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Running Backs The Best College Football Players 2011  

Blake Edwards
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The best college football players of 2011 might not all be Heisman Trophy winners like 2011 recipient Robert Griffin III, but each brought something special and valuable to their respective NCAA Football teams. These fine men will be remembered as the top stars of college football for the 2011 season and many will continue their success in the National Football League for years to come.

Many earned individual awards for their performances including Trent Richardson of the Alabam Crimson Tide, who was given the Doak Walker Award as the top running back, Justin Blackmon of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who was selected for the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the top wide reciever, and Tyrann Mathieu of the LSU Tigers, who was honored with the Chuck Bednarik Award as the defensive player of the year.

Others simply played a crucial role in helping their teams find success throughout the season, upset their rivals in a convincing fashion and rise in the BCS standings. Players from the top two teams, the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, were especially outstanding during the season and helped the squads earn a place in the BCS National Championship Game.

But just like only one team of many can win the national title, only one player received the top honor as the best college football player of the season, the Heisman Trophy. Star quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears took home that hardware after a stellar season in which he passed for nearly 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns.

The top college football players from the 2011 season gave their all on the field as they helped their teams achieve great things during the year. But of the hundreds of college football players that suit up each season, these men stood above the rest as the best of the bunch. They may be overshadowed by others as they continue on in their careers but they will always have this season as one to look back upon and be proud of.

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73 33
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Robert Griffin III Quarterback

2
68 32
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Andrew Luck Quarterback

3
71 35
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Trent Richardson Running back

4
56 29
Montee Ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Montee Ball Running back

5
49 29
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

6
47 30
Tyrann Mathieu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Tyrann Mathieu Cornerback

7
40 25
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Courtney Upshaw Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

8
42 30
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Denard Robinson Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

9
37 26
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Justin Blackmon Wide receiver

10
35 28
Morris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Morris Claiborne Cornerback

11
33 27
Case Keenum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Case Keenum Quarterback

12
34 29
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Russell Wilson Quarterback

13
36 33
Kellen Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Kellen Moore Quarterback

14
10 6
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
KirkSaw added Barrett Jones Guard

The Most Underrated College Football Player

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36 36
Matt Barkley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Matt Barkley Quarterback

16
27 26
Ryan Broyles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Ryan Broyles Wide receiver

17
24 23
Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Brandon Weeden Quarterback

18
4 1
Robert Woods is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Robert Woods Wide receiver

19
17 17
Kendall Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Rick1 added Kendall Wright Wide receiver

20
23 26
Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Kirk Cousins Quarterback

21
16 22
Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Luke Kuechly Linebacker

22
4 9
Geno Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
KirkSaw added Geno Smith Quarterback

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11 23
David Amerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011

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9 21
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Devon Still Defensive tackle

25
10 23
Whitney Mercilus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Whitney Mercilus Outside Linebacker

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10 24
Ronnie Hillman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Ronnie Hillman Running back

27
8 24
Jordan White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Jordan White Wide receiver

28
2 23
Brett Roy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Players 2011
Brett Roy Linebacker