College Football Conference Rankings: Top Players at Every Position

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IAugust 28, 2010

College Football Conference Rankings: Top Players at Every Position

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    Iowa DE Adrian ClaybornDoug Benc/Getty Images

    Here we are fans, another exciting and fast paced season of college football will be upon us in a few days. We can finally lay the months of speculation to rest and let the real winners do the talking with their play.

    The college game is full of some extremely talented players at pretty much every position this season.

    If you were wondering which players are truly the best—then this list is for you. Here’s a look at the college football players that I feel will be the elite at their position in 2010.

Quarterbacks

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    Ohio State QB Terrelle PryorStephen Dunn/Getty Images

    ACC: Christian Ponder: Florida State

    Big East: B.J. Daniels: South Florida

    Big Ten: Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State

    Big 12: Jerrod Johnson: Texas A&M

    Pac 10: Andrew Luck: Stanford

    SEC: Ryan Mallett: Arkansas

    Conference USA: G.J. Kinne: Tulsa

    MAC: Zac Dysert: Miami-Ohio

    Mountain West: Jordan Wynn: Utah

    Sun Belt: Jeff Van Camp: Florida Atlantic

    WAC: Kellen Moore: Boise State

Running Backs

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    Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    ACC: Montel Harris: Boston College

    Big East: Victor Anderson: Louisville

    Big Ten: Mikel Leshoure: Illinois

    Big 12: Daniel Thomas: Kansas State

    Pac 10: Quizz Rodgers: Oregon State

    SEC: Trent Richardson: Alabama

    Conference USA: Sam McGuffie: Rice

    MAC: Bernard Pierce: Temple

    Mountain West: Matthew Tucker: TCU

    Sun Belt: Bobby Rainey: Western Kentucky

    WAC: Robbie Rouse: Fresno State

Wide Receivers

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    PITT WR Jonathan BaldwinJared Wickerham/Getty Images

    ACC: Travis Benjamin: Miami

    Big East: Jonathan Baldwin: PITT

    Big Ten: Damarlo Belcher: Indiana

    Big 12: Ryan Broyles: Oklahoma

    Pac 10: Chris Owusu: Stanford

    SEC: Greg Childs: Arkansas

    Conference USA: Damaris Johnson: Tulsa

    MAC: Eric Page: Toledo

    Mountain West: Phillip Payne: UNLV

    Sun Belt: Jamaal Jackson: North Texas

    WAC: Phillip Livas: Louisiana Tech

Tight Ends

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    Tennessee TE Luke StockerAndy Lyons/Getty Images

    ACC: Dwayne Allen: Clemson

    Big East: DC Jefferson: Rutgers

    Big Ten: Drake Dunsmore: Northwestern

    Big 12: Andrew Jones: Missouri

    Pac 10: Anthony Miller: CAL

    SEC: Luke Stocker: Tennessee

    Conference USA: Jeffery Anderson: UAB

    MAC: Jordan Thompson: Ohio

    Mountain West: Eric Peitz: Colorado State

    Sun Belt: Ladarius Green: Louisiana

    WAC: Virgil Green: Nevada

Offensive Tackles

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    Wisconsin OT Gabe CarimiAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images

    ACC: Anthony Castonzo: Boston College

    Big East: Jason Pinkston: PITT

    Big Ten: Gabe Carimi: Wisconsin

    Big 12: Tanner Hawkinson: Kansas

    Pac 10: Jonathan Martin: Stanford

    SEC: Joseph Barksdale: LSU

    Conference USA: Jah Reid: Central Florida

    MAC: Anthony Parker: Western Michigan

    Mountain West: Matt Reynolds: BYU

    Sun Belt: James Brown: Troy

    WAC: Rob McGill: Louisiana Tech

Interior Linemen

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    Ohio State OG Justin BorenJamie Sabau/Getty Images

    ACC: Sean Bedford: Georgia Tech

    Big East: Zach Hurd: UCONN

    Big Ten: Justin Boren: Ohio State

    Big 12: Ryan Miller: Colorado

    Pac 10: David DeCastro: Stanford

    SEC: Mike Pouncey: Florida

    Conference USA: Dominik Riley: Memphis

    MAC: Colin Miller: Central Michigan

    Mountain West: Kelvin Drake: North Texas

    Sun Belt: Tyler Clark: Troy

    WAC: Nate Potter: Boise State

Defensive Tackles

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    Florida DT Jaye HowardMarc Serota/Getty Images

    ACC: Marvin Austin: North Carolina

    Big East: Myles Caragein: PITT

    Big Ten: Jerel Worthy: Michigan State

    Big 12: Phil Taylor: Baylor

    Pac 10: Stephen Paea: Oregon State

    SEC: Jaye Howard: Florida

    Conference USA: Michael Janac: Marshall

    MAC: Almondo Sewell: Akron

    Mountain West: Cory Grant: TCU

    Sun Belt: Shavod Atkinson: North Texas

    WAC: Billy Winn: Boise State

Defensive Ends

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    USC DE Armond ArmsteadStephen Dunn/Getty Images

    ACC: Allen Bailey: Miami

    Big East: Julian Miller: West Virginia

    Big Ten: Adrian Clayborn: Iowa

    Big 12: Aldon Smith: Missouri

    Pac 10: Armond Armstead: USC

    SEC: Marcell Dareus: Alabama

    Conference USA: Cheta Ozougwu: Rice

    MAC: Adrian Robinson: Temple

    Mountain West: Jon Rainey: New Mexico

    Sun Belt: Jamari Lattimore: Middle Tennessee State

    WAC: Dontay Moch: Nevada

Inside Linebackers

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    Illinois ILB Martez WilsonDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

    ACC: Brad Jefferson: Georgia Tech

    Big East: Sam Barrington: South Florida

    Big Ten: Martez Wilson: Illinois

    Big 12: Garrick Williams: Texas A&M

    Pac 10: Shayne Skov: Stanford

    SEC: Dont’a Hightower: Alabama

    Conference USA: Korey Williams: Southern Miss

    MAC: Cobrani Mixon: Kent State

    Mountain West: Tank Carder: TCU

    Sun Belt: Demario Davis: Arkansas State

    WAC: James-Michael Johnson: Nevada

Outside Linebackers

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    Georgia OLB Justin HoustonKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    ACC: Nigel Bradham: Florida State

    Big East: Doug Hogue: Syracuse

    Big Ten: Brian Rolle: Ohio State

    Big 12: Travis Lewis: Oklahoma

    Pac 10: Akeem Ayers: UCLA

    SEC: Justin Houston: Georgia

    Conference USA: Lawrence Young: Central Florida

    MAC: Amara Kamara: Temple

    Mountain West: Michyl Sisson: Colorado State

    Sun Belt: Craig Robertson: North Texas

    WAC: Bobby Wagner: Utah State

Cornerbacks

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    LSU CB Patrick PetersonDave Martin/Getty Images

    ACC: Brandon Harris: Miami

    Big East: Brandon Hogan: West Virginia

    Big Ten: Shaun Prater: Iowa

    Big 12: Curtis Brown: Texas

    Pac 10: Omar Bolden: Arizona State

    SEC: Patrick Peterson: LSU

    Conference USA: Josh Robinson: Central Florida

    MAC: Brandon Stephens: Miami-Ohio

    Mountain West: Anthony Wright: Air Force

    Sun Belt: Anthony Gaitor: Florida International

    WAC: Lametrius Davis: Hawaii

Safeties

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    Iowa S Tyler SashDoug Benc/Getty Images

    ACC: Deunta Williams: North Carolina

    Big East: Robert Sands: West Virginia

    Big Ten: Tyler Sash: Iowa

    Big 12: Jasper Simmons: Missouri

    Pac 10: Rahim Moore: UCLA

    SEC: Mark Barron: Alabama

    Conference USA: Hiram Atwater: UAB

    MAC: Jaiquawn Jarrett: Temple

    Mountain West: Shamiel Gary: Wyoming

    Sun Belt: Jeremy Kellem: Middle Tennessee

    WAC: Jerron Johnson: Boise State

Top Overall Difference Makers

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    Alabama LB Dont'a HightowerDoug Benc/Getty Images

    ACC: Robert Quinn: North Carolina

    Big East: Tavon Austin: West Virginia

    Big Ten: Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State

    Big 12: Aldon Smith: Missouri

    Pac 10: Jake Locker: Washington

    SEC: Dont’a Hightower: Alabama

    Conference USA: DeAndre Brown: Southern Miss

    MAC: Adrian Robinson: Temple

    Mountain West: Phillip Payne: UNLV

    Sun Belt: Dwight Dasher: Middle Tennessee State

    WAC: Phillip Livas: Louisiana Tech