Blue Ribbon Picks Vols #1

Tennessee has been chosen as the No. 1 team in the country in the Chattanooga based <i>Blue Ribbon College Football Forecast's</i> preseason Top 25 poll.<p> The Volunteers were ranked just ahead of Oklahoma, the 2000 national champions, with Florida State and Texas coming in a close third and fourth, respectively. Miami, the 2001 national champion, is fifth in <i>Blue Ribbon's</i> poll.

Washington State, Michigan, Georgia, Nebraska and Colorado round out the top ten.

Eight of the nation's 11 NCAA Division I-A conferences are represented in the poll. The Southeastern Conference leads with five teams, followed by the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-10 with four each and the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East with three each. Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference are represented in the poll by Louisville and Marshall, respectively.

Blue Ribbon has chosen Miami's Ken Dorsey as its Offensive Player of the Year, and Maryland's E.J. Henderson as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Blue Ribbon College Football Forecast, formerly known as Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook, is being published in 2002 by Brassey's, Inc. of Dulles, Va. The 384-page book, which features extended, position-by-position outlooks of all 117 Division I-A teams, will be available in mid-July at most major bookstores or by calling 800-775-2518 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

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Blue Ribbon College Football Forecast

Top 25 Rankings

1. Tennessee
2. Oklahoma
3. Florida State
4. Texas
5. Miami
6. Washington State
7. Michigan
8. Georgia
9. Nebraska
10. Colorado
11. Florida
12. Ohio State
13. Washington
14. Louisville
15. LSU
16. Marshall
17. Virginia Tech
18. Southern Cal
19. Michigan State
20. Oregon
21. Alabama
22. North Carolina State
23. Penn State
24. Maryland
25. Boston College



Offensive All America Team

Quarterback
KEN DORSEY
Miami, 6-5, 200, Sr.

Running Backs
ANTHONY DAVIS
Wisconsin, 5-8, 183, So.

ONTERRIO SMITH
Oregon, 5-10, 195, Jr.

Receivers
CHARLES ROGERS
Michigan State, 6-4, 200, Jr.

KELLEY WASHINGTON
Tennessee, 6-4, 225, So.

Tight End
TRENT SMITH
Oklahoma, 6-5, 230, Sr.

Offensive Line
JON STINCHCOMB
Georgia, 6-6, 278, Sr.

KWAME HARRIS
Stanford, 6-7, 308, Jr.

BRETT ROMBERG
Miami, 6-3, 290, Sr.

TODD WIKE
Maryland, 6-3, 300, Sr.

BRETT WILLIAMS
Florida State, 6-6, 317, Sr.

Kicker
SETH MARLER
Tulane, 6-0, 195, Sr.

Specialists
CHAD OWENS
Hawaii, 5-8, 175, So.

CHRIS MASSEY
Oklahoma State, 6-0, 204, Sr.

Defensive All America Team

Linebackers
E.J. HENDERSON
Maryland, 6-2, 250, Sr.

JONATHAN VILMA
Miami, 6-2, 220, Jr.

BRADIE JAMES
LSU, 6-3, 238, Sr.

Defensive Line
CORY REDDING
Texas, 6-5, 270, Sr.

WILLIAM JOSEPH
Miami, 6-5, 282, Sr.

JEROME McDOUGLE
Miami, 6-4, 260, Sr.

DEWAYNE WHITE
Louisville, 6-3, 277, Jr.

Defensive Backs
TROY POLAMALU
USC, 5-10, 215, Sr.

MIKE DOSS
Ohio State, 5-11, 204, Sr.

EUGENE WILSON
Illinois, 5-11, 185, Sr.

DERRICK STRAIT
Oklahoma, 5-11, 194, Jr.

Punter
BROOKS BARNARD
Maryland, 6-2, 188, Sr.

Specialists
KEENAN HOWRY
Oregon, 5-10, 170, Sr.

LUKE POWELL
Stanford, 5-8, 170, Jr.


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