Irish fullbacks run, block and catch—and become featured players at a position that many schools ignore.
Names of Note: Anthony Johns (1986-89), Rodney Culver (1988-91), Jerome Bettis (1990-92), Ray Zellars (1991-94), Marc Edwards (1993-96)
Offensive Line Nebraska
The Cornhuskers have produced three Outland Trophy winners in the last decade and won the national rushing title seven out of 10 years. Nebraska ballcarriers run behind big, fast people made bigger and faster by the most sophisticated strength and nutrition program in the country.
Names of Note: Will Shields (1989-92), Zach Wiegert (1991-94), Aaron Taylor (1994-97)
Tight Ends Washington
In the Huskies' 34-14 victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl, which clinched a share of the 1991 national title, tight ends Aaron Pierce and Mark Bruener each caught a touchdown pass. That's appropriate—no other program has put as much emphasis on developing ends who not only can block but can also run and catch.
Names of Note: Aaron Pierce (1988-91), Mark Bruener (1991-94), Ernie Conwell (1992-95), Jeremy Brigham (1995-97), Cameron Cleeland (1994-97)
Former Bruins coach Terry Donahue wanted his safeties to be hard hitters who could play pass defense and be the focal point of his defensive scheme. His first two great ones, back in the early 1980s, were Kenny Easley and the late Don Rogers, and their legacy lives on.