Here is the fourth grouping in Yahoo! Sports' top 100 player countdown. We're unveiling the top players in groups of 10 each Sunday for 10 weeks.
'Top' doesn't necessarily mean the most pro potential or even the most talent. It's what the player has accomplished and how we think the player will do this season. Production does trump potential.
It's still a long way until the first game on Aug. 30. We're trying to make the long wait bearable.
70. CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Particulars: 6-2/209, Jr.; Miami Norland
Buzz: Rhodes was a freshman All-America selection in 2010 but had a somewhat disappointing season in 2011, losing his starting job but still seeing a lot of time in a deep and talented secondary. He had 43 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups last season; he had four picks and 12 breakups in 2010. In high school, he was an all-county selection as a running back and as a defensive back. Rhodes' size and speed make him a coveted NFL prospect.
69. WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Particulars: 5-9/174, Sr.; Baltimore Dunbar
Buzz: Austin was a good player as a freshman and sophomore, but truly blossomed last season, his first in coach Dana Holgorsen's pass-happy version of the spread. Austin is a great fit as a slot receiver in the spread. He had 101 receptions for 1,186 yards and eight TDs, and also was a weapon on sweeps and as a punt and kick returner. He had a monster performance in WVU's 70-33 bludgeoning of Clemson in the Orange Bowl: 12 receptions for 123 yards and four TDs, along with three rushes for 40 yards.
68. G Larry Warford, Kentucky
Particulars: 6-3/336, Sr.; Richmond (Ky.) Madison Central
Buzz: Warford will be a three-year starter for the Wildcats, who always seem to have one or two guys who could play for anybody. Warford is that guy this season. Warford is physical at the point of attack, but also nimble enough to pull and lead on sweeps. He started at offensive tackle as a sophomore at Oceanside (Calif.) High before moving to Kentucky for his final two years of high school. His mom lives in Samoa.
67. QB Keith Price, Washington
Particulars: 6-1/195, Jr.; Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Buzz: Price had big shoes to fill at Washington, taking over for first-round pick Jake Locker, and he proceeded to put up big numbers. He threw for 3,033 yards and 33 touchdowns; Locker's best totals were 2,800 and 21. Price completed a school single-season record 66.9 percent of his passes and finished seventh nationally in passing efficiency. He was responsible for an NCAA bowl-record seven TDs in the Alamo Bowl loss to Baylor (four passing, three rushing).
66. DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
Particulars: 6-3/260, Sr.; Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida
Buzz: Jenkins attended a high school that serves as a "lab" of sorts for FSU's school of education, and Seminoles fans should be glad he decided to go to college at home. He has 21.5 sacks in the past two seasons to go along with 104 tackles and nine quarterback hurries. While known as a pass rusher first and foremost, Jenkins now holds up quite well against the run.
65. RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
Particulars: 5-11/208, Sr.; Mansfield (Texas) High
Buzz: Taylor has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He rushed for 1,330 yards and 10 touchdowns last season; he had 1,137 yards and 15 TDs as a sophomore in 2010. He has a shot at breaking Stanford's career rushing record (4,003 yards, by Darrin Nelson from 1977-81). Taylor, who shares time (Stanford's backup tailbacks had 185 carries last season, just 57 fewer than Taylor), also is an effective receiver.
64. RB Andre Ellington, Clemson
Particulars: 5-10/190, Sr.; Moncks Corner (S.C.) Berkeley
Buzz: Ellington is coming off a season in which he ran for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns; he missed all of one game and most of another with injuries. He is comfortable running between the tackles, but definitely has the speed necessary to turn the corner. He had five 100-yard games, including a 212-yard, two-TD effort in Clemson's epic comeback against Maryland. He has nine 100-yard games in his career.
63. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Particulars: 6-6/256, Soph.; Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe
Buzz: He was eighth in the SEC with eight sacks and tied for eighth in the country with five forced fumbles last season as a true freshman. He basically was getting by on athletic ability alone in 2011; once he truly understands the nuances of the position, watch out. He and fellow DE Devin Taylor should wreak havoc in opposing backfields this season. Clowney was the nation's No. 1 prospect in the 2011 signing class.
62. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State
Particulars: 6-5/225, Sr.; Loveland (Colo.) High
Buzz: Klein is not a good passer and has an extremely awkward throwing motion. But he's an excellent leader and one of the best running quarterbacks in college football in recent seasons. He ran for 1,141 yards and 27 TDs last season; the TD total is a single-season record for a quarterback. He had seven games with multiple rushing TDs, including five contests with at least three.
61. QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Particulars: 6-6/213, Jr.; Kingsburg (Calif.) High
Buzz: Bray, from a town of about 10,000 in central California, has yet to play a full season; he didn't become the starter until the eighth game of his freshman season in 2010 and missed five games with an injury last season. But when healthy, he has been productive. He has thrown for 3,832 yards and 35 TDs and will have the pleasure of working with one of the nation's top receiving duos (Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers) this fall.
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