The 10 Most Dominant Defenders Heading into the 2014 College Football Season

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The 10 Most Dominant Defenders Heading into the 2014 College Football Season
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It's not hard to spot a dominant defensive player in college football. Just watch for the looks of fear all focused in one direction.

Though the jersey is the same style and color as the rest of his teammates, there's a certain aura around a stud defender. No matter where it's found on the field, dominance can be seen even before the snap. There are 11 defenders waiting to react to the hike, but the dominators are so ready it's like they know the play before it's been called.

And sure enough, the whistle blows and there they are, making the sack, the tackle for loss and disrupting the pass play, maybe even hauling it in themselves. And if the ball comes loose, odds are they'll be involved in knocking it out or scooping it up.

Defense isn't appreciated nearly as much as offense is in college, but we do love our dominant defenders. So do NFL teams, which was why Jadeveon Clowney was the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft and half of the first-round selections don't generate offensive stats.

As we creep slowly but surely toward the 2014 season, here's a look at college football's most dominant players heading into the fall.

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