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2009 College Football Top 25: Post Spring
(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter

Now that Spring Practice is basically over and we head into the wait for summer practices to begin, I thought I would rank my top 25 teams and then provide some in depth looks at them.

I also added my teams that I had ranked between 26 and 50.

So I have ranked the teams and then provided a bunch of categories on both offense and defense and chosen a player that fits in that role the best for their team.

First I want to clarify all of the categories in case people don't understand what I mean by them. All seven of these categories are applied to each team's offense and defense.

The first category is the "Star" category. For a few teams, such as Oklahoma State, there were guys that were equal as the stars of their team so they share this category. So some teams may have two players in this category.

The second category is the "Underrated" category. Some of the guys here may get attention but it is really the guys who don't get enough attention or acclaim nationally for how good they are.

Those of you that follow each team very closely may not agree with underrated but that is because you are a big fan of that team and hear about this player all the time.

The third category is "Biggest Shoes to Fill" and this is basically the guy that has left from last year's team that will be hardest for the team to replace their production.

The fourth category is "Breakout Candidate", which is basically the guy who may have had some impact last year and been one of the better players on their team but I feel that this year they will put up really big numbers and get a lot of national attention.

The fifth category is "Newcomer to Watch", which is basically what it says. It is the player that is new to the team, whether they be a true freshman or JUCO recruit. This player is the one who could really have a huge impact on the team's success.

The sixth category is "Trench Warrior" which is basically the teams top lineman, the guy who wins those critical battles up front.

I felt I had to add a category for lineman, especially on offense since most lineman won't be the stars of their teams.

The seventh and final category is "Future NFL Star". I felt this was an interesting one since a lot of teams star players, like Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy may not be the best draft prospect on their team.

So I designed a category to look at each team's best NFL prospect on the offensive and defensive sides.

This is the one category that I decided that I would repeat players as some of the teams just did not have players that were the top NFL talent other than the guys I had already picked for other categories.

I also tried to make sure no player was repeated. This was tough and there were a few teams it couldn't be done but most of the time the only way a player is repeated is if they are in the "Future NFL Star" category.

After all of those categories for both sides of the ball, I have one category that applies to the team as a whole and that is the "Team's Biggest Question" heading into the year.

There are no lengthy paragraphs explaining each team and why I picked them, that will come in a later edition.

So feel free to comment and disagree with a player I picked for a role or the ranking I have for a team.

I know it is long but it is more a list at each slide instead of a few paragraphs which I am hoping makes it easier to read. So here it is, enjoy.

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