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The 30 Hottest College Athletes

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIOctober 24, 2011

The 30 Hottest College Athletes

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    While they may be unrelenting in their pursuit of perfection on the field, college athletes still feature an innocent aura about them that reeks of media inexperience.

    Before these beautiful athletes turn pro, they are youthful buds with no idea as to their potential on camera.

    As these students train for a promising athletic career, the media find the diamonds in the rough; the beauty beneath the train wreck of societal expectations. It's their beauty that will lead to immortality.

    Here are the 30 hottest college athletes.

    Thank you FratHouseSports for the crucial help.

    Enjoy.

30. Marisa Ruckel

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    This may be the last chance we have to include this Lindsey Wilson College player, considering she was allegedly arrested in a prostitution raid recently.

    While Marisa Ruckel's voluptuous tendencies surely won't help her much in court, her winning smile might be able to sway the male jury members.

29. Katie Ardrey

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    While she may have come off the bench to play in 14 games for the Tar Heels as a Freshman in 2009, the North Carolina forward was evidently too sexy to be a backup.

    In 2010, Katie Ardrey started 24 of 25 games and received the the team's Dawson Family Most Improved Player Award.

    Ardrey may have had a team-high 16 assists and finished fifth on the team with 22 points, but it is her ability to improve the team's sex appeal that is her best asset.

28. Rachel Jennings

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    The University of Virginia midfielder is not only First Team All-South Region and named to the United States U-21 Junior National Team in 2010, but she is also a triplet, whose sisters play collegiate hockey as well.

    While she has clearly mastered her craft on the field, Rachel Jennings is seemingly several iconic photographs away from embracing the camera full time.

    The twinkle in her eye seems to agree with us.

27. Shelby Shipley

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    While her brother continues to fight for receptions on a feisty Cincinnati Bengals team, Shelby Shipley keeps battling for her own spotlight.

    As a sophomore on the Abilene Christian University women's basketball team, this sexy guard may only have averaged 10.1 minutes per game, but she was credited with two blocked shots and eight steals. 

    She has undoubtedly stolen plenty of her fans' hearts as well.

26. Kristin Cummins

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    While this shot of a fembot engaging with a 1970s hipster is quite baffling, albeit sexy, the subjects' glaring smiles tell the story.

    Texas soccer play Kristin Cummins was seemingly tired of the daily soccer uniform and wanted to switch things up a bit.

    Her friend's peace sign is surely meant to calm down Head Coach Chris Petrucelli when he gets a hold of this.

25. Allison Angulo

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    The focus and determination seemingly present on the face of Huskies midfielder Allison Angulo undoubtedly gives her fans confidence in the team and her opponents doubt in themselves.

    While she did start the first 13 games of the season in 2010, Angulo had to sit out the next five due to illness, making the UConn bench easily one of the sexiest in the country.

    She may be an exploratory major who has yet to find her true passion, but her fans are naturally certain as to what they want.

    More photo shoots of this beauty.

24. Lauren Santacroce

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    With her Texas A&M lacrosse profile noting her as an "athletic and aggressive scrapper and fighter," Lauren Santacroce seems like the ideal candidate to land a steady modeling job after she graduates.

    Two thumbs up are undoubtedly her concurrence with the suggestion.

23. Maxine Fluharty

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    While she may have garnered more attention for her prolific field hockey skills so far, Maryland Freshman forward Maxine Fluharty will surely attract plenty of viewers when she removes the thick mouthpiece that populates her pretty face.

    She was named ACC Player of the Week on September 20th and was named to the U.S. Under-21 and Under-19 teams this past summer.

    Fluharty is moments away from stardom.

22. Lauren Purvis

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    Now a sophomore at Penn State University, Lauren Purvis was selected to the US Field Hockey Under-21 team after graduating from Hatboro-Horsham and is now impressing scouts with her angelic aura.

    She can't possibly be contained, as she hovers over her competition.

21. Caroline Doty

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    While she may be on the bench recovering from successful surgery to repair her torn ACL, UConn baller Caroline Doty is still impressing the crowd with her enlightening beauty.

    With two years of eligibility left beginning this year, Doty can now shine for fans on the court as well with her three-point shooting prowess.

    The camera continues to capture the iconic, albeit natural moments of these beautiful athletes.

20. Janelle Davis

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    Despite being a Division II volleyball player, Northwood University's Janelle Davis is managing to garner plenty of attention for her skills on camera.

    Most of the girls outside of Division I sports seem to slip through the cracks of media value, but Davis made herself known.

    Perhaps it was the luck of the Ed Hardy shirt.

19. Lainey Gera

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    While she was named All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention in 2010 after leading the league with 4.92 digs per set, Lainey Gera (left) is seemingly more excited with pleasing the camera than she is with her athletic accomplishments.

    She may be the sexiest volleyball player ever to come through the ranks of UCLA sports.

18. Deja McClendon

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    She may be known for being AVCA Division I National Freshman of the Year, AVCA Second Team All-American and the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player last season, but sophomore Deja McClendon is close to reaching modeling stardom as well.

    It's only a matter of time before the cameras catch on.

17. Lauren Cook

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    Something is cooking beneath the innocent smile, the embracing eyes. A bright future.

    After starting her collegiate career at UCLA, Lauren Cook then moved to the Nebraska Huskers, where she immediately improved the sex appeal of the team.

