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A midseason update of my top 100 college players. Preseason rankings are in parentheses:

1. Roy Williams, Oklahoma, S
Performance vs. Texas showed how much better he was than everybody else. (66 ... oops)
2. Julius Peppers, UNC, DE
Six sacks, 13 TFLs [tackles for loss], and even that doesn't truly show how many problems he gives offenses. (1)
3. DeShaun Foster, UCLA, TB
Great skills, just needs to hang onto the ball better. (38)
4. Dwight Freeney, Syracuse, DE
Lethal first step makes him unblockable, 16 TFLs, 3 FFs [forced fumbles]. (32)
5. Bryant McKinnie, Miami, OT
Prototype NFL LT still hasn't given up a sack. (2)
6. David Carr, Fresno State, QB
Makes throws most NFL QBs can't. (NR)
7. Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin, DT
Seven sacks show why he's been the most dominant Bryant around. (31)
8. Marquise Walker, Michigan, WR
Money receiver, too strong for college DBs. (85)
9. Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB
Great option QB. Has 13 rushing TDs and a 60 percent completion rate. (4)
10. Kelley Washington, Tennessee, WR
Minor league infielder belongs in the big leagues on the gridiron. (NR)

11. Robert Thomas, UCLA, LB
Slimmed-down and sped-up. Has 13 TFLs while sparking Bruin D. (NR)
12. Ed Reed, Miami, S
Heady DB has the wheels and the hands to make plays. (9)
13. John Henderson, Tennessee, DT
Outland winner slowed by injury and cut blocks, but still a force. (3)
14. Toniu Funoti, Nebraska, OG
Awesome powerhouse is Crouch's enforcer. (11)
15. Larry Tripplett, Washington, DT
Tough guy (8 TFLs) who shows up big in big games. (14)
16. Kalimba Edwards, S. Carolina, LB
Classic edge rusher is the headliner on a strong Gamecock D. (24)
17. Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma, LB
Averaging 11 tackles per game, still as solid as ever. (10)
18. Ken Dorsey, Miami, QB
Defines poise under pressure. (46)
19. Alex Brown, Florida, DE
Gator sack machine even better vs. run now. (19)
20. Andre Woolfolk, Oklahoma, CB-WR
Shutdown corner might be nation's purest football guy. (NR)

21. Woodrow Dantzler, Clemson, QB
RB skills with a strong arm in the ideal system. (28)
22. Joey Harrington, Oregon, QB
Mr. Clutch has a 20-2 record as a starter. (84)
23. Quentin Jammer, Texas, CB
Great size, hips and competitiveness. (6)
24. Jabar Gaffney, Florida, WR
Best of a good crew of Gator WRs. (22)
25. Greg Gathers, Ga. Tech, DE
Stocky pass rusher lives in opponent's backfields. (70)
26. Pig Prather, Miss. State, S
Ball-hawking DB isn't the reason why MSU has struggled. (5)
27. Rex Grossman, Florida, QB
Quick gun's putting up sick numbers, like his 199.8 QB rating. (NR)
28. Kendyll Pope, FSU, OLB
Derrick Brooks clone has been the best 'Nole. (NR)
29. Phillip Buchanon, Miami, CB
Lock-down corner also a great return man. (49)
30. Mike Doss, Ohio State, S:
Hardest hitter in the Big Ten. (60)

31. Mike Pearson, Florida, LT
Has surrendered two sacks, but still very solid. (20)
32. Ben Taylor, Va. Tech, LB
Backbone of Hokie D, averages 10 tackles per game. (NR)
33. Travis Stephens, Tenn., TB
Gritty Vol back is a legit workhorse. (NR)
34. Kurt Kittner, Illinois, QB
Could've seized Heisman spotlight with a win at Michigan. (54)
35. Larry Foote, Michigan, LB
True playmaker is making Butkus noise with 14 TFLs. (68)
36. Zak Kustok, Northwestern, QB
Mr. Clutch fits great in Randy Walker's system. (NR)
37. E.J. Henderson, Maryland, LB
Instinctive hitter getting Butkus press in new scheme. (11)
38. Brandon Lloyd, Illinois, WR
Speedy wideout is the biggest reason why Illini have rebounded. (57)
39. Damien Anderson, Northwestern, RB
Deserves the Heisman hype. (40)
40. Levar Fisher, N.C. State, LB
Showing more discipline, with a gaudy 17 tackles per game. (52)

41. Keyou Craver, Nebraska, CB
A big reason why opponents are completing around 42 percent vs. Blackshirts. (45)
42. Frank Romero, Oklahoma, OL
Smooth technician doesn't make mistakes. (NR)
43. Andra Davis, Florida, MLB
Puts the bite back in the Gator D. (59)
44. Alan Harper, Fresno State, DT
Too quick and explosive for any O-line. (NR)
45. Nakoa McElrath, Wash. State, WR
Rangy playmaker averaging 120 receiving yards per game. (NR)
46. Dave Ragone, Louisville, QB
Strong and strong-armed. Will start in NFL someday. (50)
47. Ron Johnson, Minn., WR
Smooth and strong, a sure-fire pro. (37)
48. Andre Davis, Va. Tech, WR
Future first-rounder won't get his due until Miami game. (39)
49. Darnell Dockett, FSU, DT
Slowed by injuries, should be a force for the second half. (13)
50. Dontarrious Thomas, Auburn, LB
Makes plays all over the field, should be Butkus fave in 2002. (NR)

