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Non-AQ Top 25 Players: No. 10

Here we go, the Top 10. I bet you have been counting down the days. I debated long and hard about who belongs here, and where I should rank all of these players. I think they are all outstanding, and they each made contributions to their team that showed beyond their own individual stats. They are all leaders, and they are all winners. We start with a defensive player. In fact, four of the Top 10 players are on the defensive side of the ball.

No. 10 Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State

This was a tough choice to make because of all the great players on the Broncos defense. Every player on that line contributed big time in 2010, from Ryan Winterswyk to Billy Winn to Chase Baker. But in choosing one, I went with McClellin for a few reasons. With Winterswyk getting double teamed, McClellin was able to have the best season of his career. He went from three sacks in 2009 to a team-high 9.5 in 2010. That total actually helped the Broncos lead the nation in sacks with 48. He also had 13.5 tackles for loss and was another big reason why the Broncos were No. 2 in the nation in total defense and No. 7 in rush defense. He set the tone with a monster game against Virginia Tech in the all-important nationally televised game with 2.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss. His impressive season led to All-WAC first-team honors. Wonder what he will do for an encore.

No. 11 Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

No. 12 Jeremy Kerley, WR/KR/PR, TCU

No. 13 Vai Taua, RB, Nevada

No. 14 Titus Young, WR, Boise State

No. 15 Bryant Moniz, QB, Hawaii

No. 16 Dontay Moch, DE, Nevada

No. 17 Dwayne Harris, WR/KR, East Carolina

No. 18 Chad Spann, RB, Northern Illinois

No. 19 Reggie Rembert, CB, Air Force

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