College Football 2014: Preseason All-American and All-Conference Teams

The college football world experienced a devastating depletion of talent this offseason, which included a record 98 underclassmen who declared early for the 2014 NFL draft. Gone are big-name stars such as Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Teddy Bridgewater and many of the other top performers from the 2013 season.

Though the sport lost an almost unprecedented amount of star power, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many returning players who are worthy of praise and recognition. Defending Heisman-winner Jameis Winston is the sport’s biggest, most talked-about star, and he’s the face of one of the strongest groups of quarterbacks we’ve seen in quite some time. Still, Winston is just one of the many intriguing talents that will be on display this fall.

Who are the rest?

Here’s a look at the players who are projected to be college football’s top performers in 2014.

All-American: First-Team Offense

QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State

RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor

TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan

OT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
OT: Cameron Erving, Florida State
OG: Tre Jackson, Florida State
OG: Laken Tomlinson, Duke
OC: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State   

Jameis Winston often thanks god for blessing him with his rare physical abilities. After witnessing Winston’s dazzling debut campaign in 2013, it’s obvious that god must have been in a generous mood the day he created Famous Jameis.

Winston, a multi-sport star who is currently suiting up for Florida State’s baseball team, is a true athletic marvel.

During his first season as a starter in 2013, the former 5-star recruit from Alabama became college football’s new cover boy, emerging as the sport’s latest breakout star signal-caller. His Heisman-winning performance—in which he threw for over 4,000 yards, accounted for 44 touchdowns and led the Seminoles to an undefeated record and a BCS title—wasn’t just one of the best introductory seasons ever, it was one of the greatest individual achievements in college football history.

RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia   

Todd Gurley’s performance during his first two seasons at Georgia has drawn comparisons to former legendary Bulldog rusher Herschel Walker. Though Gurley’s not yet reached Walker’s elite level of dominance, Walker himself has been impressed with the young back, telling the August Chronicle that Gurley is an “incredible back.”

The 6’1”, 232-pound junior is a bulldozing back who isn’t just any ordinary power back. He has the speed and quickness to create big plays any time the ball is in his hands. In 24 games of action, Gurley has totaled 2,373 rushing yards on 387 touches (6.1 yards per carry), caught 53 passes for 558 yards and scored 33 touchdowns.

He and teammate Keith Marshall will form the best running back duo in the country in 2014.

RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin   

Wisconsin doesn’t only have a rich recent history of producing top-of-the-line offensive line prospects, Madison’s also been home to many prolific rushers in recent years as well. After playing third-wheel behind Montee Ball and James White in 2012, and then deferring carries to White last season, Melvin Gordon is now the latest Badger back who is ready to carve his name into the program’s record book.

Gordon’s play bordered on astounding in 2013, as he rushed for 1,609 yards on just 206 carries (7.8 YPC) and scored 12 touchdowns.

Foregoing the chance to be the first running back taken in this year’s NFL draft was certainly a risk. Ultimately, if the reward is a 2014 Heisman, it’ll indeed prove to be a wise decision.

WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama   

Julio Jones’ first two seasons at Alabama: 101 catches, 1,520 yards and eight touchdowns.

Amari Cooper’s first two seasons at Alabama: 103 catches, 1,735 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The 6’1”, 202-pound Cooper may not be the same type of physically intimidating presence as Jones was during his days in Tuscaloosa, but he’s proven that he can produce at a high level in a No. 1 receiving role just like his predecessor.

Though the Miami native will suffer from having a new quarterback to build chemistry with, that shouldn’t stop Cooper from producing at a high level once again in 2014. Like Jones, he’ll enter his junior year dealing with the pressure of being anointed as a potential first-round NFL draft prospect.

WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor   

Baylor’s latest speedy home-run playmaker: WR Antwan Goodley was one of the key weapons for a Bear offense that ranked first in the nation in scoring and fifth in the country in passing offense in 2013. Following in the footsteps of recent standouts such as Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams and Josh Gordon, Goodley developed into a dangerous receiving weapon as a junior, catching 71 passes for 1,339 yards and 13 touchdowns.

His 14 catches of over 30 yards tied for third in the country, while his 18.8 yards per catch average ranked 13th nationally.

The 5’10”, 220-pound senior is a thick, strong and highly gifted pass-catcher who can create momentum-swinging, game-changing plays in an instant. Goodley will once again be QB Bryce Petty’s go-to target in 2014.

TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan   

The college football world lost a trio of tremendously talented underclassmen tight ends—Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. All three declared early for the 2014 NFL draft, which means Devin Funchess now deserves to be recognized as the new best tight end in college football.

Funchess possesses the complete physical skills package that most tight ends can only dream of. The 6’5”, 235-pound junior used his rare size-speed combination to his advantage in 2013, when he hauled in 49 catches for 748 yards and six touchdowns.

The big, athletic TE is a frightening matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, and he’s the type of receiving weapon that Michigan will rely on heavily yet again this fall.

OT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M   

 Throughout his time at Texas A&M, Cedric Ogbuehi has always been overshadowed by fellow Aggie offensive linemen Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel. That’s understandable considering how highly regarded both Matthews and Joeckel were as collegiate players.

Now, though, with Matthews gone, Ogbuehi will finally have the opportunity to show off his skills and shine as the featured blocker of A&M’s offensive line. The remarkably athletic 6’5”, 300-pound senior should be ready to make the most of his one year in the spotlight, as he’s expected to switch from right tackle to the all-important left side to fill in for the departed Matthews.

Ogbuehi is arguably the most athletic lineman in college football, and he’s the type of gifted physical specimen that will have NFL scouts buzzing. Though he reportedly received a first-round grade from the draft advisory board, the talented tackle made the decision to return to College Station for his senior year in order to continue to pursue his degree and to continue to improve his already soaring stock.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Ogbuehi ultimately ends up developing into an even better pro prospect than his former teammates Matthews and Joeckel.

OT: Cameron Erving, Florida State   

Jameis Winston may have received all the glory and the praise for his Heisman-worthy performance in 2013. Still, even Winston will admit that he couldn’t have accomplished all that he did without the help of his blindside bodyguard: left tackle Cameron Erving. 

Erving looked outstanding during his second year as a starter, as he stepped into a leadership role and played a pivotal role in the Seminoles’ success in the trenches. The incredibly nimble and agile 6’6”, 320-pound former defensive tackle not only helped keep Winston safe, he also helped to open up some huge holes for a rushing attack that averaged 5.6 yards per carry, which ranked 10th in the country.

After foregoing the chance to potentially be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, Erving will return to lead a loaded Florida State front-five which is shaping up to be college football’s best offensive line in 2014.

OG: Tre Jackson, Florida State   

Cameron Erving may be the leader of Florida State’s offensive line, but he isn’t the only standout the unit features. Like Erving, OG Tre Jackson has also separated himself from the crowd and proven that he’s one of the top-flight talents at his position.

After turning heads during his first season as a starter in 2012, Jackson took his game to another level in 2013. The 6’4”, 330-pound overwhelmed opposing defenders with his size, strength, nastiness and nearly flawless technique.

Jackson is a complete guard who excels in every facet of the game. After earning first-team All-ACC honors this past season, the massive mauler will now be looking to show off his skills on the national stage in 2014, playing for the defending champion Seminoles.

OG: Laken Tomlinson, Duke   

After escaping a poverty-stricken childhood in his homeland of Jamaica, Laken Tomlinson decided to take up football when he arrived in the United States. It was at Lane Tech in Chicago where Tomlinson blossomed from a raw project into a coveted recruit due to his unique blend of size, power and natural athleticism.

If you just followed Tomlinson’s collegiate career, however, you’d probably never suspect that just a few years ago he was a complete novice to the sport. That’s because the 6’3”, 320-pound senior has consistently been one of the top blockers in the country ever since his Freshman All-American campaign in 2011.

Tomlinson has the potential to develop into one of the top guard prospects in the 2015 NFL draft class. Few other linemen in college football possess the type of natural physical ability that he has to offer.

OC: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon   

Durable, reliable and dependable are all great ways to describe Hroniss Grasu, who has started 40 straight games since taking over starting center duties as a redshirt freshman back in 2011. During Grasu’s three years leading the way as the linchpin of Oregon’s offensive line, the Ducks have routinely had one of the most potent rushing attacks in college football.

The 6’3”, 297-pound senior has flourished in the team’s primarily zone-blocking scheme, and he’s helped open up huge holes for the Ducks’ dangerous offensive weapons to burst through.

