Ninth Annual Herbie Awards

Originally Published: August 31, 2009
By Kirk Herbstreit | ESPN

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 players to know? Where are the places to be? The ninth 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, the student sections that roar and everything else that's great about college football. Herbies are given to the best college football players, coaches, teams and fans across the nation.

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

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

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

Kirk Herbstreit

College Football analyst
Kirk Herbstreit has been an ESPN college football studio analyst since August 1996. Herbstreit, who joined ESPN in September 1995 as a college football sideline analyst for ESPN2, is also a game analyst for ESPN's Thursday night college football telecasts.