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100 Best Returning Players Of 2009
LSU OT Ciron Black
LSU OT Ciron Black
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 16, 2009


Now that the early entry deadline is gone, who are the best returning players in college football? Based on how good they should be going into the season, and not on pro potential, here are the big stars coming into the year both overall and at their respective positions.

2009 Pre-preseason - The 100 Best Players

The best returning players of 2009


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The 2009 Early Entries


*Note: Classes are based on the 2008 season

100. RB Victor Anderson, Fr. Louisville
99. LB Cardia Jackson, Jr. ULM
98. RB Noel Devine, Soph. West Virginia
97. RB Curtis Steele, Jr. Memphis
96. LB Pat Angerer, Jr. Iowa
95. RB Reggie Arnold, Jr. Arkansas State
94. QB Tim Hiller, Jr. Western Michigan
93. RB Vai Taua, Soph. Nevada
92. QB Trevor Vittatoe, Soph. UTEP
91. DE Jason Worilds, Soph. Virginia Tech
90. WR Naaman Roosevelt, Jr. Buffalo
89. LB Alex Wujciak, Soph. Maryland
88. DE Jared Odrick, Jr. Penn State
87. DE Corey Wootton, Jr. Northwestern
86. LB Micah Johnson, Jr. Kentucky
85. WR Jordan Shipley, WR Texas
84. DE Brandon Lang, Jr. Troy
83. RB Da’Rel Scott, Soph. Maryland
82. CB Jairus Byrd, Jr. Oregon
81. RB James Starks, Soph. Buffalo
80. LB Ryan D’Imperio, Jr. Rutgers
79. DE Robert Ayers, Jr. Tennessee
78. LB Patrick Benoist, Jr. Vanderbilt
77. WR Dezmon Briscoe, Soph. Kansas
76. CB Alterraun Verner, Jr. UCLA
75. DE Greg Romeus, Soph. Pitt
74. RB Evan Royster, Jr. Penn State
73. CB Syd’Quan Thompson, Jr. California
72. RB Chris Brown, Jr. Oklahoma
71. QB Jevan Snead, Soph. Ole Miss
70. LB Rolando McClain, Soph. Alabama
69. QB Russell Wilson, Fr. NC State
68. WR Mardy Gilyard, Soph. Cincinnati
67. S Morgan Burnett, Soph. Georgia Tech
66. RB Toby Gerhart, Jr. Stanford
65. QB Rusty Smith, Jr. Florida Atlantic
64. DE Brandon Graham, Jr. Michigan
63. DE Jan Jorgensen, Jr. BYU
62. TE Rob Gronkowski, Soph. Arizona
61. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Soph. Georgia Tech
60. TE Garrett Graham, Jr. Wisconsin
59. LB Sergio Kindle, Jr. Texas
58. QB Jeremiah Masoli, Soph. Oregon
57. RB MiQuale Lewis, Jr. Ball State
56. QB Tyrod Taylor, Soph. Virginia Tech
55. DE Alex Carrington, Jr. Arkansas State
54. CB Kyle Wilson, Jr. Boise State
53. QB Zac Robinson, Jr. Oklahoma State
52. WR Eric Decker, Jr. Minnesota
51. DE Antonio Coleman, Jr. Auburn
50  LB Joe Pawelek, Jr. Baylor
49. RB DeMarco Murray, Soph. Oklahoma

48. RB LeGarrette Blount, Jr. Oregon
47. LB Travis Lewis, Fr. Oklahoma
46. RB Damion Fletcher, Jr. Southern Miss
45. OT Ciron Black, Jr. LSU
44. DE Jammie Kirlew, Jr. Indiana
43. RB Charles Scott, Jr. LSU
42. WR A.J. Green, Fr. Georgia
41. QB Max Hall, Jr. BYU
40. WR Julio Jones, Fr. Alabama
39. QB Robert Griffin, Fr. Baylor
38. WR Arrelious Benn, Jr. Illinois

37. QB Kellen Moore, RFr. Boise State
36. CB Joe Haden, Soph. Florida
35. QB Juice Williams, Jr. Illinois
34. DT Brian Price, Soph. UCLA
33. RB Darren Evans, Fr. Virginia Tech.
32. QB Terrelle Pryor, Fr. Ohio State
31. CB Trevard Lindley, Jr. Kentucky
30. DT Ndamukong Suh, Jr. Nebraska
29. LB Rennie Curran, Soph. Georgia
28. LB Greg Jones, Soph. Michigan St
27. QB Daryll Clark, Sr. Penn State
26. RB Kendal Hunter, Soph. Oklahoma State
25. QB Colin Kaepernick, Soph. Nevada
24. LB Mark Herzlich, Jr. BC
23. QB Dan LeFevour, Jr. Central Michigan
22. RB C.J. Spiller, Jr. Clem.
21. LB Navarro Bowman, Soph. Penn St
20. RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Fr. Oregon State
19. OT Trent Williams, Jr. Oklahoma
18. DE George Selvie, Jr. USF
17. OT Russell Okung, Jr. OSU 

