Always nattily attired during games in a shirt and tie, Golden has turned a program that was among the worst in I-A into a bowl qualifier. In '09, his fourth season, he led the team to its first winning record (9--4) since '90 and just its third bowl in 111 years. This year's team is his most talented yet.
PLAYERS TO WATCH (Top performers from unranked teams)
DONALD BUCKRAM, RB, UTEP, Sr.
Only Ryan Mathews, Toby Gerhart and Dion Lewis rushed for more yards per game last season than did Buckram (left), who averaged 132.8. This year he will be running behind an offensive line that is slated to start five seniors.
NOAH KELLER, LB, Ohio, Sr.
The defense for the reigning MAC East division co-champs will be led by this 6' 1", 227-pound tackling machine, who last year finished sixth in the nation in stops (11.1 per game), including 17 against Marshall in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
JOSH MCNARY, DE, Army, Sr.
Named to the Lott and Nagurski watch lists, McNary is a dangerous pass rusher who will anchor a defense that brings back eight starters. Exceptionally quick off the ball, McNary had 12½ sacks last season, which tied for fifth best in the country.
DONTAY MOCH, DE, Nevada, Sr.