College Football 2011: 25 'Off the Beaten Path' Players You Need to Know

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College Football 2011: 25 'Off the Beaten Path' Players You Need to Know
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In 2009, I wrote that "It is imperative to know that there is more to college football than Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, and Colt McCoy." That was the year I introduced to all the bleacher creature's the likes of Kellen Moore, Shane Vereen, Dexter McCluster, Golden Tate, Jerry Hughes and Chris Marve.

Establishing a strangle-hold on which college football players are primed to break out isn't easy.

For the first time since 1999, The "Off the Beaten Path" series is back to highlight the 25 college football players you need to know for the 2011 season. There is more to college football than Landry Jones, Trent Richardson, and LaMichael James.

Each season gift-wraps us pleasant surprises that help change the landscape of the college football realm.

In 2010, a junior college-transfer by the name of Cameron Newton swept everybody off of their feet as he took the Auburn Tigers to a BCS National Championship victory while toting the Heisman Trophy in his back pocket.

Who could possibly top that? No one might but there are 25 players who could break out in similar fashion.

Who will rekindle the flames that burn for all of those unheralded college football players in 2011?

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