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Joe Schad's 2010 Top 100 College Football Players To Watch

3/3/2010

Now that Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy have left for the NFL, three new quarterbacks are getting ready to take center-stage at Florida (John Brantley), Oklahoma (Landry Jones) and Texas (Garrett Gilbert). So which players will generate the hype on Saturday afternoons this fall? ESPN's Joe Schad ranked the top 100 players whose names you need to know.

No surprise, Alabama has 7 of the top 100 players - highlighted by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram (#3) and wide receiver sensation Julio Jones (#8). Landry Jones (#31) and the Oklahoma Sooners have 6 and both Florida and North Carolina have 4 players who cracked the list.

RANK PLAYER SCHOOL POSITION

1 Ryan Mallett Arkansas QB

2 Jake Locker Washington QB

3 Mark Ingram Alabama RB - (Reigning Heisman Trophy Winner)

4 Terrelle Pryor Ohio State QB

5 Tyrod Taylor Virginia Tech QB

6 Kellen Moore Boise State QB

7 Robert Griffin III Baylor QB

8 Julio Jones Alabama WR

9 Dion Lewis Pittsburgh RB

10 Ryan Williams Virginia Tech RB

11 A.J. Green Georgia WR

12 Michael Floyd Notre Dame WR

13 Noel Devine West Virginia RB

14 Mark Herzlich Boston College LB

15 Greg Romeus Pittsburgh DE

16 Marvin Austin North Carolina DT

17 Greg Jones Michigan State LB

18 Matt Barkley USC QB

19 John Brantley Florida QB

20 Patrick Peterson LSU DB

21 Luke Kuechly Boston College LB

22 Case Keenum Houston QB

23 Christian Ponder Florida State QB

24 Jacory Harris Miami QB

25 Von Miller Texas A&M LB

26 LaMichael James Oregon RB

27 Garrett Gilbert Texas QB

28 Andrew Luck Stanford QB

29 Jeremiah Masoli Oregon QB

30 Jared Crick Nebraska DT

31 Landry Jones Oklahoma QB

32 Manti Te'o Notre Dame LB

33 John Clay Wisconsin RB

34 Jonathan Baldwin Pittsburgh WR

35 Stephon Gilmore South Carolina DB

36 Trent Richardson Alabama RB

37 Ryan Broyles Oklahoma WR

38 Chris Galippo USC LB

39 Vontaze Burfict Arizona State LB

40 Blaine Gabbert Missouri QB

41 DeAndre Brown Southern Miss WR

42 DeMarco Murray Oklahoma RB

43 Marcell Dareus Alabama DE

44 Jerrod Johnson Texas A&M QB

45 Evan Royster Penn State RB

46 Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon State RB

47 Dayne Crist Notre Dame QB

48 Alshon Jeffrey South Carolina WR

49 Travis Lewis Oklahoma LB

50 Russell Wilson NC State QB

51 Zach Collaros Cincinnati QB

52 Quan Sturdivant North Carolina LB

53 Bruce Carter North Carolina LB

54 Andre Debose Florida WR

55 Christine Michael Texas A&M RB

56 Rahim Moore UCLA DB

57 Allen Bradford USC RB

58 Aaron Murray Georgia QB

59 Cam Heyward Ohio State DT

60 DeAndre McDaniel Clemson DB

61 Jeremy Beal Oklahoma DE

62 Mohamed Sanu Rutgers WR

63 Bernard Pierce Temple RB

64 Allen Bailey Miami DE

65 Anthony Allen Georgia Tech RB

66 Jordan Wynn Utah QB

67 Bryce Brown Tennessee RB

68 Tate Forcier Michigan QB

69 Ronell Lewis Oklahoma LB

70 Aldon Smith Missouri DE

71 Donta' Hightower Alabama LB

72 Ray Ray Armstrong Miami DB

73 Shane Vereen California RB

74 Michael Mauti Penn State LB

75 Nate Irving NC State LB

76 Dre Kirkpatrick Alabama DB

77 Janoris Jenkins Florida DB

78 Stephen Paea Oregon State DT

79 Daniel Thomas Kansas State RB

80 Josh Nesbitt Georgia Tech QB

81 Kendall Hunter Oklahoma State RB

82 Juron Criner Arizona WR

83 Tyler Sash Iowa DB

84 Sam Acho Texas DE

85 Mark Barron Alabama DB

86 James Rodgers Oregon State WR

87 Akeem Ayers UCLA LB

88 Chris Rainey Florida RB

89 DaQuan Bowers Clemson DE

90 Adrian Clayborn Iowa DE

91 Andy Dalton TCU QB

92 Kyle Rudolph Notre Dame TE

93 Jewel Hampton Iowa RB

94 Russell Sheppard LSU WR

95 Vidal Hazelton Cincinnati WR

96 Brandon Saine Ohio State RB

97 Brandon Weeden Oklahoma State QB

98 Titus Young Boise State WR

99 Deunta Williams North Carolina DB

100 Greg Salas Hawaii WR

Top 100 Breakdown By Position:

QB--------26

RB--------21

LB--------15

WR-------15

DB--------10

DE--------8

DT--------4

TE--------1