51. Bruce Perry, Maryland, TB
Shifty soph has shown grit, not just moves. (NR)
52. Terry Pierce, K. State, LB
Smart young leader of a fast run-stuffing defense. (63)
53. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, QB
Great player. Awful team. (23)
54. William Green, B.C., RB
Brutal inside runner with speed, averaging 131 ypg. (62)
55. T.J. Duckett, Mich. State, RB
Big-time pile driver. (12)
56. Roy Williams, Texas, WR
Awesome tools, but 11 yards per reception doesn't cut it. (30)
57. Anthony Davis, Wisconsin, TB
Good feet, great heart, another Badger 1000-yard back. (NR)
58. Kelly Campbell, Ga. Tech, WR
Good return man is also a game-breaking WR. (17)
59. Coy Wire, Stanford, LB
Former RB is West Coast's Dat Nguyen. (56)
60. Chris Hope, FSU, S
Smart, smooth DB has settled Noles' young secondary. (35)

61. Saleem Rasheed, Alabama, LB
Back to '99 form. Maybe better. (61)
62. Stu Schweigert, Purdue, S
Has range (3 INTs) and heart (9.2 tpg). (NR)
63. Anthony Weaver, Notre Dame, DL
Can play inside or outside. (77)
64. Josh Reed, LSU, WR
Averaging 21-plus on 24 catches. (79)
65. Reggie Williams, Washington, WR
Big and fast, averaging 22 yards per catch. (NR)
66. Kenyon Coleman, UCLA, DE
Might be a better pro than college player. (83)
67. Freddie Milons, Alabama, WR
Refocused, he's emerged as Tide's gamebreaker. (87)
68. Tommie Harris, Oklahoma, DT
Could be the Sooners best DL since Lee Roy Selmon. Or at least Tony Casillas. (NR)
69. Jeremy Shockey, Miami, TE
Smooth with some speed and a knack for finding creases. (NR)
70. Sheldon Brown, S. Carolina, CB
Smooth cover guy who can tackle. (91)

71. Terrell Suggs, ASU, DE
Big-play speed rusher with 10 TFLs and 3 FFs. (99)
72. Lito Sheppard, Florida, CB-KR
Off-field woes slowed him early, but expect big finish. (21)
73. Charles Rogers, Mich. State, WR
Dangerous wideout after the catch. (NR)
74. Eli Manning, Mississippi, QB
Better than you think (11-1 TD/INT rate and completing 63 percent. (NR)
75. Lee Evans, Wisc., WR
Big Ten's top WR in September. (NR)
76. DeMarco McNeil, Auburn, DT
Feisty and quick, a future All-American. (97)
77. Terence Newman, K. State, CB
Has learned how to use that 4.2 speed. (NR)
78. Tab Perry, UCLA, WR
Freddie Mitchell's replacement has been superb. (NR)
79. Sammy Davis, Texas A&M, CB:
Sleeper has been super (4 picks). (NR)
80. Max Starks, Florida, OT
Giant soph has been better than more hyped LT Mike Pearson. (NR)

81. Pernell Griffin, ECU, LB
Levar Fisher of C-USA just keeps piling up tackles (18.2 per). (NR)
82. Luke Staley, BYU, RB
Mr. Versatility is netting nine yards per rush. (NR)
83. Dewayne White, Louisville, DE
Quick, tenacious edge man is South's best-kept secret. (NR)
84. Jimmy Wilkerson, Oklahoma, DE-LB
Stud, beat Outland hopeful Mike Williams for two of his three sacks vs. Texas. (NR)
85. Clinton Portis, Miami, TB
Polished cutback guy is running harder in 2001. (NR)
86. Lance Briggs, Arizona, LB
Big hitter is always good for 10 tackles a game. (75)
87. Ian Scott, Florida, DT
Stout anchor has come on faster than hoped. (NR)
88. Chester Taylor, Toledo, RB
Effort runner, should be 1,500-yard back. (64)
89. Bradley Jennings, FSU, LB
Monster has been overshadowed by Pope. Thus far. (95)
90. Kindal Moorehead, Alabama, DL
Healthy again and causing havoc (8 TFLs). (NR)

91. Rashad Bauman, Oregon, CB
Cocky corner always making plays. (36)
92. Ennis Haywood, Iowa State, RB
Ennis the Menace is legit. (100)
93. George Godsey, Ga. Tech, QB
Great competitor, misses Friedgen. (82)
94. Brandon Doman, BYU, QB
Making the option work and making even better decisions passing. (NR)
95. Dan Graham, Colorado, TE
Best TE in the West has improved his blocking too. (NR)
96. Chris Simms, Texas, QB
Great arm, but waaay too shaky in the spotlight thus far. (25)
97. Maurice Morris, Oregon, TB
The best RB in Oregon this season. By a ton. (26)
98. Trev Faulk, LSU, LB
Been good, not great (6 tackles per) thus far. (33)
99. Will Overstreet, Tennessee, DE
Gutty rush man is slowed by injury. (58)
100. Curry Burns, Louisville, S
Hard hits and a few picks (4 INTs), part of great S tandem with Anthony Floyd. (NR)

Bruce Feldman covers college football for ESPN The Magazine. E-mail him at

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