Many top-rated high school prospects have had to take a detour to the juco ranks before playing Division I ball. That's been the case for several Alabama standouts, whose success has been shaped by going down the more difficult path.
FSU defensive back Lamarcus Joyner's vicious hit during a scrimmage left receiver Willie Haulstead reeling from a concussion for months -- and has helped Joyner adjust his aggressive manner on the field.
After a rocky 2010, Georgia's D-line beefed up in 2011 and made things tough for opposing offenses up the middle. This season, with a good bit more depth, John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers anchor a potentially lethal pass-rushing attack.