Unveiling the annual Herbies

Aug 22, 2017

From breakout stars to the ultimate game changers, Kirk Herbstreit picks his favorites for the 2017 season. Be sure to tune in to The Herbies, Wednesday on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Best Dual-threat QBs
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
Quinton Flowers, South Florida
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

Best Pure Passers
Sam Darnold, USC
Josh Allen, Wyoming
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Luke Falk, Washington State

Best Tandems
Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
Deshaun Davis and Trey Williams, Auburn
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia
Michael Pinckney and Shaq Quarterman, Miami
Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith, Minnesota

Best Hybrids
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Derwin James, Florida State
Travin Howard, TCU
Cody Barton, Utah
Rashaan Gaulden, Tennessee

Impact Coordinator Hires
Kevin Wilson, Ohio State
Brian Daboll, Alabama
Matt Canada, LSU
Bob Diaco, Nebraska
Mike Elko, Notre Dame

Surprise Teams
NC State
Notre Dame

Best Restaurants
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse — Nashville, Tenn./Louisville, Ky.
The Smokin’ Pig — Pendleton, S.C.
City Grocery — Oxford, Miss.
5 — Tuscaloosa, AL/Knoxville, Tenn.
Ruffino’s — Baton Rouge, La.
Hyde Park — Columbus, Ohio
Valter’s Osteria — Salt Lake City, Utah
Zingerman’s — Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mickies Dairy Bar — Madison, Wis.
Acre — Auburn, Ala.

Best Student Section
Penn State
Texas AM
Colorado and Florida (tie)

Playoff Teams

Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Florida State

National Champion

Ohio State over Alabama

Conference Champions

Florida State over Miami
Sleeper: Clemson

Big 12
TCU over Oklahoma
Sleeper: Kansas State

Big Ten
Ohio State over Wisconsin
Sleeper: Northwestern

USC over Washington
Sleeper: Oregon

Alabama over Florida
Sleeper: Kentucky

Toledo over Miami (OH)
Sleeper: Akron

Mountain West
Colorado State over San Diego State
Sleeper: Nevada

Conference USA
Western Kentucky over UTSA
Sleeper: Marshall

South Florida over Tulsa
Sleeper: SMU

Sun Belt
Appalachian State
Sleeper: Louisiana

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