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10th annual Herbie Awards

8/30/2010 - College Football

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

QUARTERBACKS: DUAL-THREAT

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

ULTIMATE GAME-CHANGER

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

BEST RESTAURANTS

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-HERBIE TEAM

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."