25 most interesting people in CFB

Updated: August 25, 2014, 2:55 PM ET
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com

Chuckie KeetonAP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezUtah State QB Chuckie Keeton is pointing toward making a big move in the opener against Tennessee.

Beginning on Aug. 3, we're counting down the days until the college football season starts with a look at the 25 most interesting people in the sport.


Chuckie Keeton, Utah State QB
After missing the second half of last season with a knee injury, Keeton is ready to make a big move this season and has been preparing by juking everyone from defenders to teammates to random people at the mall.

Patrick Amara, Pitt safety
Amara didn't grow up with much stability but persevered to earn a scholarship and a potential starting spot on Pitt's defense.

Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech coach
These are dark times by Virginia Tech's lofty standards, but Frank Beamer has never been happier. Beamer doesn't see a program in the final stages of a doomed dynasty, despite the program's recent struggles.

Craig Bohl, Wyoming coach
Bohl might have always been destined for Wyoming. And now that he's finally there after 11 seasons leading North Dakota State, it's hard to think of the old-school, pickup-driving coach anywhere else.

Leonard Fournette, LSU running back
LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette arrived on campus with a ton of hype -- along with some Adrian Peterson comparisons -- and he's ready to live up to all the lofty expectations.

Everett Golson, Notre Dame quarterback
After Everett Golson was banned from Notre Dame last May, he vowed he would return. The road back took him to Chicago and California, but he eventually accomplished his mission.

Bryan Harsin, Boise State coach
After being gone for three years, Harsin learned there is no place like home. Now the former Broncos QB and offensive coordinator returns as the new head coach more confident than ever in the Boise State way.

Trevor Knight, Oklahoma quarterback
Oklahoma's playoff hopes are riding on Knight, who lost his starting job early last season and has started and finished just three games in his career. But can he prove he's more than a one-hit wonder after a stellar Sugar Bowl against Alabama?

Marcus Mariota, Oregon quarterback
Amid Heisman hype, athletic departments are supporting elite players like Oregon QB Marcus Mariota as together they learn the art of the stiff-arm.

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt coach
Mason arrives at Vanderbilt with the stated goal of turning the Commodores into SEC and national title contenders. It sounds unrealistic, but everything about Mason's career climb has been about beating the odds.

Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss defensive tackle
After dealing with massive hype and an up-and-down season after arriving at Ole Miss as the nation's No. 1 recruit, Nkemdiche is ready for a big year.

Bo Pelini, Nebraska coach
Suddenly, everyone can't get enough of Bo Pelini. He's gone viral by bringing a cat to the spring game and modeling new uniforms. He's embraced a parody Twitter account and opened up to the media. Funny part is Pelini, his coaches and players say this is nothing new. It's just that now he's letting everyone else see this side of him, too.

Bobby Petrino, Louisville coach
For years Bobby Petrino couldn't call Tom Jurich a friend, but because the Louisville athletic director picked up the phone when Petrino needed him in 2012, the coach has a second chance.

Bryce Petty, Baylor quarterback
Petty was nearly perfect last season in leading Baylor to a Big 12 title. But a light-hearted investigation reveals his true flaws.

Charlie Strong, Texas coach
How does Strong plan to revive a storied program in the nation's biggest fishbowl? By hooking the top recruits, shooting straight and taking no bull.

Jameis Winston, Florida State quarterback
Going into his sophomore season, everyone has made up their minds about who Jameis Winston is, but he hasn't changed.

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M coach
As he prepares to replace Johnny Manziel, Kevin Sumlin can draw on his history of working with great quarterbacks as he gets ready to make his decision.

Braxton Miller, Ohio St. QB
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has already won plenty of individual awards, but he came back to Columbus with a bigger goal in mind.

Rich Rodriguez, Arizona coach
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is still looking for a long-term answer at quarterback, and he's not thrilled with what he's seen so far.

Travis Wilson, Utah QB
After doctors cleared him to play, Travis Wilson was set to resume his duties as Utah's starting quarterback. Can he provide some consistency at that position for the Utes?

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