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August 25, 2011
Preseason top 20: Safeties
We continue our breakdown of the nation's best players at each position with a look at safeties.
Two teams have both their starting safeties on our list, and in all, eight leagues have safeties on our list. In addition, there is an independent player, as well.
"Best" doesn't necessarily mean the most pro potential or even the most talent. Instead, it's a mix of what the player has accomplished and how we think the player will do this season. But production does trump potential.
We will look at a position a day until Monday, when we rank all 120 of the nation's quarterbacks. Friday, we will look at kickers. Here are the safety rankings.
20. FS JARRED HOLLEY, PITTSBURGH
19. S JON DAVIS, AIR FORCE
18. FS AARON HENRY, WISCONSIN
17. FS VAUGHN TELEMAQUE, MIAMI
16. SS SEAN RICHARDSON, VANDERBILT
15. FS SEAN BAKER, BALL STATE
14. S DUKE IHENACHO, SAN JOSE STATE
13. FS TRAMAIN THOMAS, ARKANSAS
12. FS EDDIE WHITLEY, VIRGINIA TECH
11. SS MARKELLE MARTIN, OKLAHOMA STATE
10. FS LANCE MITCHELL, OREGON STATE
9. FS JOHN BOYETT, OREGON
8. SS RAY-RAY ARMSTRONG, MIAMI
7. SS TONY DYE, UCLA
6. FS GEORGE ILOKA, BOISE STATE
5. FS T.J. MCDONALD, USC
4. S HARRISON SMITH, NOTRE DAME
3. FS ROBERT LESTER, ALABAMA
2. SS DELANO HOWELL, STANFORD
1. SS MARK BARRON, ALABAMA
Rankings and player capsules compiled by Olin Buchanan, Tom Dienhart, David Fox, Mike Huguenin and Steve Megargee.
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