Collegiate player poll
Each season, there is an informal player poll to determine the best active collegiate player to accompany the team poll. Ballots are typically held at the end of the year and have been run by Mike Cheyne since 2011.
As of the 2019 poll, there are 121 players who have been ranked in the top 25. Six players have ever been ranked first: Matt Bollinger (4 times), Andrew Yaphe (3*), Jordan Brownstein (2), Jacob Reed (2), Jerry Vinokurov (1), and Mike Sorice (1).
A spreadsheet comparing every player who has ever ranked can be found here.
Multiple parties have made rankings of collegiate players that were not polls.
In 2005, the user "Martin Faber" posted the "Definitive Greatest Players List"; it was written by "A" and "Z", pseudonyms for Andrew Yaphe and Zeke Berdichevsky. The original forum post has been lost.
In 2016, Martin Faber returned once more to post "25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players", which featured "favorite moments" for everyone who was ranked.
Also in 2016, Mike Cheyne posted The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranking, which was his personal ranking of (roughly) all the players that had appeared in polls between 2009 and 2016.
The 2019 poll ranked Jacob Reed 1st for the second time after Yale won their second consecutive ICT; Yale tied for 17th at ACF Nats when Reed was unable to attend due to the tournament falling on Palm Sunday.
The 2016 poll marked Jordan Brownstein being crowning unanimously as the best player in the nation for the first time, unseating previous champion Matt Bollinger, who graduated at the end of 2015. This came after Jordan scored a supermajority of the points on the Maryland team that placed 4th at both ICT and ACF Nats.
The 2015 poll finished with Matt Bollinger earning his fourth and final first place ranking after again winning ICT. Unlike the previous year, the vote was not unanimous. One ballot listed Eric Mukherjee in first instead after he led Penn to the team's and his own first title at ACF Nats - Matt's Virginia had placed fourth in a tie with Stanford. Nevertheless, this gave Matt the most 1st place rankings of any player in the history of the player polls; this record still stands.
In the 2014 poll, Matt Bollinger is voted unanimously into his third crown as the best player in the nation after winning ICT while scoring more powers than the entire second place Yale team combined and going undefeated at ACF Nats; this tied him with Andrew Yaphe for the most 1st place rankings.
Perennial rival of Bollinger Matt Jackson receives his final ranking at 3rd after bringing Yale to second at both ICT and ACF Nationals, snagging the undergrad titles along the way.
Matt Jackson earns 2nd after winning ICT.
The poll sees Matt Bollinger narrowly win first over Eric Mukherjee - after exactly tying in points, Matt placed higher because one ballot only ranked him and Eric, in that order. Matt had led the ICT-winning Virginia team in scoring, as well as leading the field in powers (albeit with two additional games played over most other players).
Ike Jose was ranked 5th for leading the second place at ICT Illinois team.
Joshua Alman was mentioned on three ballots, though no votes were cast for him, after his remarkable performances at SCT and ICT. It was later revealed that Alman had obtained the questions beforehand and was cheating at both tournaments.
The 2011 poll
Selene Koo's ranking at 10th is the most recent time that someone who publicly identified as a woman during the time of voting has been voted in the top 25.
The 2009 poll
The original post for the 2008 poll is lost - the records are preserved in a table compiled in 2013.
By earning 7th place, Susan Ferrari became the highest ranked player ever to have publicly identified as a woman at the time of voting.
The first year that Chris Ray was ranked (22th), as well as the first year for Eric Mukherjee (6th). Chris now has the record for the most times ranked, the most times ranked consecutively, and the longest ongoing streak (12), as he has been ranked in every poll since; Eric was tied for all of these records until his retirement in 2018 and was never ranked below Chris.
The inaugural player poll has ambiguous results - Seth Teitler was awarded first over Matt Weiner but two of the six submitted ballots failed to rank Andrew Yaphe because of confusion about eligibility.