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Teriyon Gipson, RB, New Mexico (New Mexico Bowl)
Gipson was one of a pair of 1,000-yard rushers for Bob Davie's club, which finished with an 8-4 record and is playing in its second straight New Mexico Bowl.
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Kerry Thomas, WR, UT-San Antonio (New Mexico Bowl)
The Roadrunners are playing in their first-ever bowl game, thanks in large part to Thomas, who led the team with eight touchdown grabs.
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston (Las Vegas Bowl)
Incredibly, Oliver finished in the Top 10 nationally in tackles for loss with 19, despite only being a true freshman. In the process, he was named a FOX Sports First Team All-American.
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Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State (Las Vegas Bowl)
The San Diego State star was one of only two players who rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2016, joining Texas' D'Onta Foreman.
Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State (Camellia Bowl)
Moore tallied 1,367 yards on the ground this season, including nine straight games with at least 90 rushing yards to end the season.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (Camellia Bowl)
The All-MAC performer led the league with 1,355 yards on the ground. It was the third straight season that Hunt has rushed for at least 950 yards.
Dontravious Wilson, RB, Central Florida (Cure Bowl)
Scott Frost's first year in Orlando was a major success, thanks in large part to Wilson, who rushed for a team-high eight touchdowns.
Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, DE, Arkansas State (Cure Bowl)
Rolland-Jones' 19.5 tackles for loss this season ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
Nick Mullens, QB, Southern Miss (New Orleans Bowl)
Mullens regressed this season -- throwing 'only' 22 touchdown passes after tossing 38 a season ago. Still, the big-armed senior has done enough to potentially end up as a late-round draft pick this spring.
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Al Riles, WR, Louisiana Lafayette (New Orleans Bowl)
Riles' 55 catches were by far the most for the Rajin' Cajuns this year. Oh, and he threw one pass as well, resulting in a touchdown.
Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan (Miami Beach Bowl)
A four-year starter, Rush threw for 23 touchdowns this season, including six against UNLV.
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Dane Evans, QB, Tulsa (Miami Beach Bowl)
Evans wasn't too shabby this season, either, tossing 27 touchdown passes. He threw at least two touchdowns in each of the Golden Hurricane's final six games.
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Anthony Wales, RB, Western Kentucky (Boca Raton Bowl)
There were plenty of big performers on the Hilltoppers this year, but Wales might have had a bigger season than anyone. His 24 rushing touchdowns were second in the country, and the most among running backs.
Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis (Boca Raton Bowl)
The former Tennessee signal-caller had a season to remember in Memphis. He threw for 28 touchdowns, including four in a season-ending win over Houston in Tom Herman's final game with the Cougars.
Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU (Poinsettia Bowl)
Williams rushed for over 1,100 yards this year, and that is even more impressive when you consider that he missed three games.
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Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming (Poinsettia Bowl)
Think Williams' numbers were good? How about Hill's? His 1,767 yards were fourth-most in FBS football this season.
Trent Cowan, WR, Idaho (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)
Cowan had team highs in both catches (46) and receiving touchdowns (six) in Paul Petrino's high-octane attack.
Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)
Another star receiver, Gallup's ranked in the Top 20 nationally in both receiving yards (1,164 receiving yards) and receiving touchdowns (11).
Pat O'Connor, DE, Eastern Michigan (Bahamas Bowl)
O'Connor had a monster year for Eastern Michigan, leading the Eagles in both sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (12.5).
Ray Lawry, RB, Old Dominion (Bahamas Bowl)
Lawry provided a solid one-two punch with Jeremy Cox all year, finishing with over 1,100 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
Harding tied for the team lead with four interceptions, on his way to be named first team All-MAC on defense.
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State (St. Petersburg Bowl)
Replacing Dak Prescott is a thankless task, but Fitzgerald did a pretty darn good impression this year, tossing for 21 touchdowns and rushing for another 14.
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D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland (Quick Lane Bowl)
The Terps were one of college football's biggest surprises, thanks in large part to Moore, who finished with 38 catches and a team-high six touchdown grabs.
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College (Quick Lane Bowl)
Landry quietly had as impressive a season as anyone in college football this year, leading the country in forced fumbles (seven). His 15 sacks were also tied for the most in college football along with Florida State's DeMarcus Walker.
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Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State (Independence Bowl)
Chubb wasn't too shabby along the defensive line, either. His 20.5 tackles for loss were fourth in all of college football.
