LB, Sr., Boston College
The 6-foot 252-pounder, who had 180 tackles in his first three years with the Eagles and lined up as a fullback in short-yardage sets, returns after missing the 2007 season with a shoulder injury.
BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER
, RB, Sr., Clemson.
Despite splitting time with C.J. Spiller, he ranks fourth nationally among active players, with 3,130 career rushing yards.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Victor (Macho) Harris (below), CB, Sr.,
A first-team All-ACC choice with five interceptions in '07, he declared for the NFL draft, then decided to return to Blacksburg.
TRUE FRESHMAN TO WATCH
An early enrollee from Wichita, Kans., Brown had eight tackles and an interception in Miami's spring game.
COACH ON THE RISE
After leading Georgia Southern to consecutive I-AA national titles and Navy to five straight bowls, he brings his potent triple-option offense to Atlanta.
COACH ON THE HOT SEAT
If the Seminoles don't improve on their 7--6 records in the past two seasons, he may turn the program over to designated head-coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher.
relinquished his role as offensive coordinator and hired Kansas State's
, who served on Friedgen's staff from 2000 through '04. Franklin is implementing aspects of the West Coast offense.... Florida State will play its first three games without seven anticipated starters who were suspended for their role in an academic fraud scandal last year.... After unexpected losses at tailback (1,000-yard rusher Branden Ore was dismissed from the team, and KENNY LEWIS and JAHRE CHEESEMAN were injured in the spring), Virginia Tech is counting on RYAN WILLIAMS, a freshman from Manassas, Va., to play right away.... Former Marshall coach
, who retired in 2005 with a 94--23 career record, is returning to the sideline as Virginia's defensive coordinator.... Keep an eye on Georgia Tech defensive end
. Though he had only four sacks in 2007, the senior has NFL scouts drooling about his 6'7", 247-pound frame.