- Kirk Herbstreit, College Football analyst
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Editor's note: Check out "The Herbie Awards" airing on ESPN Tuesday at 7:30 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 players to know? Where are the places to be? The 10th 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, but not everyone will agree. That's the beauty of it. Let the second-guessing begin.
So, without further ado, here are the 10th annual Herbie Awards:
RIGHT TO EXCITE: MOST EXCITING PLAYERS
BORN TO RUN: BEST RUNNING BACKS
CATCH A RISING STAR: TOP WIDE RECEIVERS
OFF AND RUNNING: READY TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
RODNEY DANGERFIELDS: PLAYERS WHO DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
FRESH APPROACH: TOP TRUE FRESHMEN
QUARTERBACKS: POCKET PRESENCE
MOST EXPLOSIVE PLAYERS
REMEMBER ME: BEAT THE BANDWAGON
ALL TOGETHER NOW: BEST POSITION UNIT
DRESS FOR SUCCESS: LOOKS THE PART
ALL THE MARBLES: QB WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE
SHOW ME SOME RESPECT: UNDERRATED COACHES
TAPE 'EM UP: ANKLE-BREAKERS
HITS KEEP COMING: BIGGEST HITTERS
NOSE FOR THE BALL: MOST INSTINCTIVE PLAYER
NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN: COMEBACK PLAYER
TOE THE LINE: TOP LINEBACKERS
CORNERING THE MARKET: TOP CORNERBACKS
OFF THE EDGE: BEST DEFENSIVE ENDS
STAGE DIRECTION: TOP PLAYCALLERS
TOP DEFENSIVE MINDS
MOST UNDERVALUED TEAMS
AND THE BAND PLAYED ON: TOP STUDENT BANDS
STAY IN SCHOOL: TOP STUDENT SECTIONS
FAVORITE UNIFORMS (after the scarlet-and-gray of Ohio State, of course)
CANDID COACHES (arranged alphabetically)
BULL DURHAM COACHES: GREAT COACHES WHO PLAY IT CLOSE TO THE VEST
FREQUENT FLIERS: BEST/WORST AIRPORTS
TEAMS ON THE MOVE
ALL-UNI TEAM: WHAT A COLLEGE TEAM SHOULD LOOK LIKE
BCS CONFERENCE PICKS
National championship game: Ohio State over Oklahoma
Kirk Herbstreit is an analyst on ESPN's "College GameDay."
The Herbie Awards celebrate the best players, fans and more in college football. See who picked up some hardware this year.