Non-AQ Top 25 players: No. 19

If we ranked players on a toughness scale, no doubt this one would be right at the top of the list. He overcame a scary moment early in the season to return to his team and take his spot as one of its emotional leaders. Not that anyone should be surprised.

19. Reggie Rembert, CB, Air Force

When Rembert was taken off the field on a stretcher against Northwestern State in the season opener, everyone expected the worst. He was immobilized and taken to the hospital for tests. Coach Troy Calhoun maintained the following week that Rembert was a long-shot to play. But lo and behold, there was Rembert playing against BYU the week after sustaining a concussion. To Rembert it was no big deal. But to his teammates, it showed his toughness and tenacity. Rembert may not have the gaudy stats -- 51 tackles and three interceptions -- but how many opportunities do you think he got as the team’s top shut-down corner? Rembert won All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors for the second straight season and was voted first team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association. It was the first time since 1992 that an Air Force player made a first-team All-America list.

No. 20 T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, FIU

No. 21 Eric Page, WR/KR, Toledo

No. 22 Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU

No. 23 Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

No. 24 Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky

No. 25 Roosevelt Nix, DT, Kent State