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Division I-A top five players by team

Editor's note: ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. is preparing for the college football season by taking a look at the top five players on the roster of every team in Division I-A. Following is an archive of Mel's lists, organized alphabetically by conference.

Atlantic Coast Conference
Part 1
Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst, a Heisman Trophy candidate and potential future NFL star, leads my look at the top talent in the ACC.
Part 2
Virginia's Ahmad Brooks, the nation's best young linebacker, is among the players on my list of the best in the ACC.

Big 12 Conference
North division
I look at the best players in the Big 12 North, highlighted by Heisman contenders Brad Smith and Darren Sproles.

South division
Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson, the best senior player in the nation, tops the list of talented players in the Big 12 South.

Big East Conference
Top Big East talent
Syracuse has a Heisman candidate in Walter Reyes while Connecticut boasts a load of talented seniors on defense.

Big Ten Conference
Part I
The top talent in the Big Ten is spread around on both sides of the ball.
Part II
Ohio State and Purdue are restructuring this season, while Wisconsin should be a Big Ten contender.

Conference USA
Part 1
The top talent in Conference USA is led by standout running backs at Louisville and Memphis.
Part 2
I continue my look at the top five players on each team in C-USA.

Mid-American Conference
East
A loaded Marshall team looks to be the most talented in my breakdown of the Mid-American Conference East division.
West
The MAC's quarterback tradition continues in 2004 with Northern Illinois' Josh Haldi and Toledo's Bruce Radkowski.

Mountain West Conference
Part 1
Mel Kiper Jr. evaluates the top talent at four of eight schools in the Mountain West Conference.
Part 2
Mel Kiper Jr. evaluates the top talent at four of eight schools in the Mountain West Conference.

Pac-10 Conference
Top Pac-10 talent
Andrew Walter of Arizona State and Aaron Rodgers of California are among the top standouts in the Pac-10.

Southeastern Conference
East division
The SEC East has plenty of established stars and more than a few underrated standouts.
West division
Defending co-national champion LSU returns plenty of talent and the rest of the SEC West isn't far behind.

Sun Belt Conference
Part I
The Sun Belt conference features several "road graters" on the offensive line, as well as talented QBs and WRs.

Part II
Mel Kiper wraps up his look at all 117 Division I-A football teams with the top players on four teams from the Sun Belt Conference.

Western Athletic Conference
Part I
The top talent in the WAC is led by a loaded offense at Fresno State.
Part II
Mel continues his look at the best players in the WAC in part two of his examination of the conference.

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