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VINNY CURRY DE, Marshall, Senior
Ranked fifth in the country in sacks (12), the 6'5", 242-pound Curry—who also had 18 tackles for a loss—will be relied upon even more in 2011. The Thundering Herd lost two starters on the defensive line.
T.Y. HILTON WR-KR Florida Int'l, Senior
Nicknamed Goodbye for the way he blows by defenders, he electrified the crowd with an 89-yard kickoff return touchdown in the Golden Panthers' 34--32 win over Toledo in the Little Caesars Bowl. He has 2,133 career kick return yards with four touchdowns.
CASE KEENUM QB, Houston, Senior
A Heisman candidate last year until tearing his right ACL in a 31--13 loss at UCLA, he was granted a sixth year of eligibility in January. After reconstructive surgery, he has a chance to set NCAA career records for total offense, passing yards, touchdowns, pass attempts and completions.
BOBBY RAINEY RB, Western Kentucky, Senior
The nation's third-leading rusher (1,649 yards) last year, the 5'8" 205-pounder was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year. He accounted for 49.2% of the Hilltoppers' offense with 1,879 yards from scrimmage and had 15 rushing touchdowns.