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August 22, 2011

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The 6'4" 298-pounder thought about leaving for the NFL after racking up 39 tackles, including 10 for a loss, last season, but—to the delight of Huskies fans and the dismay of opposing linemen—he elected to return.

ZACH COLLAROS QB, Cincinnati, Senior

The All--Big East QB—a unanimous selection—led the conference with 2,902 yards and 26 TDs in 2010. But can he cut down on the 14 picks he threw in his first season as a starter?

RYAN NASSIB QB, Syracuse, Senior

The stage for a potential breakout year was set with a 239-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Pinstripe Bowl, a 36--34 win over Kansas State. He'll have to carry more of a load without a proven running back.

LINDSEY LAMAR KR-WR, South Florida, Junior

The league's special teams player of the year returned two kicks for TDs in '10. He's undersized for a receiver at 5'8", but few can match the speed that made him an all-conference sprinter in two events.

RAY GRAHAM RB, Pitt, Junior

Despite splitting carries, he rushed for 922 yards and eight TDs, including a 277-yard game against Florida International. A dangerous pass catcher, he'll get plenty of touches in and out of the backfield.

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