...Barry was mentioned in the initial post and taken out of consideration for being outside the timeframe of the list. Otherwise, he would clearly be on top of the list.
Top Ten College Football Players In The Past Twenty Years
1989 would be twenty years ago in my math. And barry, deion, troy and tony were all drafted that year. And they (maybe minus troy) would be on my list. What about Little LT from TCU? (he did run for 419yds in one game) Can I use miami's defence from the coker days as one choice? Yes I think Tony Mandrich was a better tackle (college player) then Pace, Thomas, or Jake.
Man that guy works for a Canadian TV station now.
The fact that Tony Mandrich used steroids doesn't affect how you view him? Imagine Jake Long on steroids....man.
Has to include the 1988 season, we're like a week in to 2009.
I assume the OP meant "twenty seasons." 1988 was 21 seasons ago.
This is pretty biased but I have my very good reasons. Chris Long was a far, far better college player than Glenn Dorsey. Whether or not Long actually belongs on the list, I don't know....haven't given thought yet to the other 9 or 10. I think he absolutely belongs in the discussion. But Dorsey played for LSU and Long for UVA, so of course Dorsey got the press. I promise you this: Long was by far the more dominant lineman.
Vince Young and Charles Woodson are the top two, IMO.
College Football's Top Ten Greatest Players of the Past 20 Years
1. tie, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard and Braylon Edwards
2. tie, Mike Hart, Anthony Thomas and Tom Brady
3. tie, Jake Long, Tripp Wellborne and Amani Toomer
4. tie, Lamarr Woodley, David Harris and Ty Law
5. tie, Larry Foote, Brian Griese and Jarrett Irons
6. tie, Chad Henne, Chris Perry and Jon Runyan
7. tie, Sam Sword and Ian Gold
8. tie, Remy Hamilton, Zoltan Mesko, and Steve Breston
9. Tim Tebow
10. tie, Stevie Brown, Johhny Sears, the Coner
1. Tony Mandarich
2. Jason White
3. Lawrence Phillips
4. Gino Toretta
5. Brian Bosworth
6. Mike Williams
7. Rae Carruth
8. Marvin Jones
9. Major Harris
Stevie Brown i mean come on all the other teams thought he was too.
For having 5 out of the top 10 players. You'd think we'd have more national championships than 1 in that span.
Doing a straight up top 10 is way to hard for me, trying to adjust value for position and all, I think I'll just go position by position. Also, I'm 20, so I'm not reaching back to when I was 1....I'm just going by guys who stick out in my head.
Vince Young is the QB. Tebow is close, and I can't take anything away from him, but Vince Young was scary in college. Both of them could will their teams to victories, but Young gets the nod because Tebow hasn't lead more than 1 comeback, and Vince Young has that Okie State game.
Long is one of if not the best O-lineman I've seen but I'm not sure that in college an individual tackle makes that much of a difference due to the general lack of top flight DE's.
Best WR is Calvin Johnson, at least that I saw play. Braylon was close but watching Johnson play in college was amazing. He was uncoverable. He was the fastest guy on the field on every down, and going up for a jump ball it looked like he was Shaq boxing out a 10 year old, it was unfair.
Best Rb is hard... Shady McCoy has been incredible to watch, as has Moreno, Reggie Bush was the most explosive player I've ever seen, and I don't really have to say anything about Hart. I'm hesitant to say Hart because I feel like a homer, and he certainly wasn't the most talented, but I think he deserves a spot.
Best DE. Wanna go with Woodley, but I gotta go with Chris Long. He was a force on that defense, an absolute monster.
Best DT. Maybe Dorsey, he's at least the first name that comes to mind. Terrence Cody this year. No idea really, I'll defer to anyone who can remember DT's not at Michigan from 3 or more years ago.
Best LB is Laurenitis. I'm sorry, I hate the buckeyes as much as anyone, but he has been a ridiculously consistent performer, and at MLB, that is what you want.
Best DB is Woodson, I don't remember watching him very much, but I've seen the highlights, plus, if you're the only DB not wearing a leather helmet to win the Heisman, you get the nod.
I'm shortsighted and don't remember much before 2006ish in college football, which was when I really started following intensely. I'm probably way off on a few of them, and I'm forgetting at least 5 or 6 guys who should stick out like sore thumbs, but just off the top of my head thats where I'd put them.
This is hard to do because I want to reflect on NFL careers also. When I see names like Tommie Harris and Adrian Peterson, I want to believe they were better players than, say, Ryan Leaf or Shaun King.
Off the top of my head I can name four heisman trophy winners and one runner up that did nothing in the nfl.
1. Tommy Frazier (who arguably was the Vince Young before Vince Young) and quite honestly he needs to be on my list of college players.
2. Andre Ware (But as a footnote to his career he was drafted by the Lions, so how much of a career could he have had)
3. Charlie Ward (he had a so so nba career so life didn't turn out that bad for him, I guess)
4. Troy Smith (now, granted this one remains to be seen. But I hate Ohio State so he is on the list)
Honorable Mention goes out to Gino Toreta (sp?) I don't know how to spell the guys name. lol Well, anyway he gets a shout out for probably being the biggest bust.
Heisman winners don't always map well to the NFL, and Toretta won the Heisman because he was QB of an undefeated Miami team. That was pretty obvious at the time--Minnesota didn't draft him until the seventh round. He hung on in the league for a while.
I think it's disappointing that Ward didn't play in the NFL, but I think it was a very smart decision for him. He probably had a longer career, made more money and risked his body much less than he would have in the NFL. I think he might have made it in the NFL at QB. (Then again, I wanted the Lions to draft Jake Plummer, so what do I know.)
No particular order (position players only): Barry Sanders, Tommy Frazier,Reggie Bush, C-Wood, Deion Sanders, Vince Young, The Rocket, Calvin Johnson, Tebow, Larry Fitzgerald
In no particular order:
1. Charles Woodson
2. Vince Young
3. Reggie Bush
4. Tim Tebow
5. Randy Moss
6. Larry Fitzgerald
7. Tommy Frazier
8. LaVar Arrington
9. Drew Brees
10. Ted Ginn/Desmond Howard/Deshean Jackson/Rocket Ismail
Frazier, Tebow, Young - Probably the three most fun players to watch at QB ever.
I think Frazier was probably the best of all of them.
Best overall? That's so hard to compare.
How can you say a corner that can completely shutdown half of the field is better than a RB that can't be tackled?