College Football News Preview 2020: Which current college football head coaches were the best players?
20. WR PJ Fleck, Northern Illinois (Minnesota)
Caught a school-record 77 passes for 1,028 yards and six touchdowns as a senior.
19. QB Jeff Brohm, Louisville (Purdue)
Blossomed as a senior, throwing 20 TD passes and leading the Cards to a 9-3 record.
18. FB Frank Solich, Nebraska (Ohio)
Inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1992. Ran for 1,010 yards and seven scores, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
17. QB Rick Stockstill, Florida State (Middle Tennessee)
Named honorable mention All-American with the Seminoles in 1981.
16. NG Luke Fickell, Ohio State (Cincinnati)
Started a school-record 50 straight games along the defensive line in Columbus.
15. S Kirby Smart, Georgia (Georgia)
Earned four letters, rising to the All-SEC First Team as a senior in 1999.
14. LB Kevin Sumlin, Purdue (Arizona)
Four-year starter made 375 tackles and was twice named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
13. QB Jonathan Smith, Oregon State (Oregon State)
Four-year starter who led the Beavers to their best season in school history.
12. QB Jimbo Fisher, Samford (Texas A&M)
Named 1987 Division III Player of the Year, setting a single-season D-III mark with 34 TD passes.
11. QB Tom Arth, John Carroll (Akron)
Set 18 school records and earned unanimous All-American honors as a junior and senior.
10. LB Kyle Whittingham, BYU (Utah)
Made 240 tackles and forced six fumbles in his final two seasons with the Cougars.
9. S Lovie Smith, Tulsa (Illinois)
Started every game for three seasons at Tulsa, making 367 career tackles.
8. QB Tim Lester, Western Michigan (Western Michigan)
Finished his college career with 87 touchdown passes and 11,299 passing yards.
7. QB Josh Heupel, Oklahoma (UCF)
All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up led the Sooners to a national championship.
6. QB Willie Taggart, WKU (Florida Atlantic)
Two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, the I-AA equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
5. QB Scott Frost, Nebraska (Nebraska)
Led the Huskers to a perfect season and a share of the national championship in 1997.
4. DB Herm Edwards, Cal/San Diego State (Arizona State)
Intercepted 33 passes during a nine-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
3. QB Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (Oklahoma State)
Broke the Oklahoma State and Big 8 passing records with 7,997 yards.
2. QB Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (Michigan)
Left Ann Arbor as Michigan’s career passing yards leader before playing 15 years in the NFL.
1. LB Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (Northwestern)
In the College Football Hall of Fame, he was a two-time consensus All-American and the recipient of the Bednarik Award in 1995 and 1996.