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August 25, 2011
The long countdown of the days before the season starts is coming to an end: The first games are a week away.
It's been a long journey to No. 1, with one player being released every day.
Our first draft included Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had to be removed when he left school. When we released our No. 73 player, Russell Wilson, he had not picked a school. He since has decided on Wisconsin. And our No. 36 player, Arkansas tailback Knile Davis, has since suffered a broken ankle which will keep him out for the season.
Here's a more detailed look at our top 100 players for 2011:
TOP 100 PLAYERS BY CONFERENCE
21: Big Ten
13: Big 12
8: Mountain West
4: Conference USA
3: Big East
1: MAC: No. 91, Toledo WR Eric Page
1: Sun Belt: No. 79, FIU WR T.Y. Hilton
1: WAC: No. 88, Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz
TOP 100 PLAYERS BY POSITION
16: Offensive linemen (seven tackles, five guards, four centers)
14: Wide receivers
12: Running backs
8: Defensive linemen (four ends, four tackles)
1 tight end: No. 82, Missouri's Michael Egnew
1 kicker: No. 97, Georgia's Blair Walsh
TOP 100 PLAYERS BY HIGH SCHOOL STATE (29 represented)
3: South Carolina
2 each: Hawaii, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington
1 each: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin
Note: Four attended junior college after high school, three attended prep school
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.