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August 26, 2011
Preseason top 15: Kickers
We continue our breakdown of the nation's best players at each position with a look at the top 15 kickers.
"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. Saturday, we will look at punters. Here are the kicker rankings.
15. ERIK FOLK, WASHINGTON
14. CASEY BARTH, NORTH CAROLINA
13. DAVE TEGGART, CONNECTICUT
12. NATE FREESE, BOSTON COLLEGE
11. ZACH HOCKER, ARKANSAS
10. KEVIN GOESSLING, FRESNO STATE
9. JUSTIN TUCKER, TEXAS
8. DEREK DIMKE, ILLINOIS
7. ROSS KRAUTMAN, SYRACUSE
6. DUSTIN HOPKINS, FLORIDA STATE
5. WILL SNYDERWINE, DUKE
4. DANNY HRAPMANN, SOUTHERN MISS
3. DAVID RUFFER, NOTRE DAME
2. GRANT RESSEL, MISSOURI
1. BLAIR WALSH, GEORGIA
Rankings and player capsules by Olin Buchanan, Tom Dienhart, David Fox, Mike Huguenin and Steve Megargee.
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