The Top 25 Names In College Football This Year

I've always been obsessed with crazy names.

In 1997, as sports editor of the Northwestern Chronicle, I unveiled my first name team.


I've done it occasionally over the years both at ESPN and CNBC.

With permission of Andy Staples at SI and Spencer Hall of "Every Day Should Be Saturday," two great journalists who have been more fixated on the great names than I have, I asked my Twitter followers to come up with the best names for this year.

Those that nominated a particular player are credited next to the name.

I originally thought I'd break it down by positions, which I have done before, then I thought, in true college football fashion, I'd make two teams of eleven.

In the end I decided to rank like a poll, putting them in order from 1 to 25. Before we get to the list we have to thank the creative parents who came up with these names. In some cases, the player's name listed isn't his given birth name but is eligible because that is the name he goes by. This list was only going to include FBS schools, but I couldn't resist letting one FCS name in at No. 24. You'll see why.

1. Wave Ryder, S, Navy (@mspeedkills)

2. Yourhighness Morgan, FAU (@GoDJThatsMy_DJ)

3. Tank Carder, LB, TCU (@tcumike)

4. Boyblue Aoelua, LB, New Mexico State (@TylerTomea)

5. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois (@WillhiteHerald)

6. Shavodrick Beaver, QB, Midwestern State (@Chuck_Sweet)

7. Spiffy Evans, WR, Boston College (@PEFehn)

8. Mister Cobble, DT, Kentucky (@Sam_Salerno)

9. Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia (@seattlecommish)

10. Aireal Boyd, CB, North Dakota State (@oolong)

11. Skylar Stormo, DE, Washington State (@tristawinnie)

12. Jose Jose, DT, UCF (@LTorbin)

13. Munchie Legaux, QB, Cincinnati (@nheld)

14. Sterling Lovelady, C, Florida State (@chrisnickinson)

15. Thor Jozwiak, OL, South Florida (@javierginart)

16. Terrance Bullit, S, Texas Tech (@Nflem41)

17. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State (@DMascorro58)

18. Bo Moos, DL, Arizona State (@WI2AZ_Schmitty)

19. Derek Slaughter, LB, Nebraska (@jshields34)

20. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU (@JodyRozas)

21. Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB, Northwestern (@hailtopurple)

22. King Holder, DB, San Diego State (@carlisuzy)

23. Konockus Sashington, DB, North Texas (@Chuck_Sweet)

24. Delector Durley Jr., DL, Western Illinois (@JohnWillmott)

25. Silverberry Mouhon, DE, Cincinnati (@LobotC2DFW)

Two Corrections: Shavodrick Beaver is on Midwestern State not Tulsa - and in an earlier version of this post, we misspelled Vontaze Burfict's name. Apologies to the players and their fans.