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Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State. The All-American is just the second two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver, and a big-play threat every touch.

Trent Richardson, Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s running back won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back and was third in Heisman voting.

Montee Ball, Wisconsin.Montee should have a ball at the Rose Bowl.

LaMichael James, Oregon. Give him a seam and he’s gone; a likely Heisman finalist for the second straight season if that elbow hadn’t kept popping out of place.

NICKNAMES

Every team has players with nicknames. Here are some of the coolest we could find:

Honey Badger, LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. He reportedly doesn’t like the ode to the furry and ferocious little beast, but it’s not going anywhere.

RG3, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Combination of initials and being the third in a line of Robert Griffins sounds like a cool new line of shoes.

Wolf Man, Utah running back John White. Has a tattoo of a wolf on his chest because wolves roll in packs and eat meat to the bone.

Sharks, Oklahoma’s defensive backs. Pulled from a Lil Wayne song, quite catchy.

Zeus, Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower. A mythologically proportioned linebacker at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds.

Moose, Stanford offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Protector of Andrew Luck’s blindside got the moniker after mauling other kids in Pop Warner.

Nuke, Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Had a preference for Nuk (pronounced Nuke) pacifiers when he was little and would spit out any other brand. Somehow still cool.

Shug, LSU running back Michael Ford. A name given to him by his grandmother.

ODDS

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