    Cook was welcomed with open arms, as well as named the 2010 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

16. Kelly Holford

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    As one of five Huskies to appear in all 113 sets during the season in 2010, Washington's Kelly Holford became one of the top servers on the team, as well as arguably the sexiest athlete on campus.

    She may seem cute and innocent, but on the court she is quite fearless.

15. Chanel Brown

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    As a freshman last season, Chanel Brown not only earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors, but the blossoming Florida Gator offered fans a sneak peak into the potential beneath the beauty. 

    She may be dominant on the court, having started 12 games in 2010, but she could be even more domineering on camera.

14. Paige Maxwell

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    With the throng of loyal followers that she undoubtedly gained during her All-American days as a high school star, Paige Maxwell felt inclined to stay close to home, joining the Ohio State women's soccer team as a forward.

    This ride fits her ideally.

13. Rachel Talenfeld

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    Not only does she play for Nova Southeastern, but Rachel Talenfeld clearly has a wild side as well.

    We'd love to know why her school sounds like an intricate lox sandwich and who exactly is taking this picture.

12. Skylar Diggins

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    While she is now a star baller for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, Skylar Diggins had plenty of hype surrounding her when she graduated from high school, where she was a McDonald's All-American.

    Diggins is garnering even more attention now for supposedly being Lil Wayne's crush, as well as for having led her team to the Final Four in March.

    Perhaps she can wean him off the cough syrup.

11. Stephanie Pellitteri

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    It seems that sand volleyball is now an official collegiate sport, as Stephanie Pellitteri (right) became the first known player to commit to an NCAA school on a scholarship for the sport.

    Florida State fans will be in for quite the ride as they get to watch this beauty flaunt her sexy attitude around the sand while she hits numerous volleyballs over the net.

    With two National Championship medals and numerous Gold finishes in both Junior and Adult events, and a part of Club Beach Dig since 2007, she seems more than qualified.

10. Falyn Fonoimoana

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    As a 6'4" outside hitter for the USC volleyball team, Falyn Fonoimoana clearly dominates her opponents with intimidation, size and a gentle smile.

    She was even rumored to have been in a relationship with Lakers 7'0" Center Andrew Bynum.

    It would've been the first time in her life that she had to look up to have a conversation.

9. Lauren Peters

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    Not only does she look eerily similar to Mila Kunis, but this N.C. State utility fielder easily excites fans with her speedy, energetic style of play.

    While she may have hit .229 as a redshirt Sophomore in 2009, Lauren Peters is always perfect with the camera.

8. Mallory Husz

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    Don't be fooled by the naughty bunny ears, Iowa volleyball star Mallory Husz is quite the catch.

    Not only was she academic All-Big Ten as a Junior last year, but she also earned Big Ten's Sportsmanship Award.

    She always plays nice.

7. Margo McAuley

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    While her athletic prowess may not bring the most fan appreciation, her ability to shine in front of the camera certainly makes up for it.

    Seemingly already a model, Florida State soccer beauty Margo McAuley clearly has the moxy and the attitude to excite her fans without moving an inch.

    This is the cliched innocent, albeit sexy look. Typical.

6. Allison Stokke

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    As prolific as this pole vaulter has been on the field since her prep days, Cal's Allison Stokke has always been revered more for her beauty and her accidental photo shoots than her athletic ability.

    She earned MPSF All-Academic (indoors), USTFCCCA All-Academic and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic (outdoors) honors as a Junior in 2010.

    Despite evidently having no idea of the camera's presence, Stokke always produces sexy shots.

5. Whitney Baker

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    After going 9-2 in 17 appearances and a 3.33 ERA as a redshirt sophomore in 2009, Whitney Baker gave UCLA fans plenty to be optimistic about. That was until the star pitcher got the injury bug.

    Now she continues to work her way back, through beauty and toughness.

    She is thoroughly missed.

4. Vanessa Chin

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    Seemingly the new Allison Stokke, UC Davis Senior Vanessa Chin is beginning to see her pictures go viral, with beleaguered fans stoked for a new story.

    With little known about her athletic ability, Chin is undoubtedly close to modeling stardom.

    While Stokke rejected her exposure, it's still there for the taking if Chin wants it.

3. Katie Marshall

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    As a Senior forward on the 2010 Lyon College women's soccer team, Katie Marshall undoubtedly opened more eyes with her beauty than her playing prowess.

    She may not be lighting up the college scene anymore, but we couldn't possibly leave off arguably the sexiest college athlete ever to come through the ranks.

    Modeling is seemingly her next endeavor.

2. Sydney Esiason

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    As a four-time Pro Bowler, former MVP (1988) and the all-time leader in touchdown passes (247), passing yards (37,920) and completions (2,969) for southpaw quarterbacks, former Cincinnati Bengal Boomer Esiason has permanently cemented his name in the sports books.

    But now it seems like his 18-year-old daughter is beginning to garner her own set of fans.

    As a freshman defender on the Boston College Women's Lacrosse Club, Sydney Esiason is opening more than a few set of eyes.

    The media is clearly beginning to catch on.

1. Jonelle Filigno

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    While the United States has Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, Canada has Jonelle Filigno.

    A Rutgers student-athlete, Filigno played for the women's national soccer team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

    It's only a matter of time before she appears on Dancing with the Stars.

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