College Football 2011: Silas Redd of Penn State and 4 Other Players to Know

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College Football 2011: Silas Redd of Penn State and 4 Other Players to Know
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Silas Redd toting the rock for Penn State

The haze of the summer months has just struck the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, yet everywhere I turn, someone has a list of college football players that everyone needs to know of in 2011.

The funny thing is, no one is mentioning the five guys I am about to highlight. Simply put, Cam Newton was a name to know last year, yet no one—I repeat, no one—had him as a Heisman candidate in June.

The reason is that no one really does much other than recycle other writers' perspectives. This is no knock on any other writer, but it is the truth. Be it at Bleacher Report or at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, when someone writes something, another person will come out with something similar if they find it inspiring.

In regard to college football, I consider this part of nature. After all, we all have to start somewhere.

But if you are looking for players to watch in 2011, you must start here. From Penn State's Silas Redd to Arizona State's Brock Osweiler, here are the five names you must know as you continue to prepare for the 2011 college football season.

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