- Kirk Herbstreit, College Football analyst
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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
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."
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