Williams' story is well known, but no less incredible regardless of matter how many times you hear it. After quitting football early in the season, he returned to the Utes and finished the season with over 1,000 yards rushing.
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M (Texas Bowl)
Garrett was hampered a bit by injuries this year. But that still didn't stop him from making FOX Sports' All-American Team. It also won't stop him from being a Top 5 pick in the next NFL Draft.
Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State (Texas Bowl)
Willis was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, after finishing with 16.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
Jake Bentley, QB, South Carolina (Birmingham Bowl)
The Gamecocks finished strong thanks to Bentley, who took over as starter midway through the season. While his stats aren't overwhelming, the Gamecocks went 4-2 with him under center.
Quinton Flowers, QB, South Florida (Birmingham Bowl)
Willie Taggart's loss is Charlie Strong's gain, as Flowers will be back in Tampa next season after tallying 37 total touchdowns this season.
It's only appropriate that the Razorbacks have an offensive lineman on this list, and Skipper earned All-SEC honors this year. His most notable play was a blocked field goal against TCU that forced overtime.
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Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado (Alamo Bowl)
Liufau's numbers won't amaze you, but he was the backbone behind one of college football's best stories this season. He threw for 11 touchdowns and rushed for another seven.
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Travin Howard, LB, TCU (Liberty Bowl)
An All-Big 12 performer at linebacker, Howard's 125 tackles ranked sixth nationally.
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Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia (Liberty Bowl)
No player will benefit more from bowl season than Eason, a true freshman who tossed 14 touchdowns this year.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford (Sun Bowl)
McCaffrey's track record speaks for itself, so there's no need to repeat stats here. Just enjoy him while you can, college football fans, because he'll go pro after this game.
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Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina (Sun Bowl)
Trubisky is garnering first-round NFL Draft buzz after tossing for 3,400 yards and 28 touchdowns this season.
With top wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp out of this game with a knee injury, even more of the burden will rest on Armstrong, who finished with 22 total touchdowns.
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Randy Allen, DE, South Alabama (Arizona Bowl)
Allen's 11.5 sacks tied with Kansas State's Jordan Willis (also on this list) for eighth nationally.
Timothy McVey, RB, Air Force (Arizona Bowl)
McVey finished with 10 rushing touchdowns in Air Force's triple-option attack.
Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan (Orange Bowl)
Jabrill Peppers is obviously the guy here, so instead let's go somewhere different. His stats - 5.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss - don't blow you off the page. But if you actually watch Michigan, no one makes more big plays on this defense.
Yeah, we're guessing you've heard of the Heisman Trophy winner and have a pretty good idea what he's done this year. Got it? Good. Let's move on.
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Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (Citrus Bowl)
With Leonard Fournette's college career officially over, Derrius Guice will get the bulk of the carries for the Tigers at the Citrus Bowl. And no worries, LSU will be in good hands; he rushed for over 1,200 yards this year and set a school record with 285 yards rushing against Texas A&M a few weeks back.
Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech (TaxSlayer Bowl)
The man in charge of Georgia Tech's triple-option attack was again dynamic, throwing for eight touchdowns and rushing for five more.
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Stanley 'Boom' Williams, RB, Kentucky (TaxSlayer Bowl)
The man they call "Boom" again brought the hurt to opposing defenses, with over 1,100 yards rushing this season.
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Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida (Outback Bowl)
Don't be fooled by his relatively small stats; opposing offenses simply refused to throw Tabor's way. He will very likely be a first-round pick in this year's draft.
Desmond King, CB, Iowa (Outback Bowl)
Another All-American-caliber corner. And another potential first-round pick. Throw King's way at your own risk.
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Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (Cotton Bowl)
The Biletnikoff Award finalist finished with 91 catches this season.
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin (Cotton Bowl)
The First-Team FOX Sports All-American could be a first-round pick this year. Not bad for a guy who started his career at UW-Platteville.
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Adoree Jackson, CB, USC (Rose Bowl)
Jackson was a triple threat -- on offense, defense and special teams. But corner is where he'll play at the next level; he was this year's Thorpe Award winner.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (Rose Bowl)
After back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons, Barkley should be a Heisman favorite going into next year.
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Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma (Sugar Bowl)
On an offense that features another Heisman finalist, a 1,000-yard rushers (and a 974-yard rusher), we could have gone with a number of players here. But it's Westbrook, who won this year's Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wide receiver.
Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn (Sugar Bowl)
When Pettway was on the field this season, he was a beast, tallying at least 100 yards rushing in six of eight games he played.