16. LB Sean Weatherspoon, Jr. Missouri
15. DT
Terrence Cody, Jr. Alabama
14. QB Case Keenum, Soph. Houston
13. LB Eric Norwood, Jr. South Carolina
12. TE Jermaine Gresham, Jr. Oklahoma
11. DE Greg Hardy, Jr. Ole Miss
10. DE Jerry Hughes, Jr. TCU
9. QB Todd Reesing, Jr. Kansas
8. WR Dez Bryant, Soph. OSU
8. LB
Brandon Spikes, Jr. Florida 
7. S Eric Berry, Soph. Tennessee
6. DT Gerald McCoy, Soph. Oklahoma
5. RB Jahvid Best, Soph. California
4. S Taylor Mays, Jr. USC
3. QB Sam Bradford, Soph. Oklahoma
2. QB Colt McCoy, Jr. Texas
1. QB Tim Tebow, Jr. Florida
Quarterbacks
1. Tim Tebow, Jr. Florida
2. Colt McCoy, Jr. Texas
3. Sam Bradford, Soph. Oklahoma
4. Todd Reesing, Jr. Kansas
5. Case Keenum, Soph. Houston
6. Dan LeFevour, Jr. Central Michigan
7. Colin Kaepernick, Soph. Nevada
8. Daryll Clark, Sr. Penn State
9. Terrelle Pryor, Fr. Ohio State
10. Juice Williams, Jr. Illinois

Running Backs
1. Jahvid Best, Soph. California
2. Jacquizz Rodgers, Fr. Oregon State
3. C.J. Spiller, Jr. Clemson
4. Kendal Hunter, Soph. Oklahoma State
5. Darren Evans, Fr. Virginia Tech.
6. Charles Scott, Jr. LSU
7. Damion Fletcher, Jr. Southern Miss
8. LeGarrette Blount, Jr. Oregon
9. DeMarco Murray, Soph. Oklahoma
10. MiQuale Lewis, Jr. Ball State

Receivers
1. Dez Bryant, Soph. Oklahoma State
2. Arrelious Benn, Jr. Illinois
3. Julio Jones, Fr. Alabama
4. A.J. Green, Fr. Georgia
5. Eric Decker, Jr. Minnesota
6. Mardy Gilyard, Soph. Cincinnati
7. Dezmon Briscoe, Soph. Kansas
8. Jordan Shipley, WR Texas
9. Naaman Roosevelt, Jr. Buffalo
10. Damian Williams, Soph. USC

Tight Ends
1. Jermaine Gresham, Jr. Oklahoma
2. Garrett Graham, Jr. Wisconsin
3
. Rob Gronkowski, Soph. Arizona
4. Dennis Pitta, Jr. BYU
5. Ed Dickson, Jr. Oregon
6. Cody Slate, Jr. Marshall
7. Nate Byham, Jr. Pitt
8. Richard Dickson, Jr. LSU
9. Anthony McCoy, Jr. USC
10. Jamari Grant, Jr. Florida Atlantic

Offensive Linemen
1. OT Russell Okung, Jr. Oklahoma State
2. OT Trent Williams, Jr. Oklahoma
3. OT Ciron Black, Jr. LSU
4. OT John Jerry, Jr. Ole Miss
5. OG/OT Rodney Hudson, Soph. FSU
6. OG Mike Pouncey, Soph. Florida
7. C Kristofer O’Dowd, Soph. USC
8. OG Stefen Wisniewski, Soph. Penn State
9. C Chris Hall, Soph. Texas
10. OT Anthony Davis, Soph. Rutgers

Defensive Linemen
1. DT Gerald McCoy, Soph. Oklahoma
2. DE Jerry Hughes, Jr. TCU
3. DE Greg Hardy, Jr. Ole Miss
4. DT Terrence Cody, Jr. Alabama
5. DE George Selvie, Jr. USF
6. DT Ndamukong Suh, Jr. Nebraska
7. DT Brian Price, Soph. UCLA
8. DE Jammie Kirlew, Jr. Indiana
9. DE Antonio Coleman, Jr. Auburn
10. DE Alex Carrington, Jr. Arkansas

Linebackers
1. Brandon Spikes, Jr. Florida 
2. Eric Norwood, Jr. South Carolina
3. Sean Weatherspoon, Jr. Missouri
4. Navarro Bowman, Soph. Penn St
5. Mark Herzlich, Jr. Boston Coll.
6. Greg Jones, Soph. Michigan St
7. Rennie Curran, Soph. Georgia
8. Travis Lewis, Fr. Oklahoma
9. Joe Pawelek, Jr. Baylor
10. Sergio Kindle, Jr. Texas

Defensive Backs
1. S Taylor Mays, Jr. USC
2. S Eric Berry, Soph. Tennessee
3. CB Trevard Lindley, Jr. Kentucky
4. CB Joe Haden, Soph. Florida
5. CB Kyle Wilson, Jr. Boise State
6. S Morgan Burnett, Soph. Georgia Tech
7. CB Syd’Quan Thompson, Jr. California
8. CB Alterraun Verner, Jr. UCLA
9. CB Jairus Byrd, Jr. Oregon
10. CB Javier Arenas, Jr. Alabama