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11th annual Herbie Awards

8/20/2012 - College Football

Editor's note: Check out "The Herbie Awards" airing on ESPN on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

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 names and faces you need to know? The 11th 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 and everything else that's great about college football. Herbies are given to the best college football players, coaches and teams across the nation.

Also, this is just my list. These are my choices, but not everyone will agree. That's the beauty of it. Let the second-guessing begin.

So, without further ado, here are the 11th annual Herbie Awards:

BORN TO RUN: BEST RUNNING BACKS

CATCH A RISING STAR: TOP WIDE RECEIVERS

QUARTERBACKS: POCKET PRESENCE

QUARTERBACKS: DUAL-THREAT

RIGHT TO EXCITE: MOST EXCITING PLAYERS

RODNEY DANGERFIELDS: PLAYERS WHO DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT

ALL TOGETHER NOW: BEST POSITION UNIT

SHHHHH, DON'T TELL: BEST-KEPT SECRETS

HITS KEEP COMING: BIGGEST HITTERS

TAKE NOTES: NAMES YOU'LL KNOW BY OCTOBER

DRESS FOR SUCCESS: LOOKS THE PART

START YOUR ENGINES: HIGH MOTOR MEN

TOP OFFENSIVE MINDS

TOP DEFENSIVE MINDS

FRESH APPROACH: TOP TRUE FRESHMEN

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

INSTANT IMPACT: IMPACTFUL COORDINATOR HIRES

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR: COLLEGE HEAD COACHES IN 2012

SHOW ME SOME RESPECT: UNDERRATED COACHES

ALL EYES ON THE QB: BEST PASS-RUSHERS

THE ULTIMATE HERBIE

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

BCS CONFERENCE PICKS

National championship game: Oregon over Alabama

Kirk Herbstreit is an analyst on ESPN's "College GameDay."