College football is right around the corner and fortunately for all of us, there is no way it could ever be locked out, so it is with great anticipation that we here at Bleacher Report are looking forward to the 2011 college football season.
Anybody who follows college football knows that with the preseason comes an effort to look ahead, and that effort almost always entails rankings.
We rank everything from the top 25 teams, to the best players at each position. Heck, we’ve even ranked the best and worst team mascots!
The football adage that defense wins championships is going to be the main focus of this preseason ranking.
The world of college football lost a great deal of incredible defensive players to the NFL, but that doesn’t mean defense will be null and void in 2011.
There is a good crop of new players ready to step in and be the best defensive stoppers in the land.
Here is a preseason ranking of the top 10 defensive players of the 2011 college football season: