Now that the 2009 NFL Draft is in the books, it's time to get back to talking actual football again.
I know all of the "draftnicks" and gurus are already digging through their notes as to where players are projected for the 2010 draft and if that's their thing, we'll leave it to them until next year.
Over at The Sports Chat Place and The College Football Place we're just going back to what we do and enjoy the most, talking about actually playing the sports. And while over the past year we've added several awesome writers (and of course we're always looking for new talent), my true love is still college football and I'm chomping at the bit to get the season started.
While we've lost some of the great players in the game, we have a lot to look forward to and a lot of returning talent. While I'm not predicting who is going to be in next year's draft and I'm not even sure I have the order right, here are 32 players I'm looking forward to seeing play our game this season who will keep our game special once again.
1. Tim Tebow, Florida
The poster child for all that is right in college football and sports and heart and guts to match. He's so good all this is coming from a Miami fan.
2. Colt McCoy, Texas
Shook the tag of inconsistent and choker all in the same year and became a leader and a star. A Heisman Trophy front runner.
3. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
The Heisman winner returns to give it another run at the BCS Championship. I think Sooner fans would settle for any BCS Bowl game win.
4. Terrance Cody, Alabama
A dominating Defensive Tackle is the most valuable thing in all of football. No, his agent didn't pay me to say that.
5. George Selvie, South Florida
The secret that was Selvie was out of the bag last year and it showed in double and triple teams. This year he may just be a man among boys.
6. Brandon Spikes, Florida
I have Spikes as sixth on this list. I'm sure the Gators fans will find something not to like about that.
7. Robert Griffin, Baylor
A track star and hurdler who plays QB like a hurdler. Everyone knows all they have to do is stop him. Easier said than done.
8. Terelle Pryor, Ohio State
A full season and a full spring under his belt. Going to be scary good.
9. Eric Berry, Tennessee
Not too many Wide Receivers are going to be excited about going over the middle against the Vols this year.
10. Noel Devine, West Virginia
Maybe the Mountaineers get a chance to sneak up on people.
11. Joe McKnight, USC
The Trojans will have a new signal caller. Probably going to really be looking to the ground game.
12. Juice Williams, Illinois
Along with team mate Arellious Benn, they are going to be a formidable combination.
13. Jerry Hughes, TCU
Everyone knows I'm a sucker for a defender who destroys game plans.
14. Max Hall, BYU
He's going to be better than last year. Bad news for Mountain West defenses.
15. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
I took some major heat for not having him on my Heisman hopefuls list.
16. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
Excitement every time he gets the ball. Very tough to game plan against.
17. Greg Hardy, Ole Miss
Another guy who gives Offensive Coordinators nightmares.
18. C.J. Spiller, Clemson
Should be fun to watch and the focus of the offense.
19. Sean Spence, Miami
We could have put Marcus Robinson, Arthur Brown, Marcus Forston, Aldarius Johnson, etc. Miami is going to have a ton of returning talent.
20. Taylor Mays, USC
This is going to be one of the best years to see safties play in college football for quite some time.
21. Tony Pike, Cincinnati
Thanks to Brett Favre, everyone loves a QB who's tough as nails.
22. Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
Another great Defensive Tackle for the Sooners.
23. Jahvid Best, California
Can take it to the house on every play.
24. Jake Locker, Washington
Way under rated.
25. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss
That's two Rebels Ole Miss fans. I'm sure you'll still have something you aren't happy about.
26. Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys could be decent again.
27. Rennie Curran, Georgia
SEC fans already know about this guy.
28. Charles Scott, LSU
One of those guys who seems like he has been there forever.
29. Brandon Lang, Troy
Troy was one of our teams last year and Lang is one of our guys.
30. Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
With Reesing back as QB, the Jayhawks should be pretty tough on offense.
31. Jordan Shipley, Texas
I wonder if Shipely and McCoy play in the NFL together as well.
32. Mikell Simpson, Virginia
Was a key player two years back when the Cavs went on the run.
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