ohio State
6-5, 305-pounder was the only junior to be named a Rimington Trophy finalist in 2010
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S Mark Barron
Sr., Alabama
All-SEC safety has accumulated 169 tackles during his illustrious Crimson Tide career.

G David DeCastro
Sr., Stanford
Headlines a line that allowed just 13 sacks since 2009, providing time for QB Luck.

S Harrison Smith
Sr., Notre Dame
Dominated the Sun Bowl against Miami, corralling three INTs in Notre Dame's 33-17 win.

T Riley Reiff
Jr., Iowa
6-6, 305-pounder started every game and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2010.
CB Jayron Hosley
Jr., Virginia Tech
Hauled in an FBS-leading nine picks during his phenomenal 2010 season in Blacksburg.


SPECIAL TEAMS

K Carson Wiggs
Sr., Purdue
Has kicked the four longest field goals in Purdue history: 59, 55, 53 and 52 yards.

KR Eric Page
Jr., Toledo
5-10 speedster sprinted for 871 kick return yards and three TDs in sensational sophomore effort.

P Drew Butler
Sr., Georgia
Former Ray Guy Award winner boasted a 44.5 yards per punt average in 2010.

PR Cliff Harris
Jr., Oregon
Doubling as an explosive return man, Harris had 546 punt return yards and four scores last year.



Gholston bounced out of NFL?
Vernon Gholston, who only last week pinned some of his failings with the Jets on his playing time, is again looking for work. Talking to Bears personnel down at training camp earlier this month, I asked around about [Gholston]. The responses were lukewarm at best. ... Saw it myself just watching one-on-one pass rush at practice. Didn't see explosion off the line or a player that was schooled on using his hands at the point of attack. No question he was an athlete (and a NFL combine talent), but knowing football, I didn't see a player that was going to stick in Chicago. There was something, well, missing. And now we should really wonder if Gholston is done -- for good. Think about for a minute. Gholston has now washed out under Rex Ryan and Lovie Smith.



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