You could easily make the argument that Grasu deserved to win the Rimington Trophy in 2013, since there wasn’t another center in the sport who could compare to him this past season. Ultimately, though, losing out on the award should help the veteran centerpiece of Oregon’s front-five stay hungry and motivated throughout the offseason, which means we should expect his best season yet in 2014.

All-American: First-Team Defense

DT: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DT: Christian Covington, Rice
DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DE: Leonard Williams, USC

LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
LB: Ramik Wilson, Georgia
LB: Myles Jack, UCLA

CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
S: Derron Smith, Fresno State
S: Anthony Harris, Virginia

DT: Michael Bennett, Ohio State   

After losing all four starting defensive linemen from the 2012 season, Ohio State desperately needed a new defensive line leader to emerge in 2013. Luckily, DT Michael Bennett was up for the challenge, as he became the new primary chaos-causer in the trenches.

Bennett turned out to be an active run-stuffer as well as a valuable pass-rusher in the interior. The 6’3”, 285-pound senior racked up seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles and helped the Buckeyes rank ninth nationally in run defense.

Since both LB Ryan Shazier and CB Bradley Roby opted to head off to the NFL a year early, Bennett will now be counted on to be the true heart and soul of the Ohio State defense in 2014.

DT: Christian Covington, Rice   

Following in the footsteps of Ezekiel Ansah, Bjoern Werner, Brent Urban, Margus Hunt and Jesse Williams, Christian Covington is the latest foreign-born defensive lineman to excel against the highest level of competition American college football has to offer. The Canadian native has been one of the fiercest and most tenacious interior defenders in the country for the past two seasons. 

The 6’3”, 295-pound junior has totaled 102 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss, 64 solo stops and nine sacks. The genetics that his father, CFL legend Grover Covington, handed down to him have been well evident.

2014 is the season Covington will go from just being one of the most feared defenders in Conference USA to being one of the most talked-about tackles in the nation. He could be this year’s Aaron Donald.

DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State   

Michigan State’s defense featured plenty of big names in 2013, but no Spartan defender had a bigger breakout campaign than DE Shilique Calhoun. The 6’4”, 250-pound junior totaled 7.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, 34 quarterback hits and 14 tackles for loss during his first season as a full-time starter. 

Calhoun earned the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year award along with numerous All-American honors for his performance last fall. Now, he’ll enter the upcoming season with the goal of cementing his status as a top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The 6’4”, 250-pound edge-rusher is loaded with potential. If he figures it all out in 2014, Calhoun will be a very scary presence on the edge of the Spartans’ defensive front.

DE: Leonard Williams, USC   

Last October, Ed Orgeron said that Leonard Williams was destined to be a “first-round pick” one day. Orgeron was right, but he forgot to mention the part about Williams being a legitimate contender to be the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. 

The 6’5”, 290-pound junior racked up 73 tackles, including 31 solo stops, 12.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2013.

If he puts together the type of dominant junior performance he’s capable of, Williams has a chance to be remembered as the best defensive lineman in USC history.

LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State   

In basic terms, Benardrick McKinney is big, fast and mean.

The 6’5”, 235-pound junior is a powerful and physical playmaker who has the speed to make plays all over the field.

McKinney has totaled 172 tackles, including 87 solo stops, in his first two seasons. He appears to be on the fast track to becoming the SEC’s next prominent star linebacker.

Mississippi State is one of the off-the-radar teams to watch out for in 2014, and No. 50 will be the Bulldogs’ must-watch player. He’s the most complete linebacker in college football.

LB: Ramik Wilson, Georgia   

During his two seasons as a starter at Georgia, Jarvis Jones was one of the top impact defensive difference-makers in college football. Losing Jones was obviously a huge blow to the Bulldogs defense. But fortunately, Ramik Wilson stepped up in a huge way in 2013 and took over as the unit’s new leader.

This past season, Wilson led the SEC with 133 tackles, including a league-high 76 solo stops, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. The 6’2”, 232-pound senior displayed the same type of instincts, natural playmaking ability and non-stop motor as Jones did during his days in Athens.

New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has to be happy that he has a centerpiece cornerstone leader like Wilson to build his defense around for 2014.

LB: Myles Jack, UCLA   

After breaking ground by becoming the first player in Pac-12 history to win both the conference’s Offensive Freshman Player of the Year and Defensive Freshman Player of the Year awards, it will be interesting to see what Myles Jack has in store for an encore in 2014.

Jack proved that he could be a game-changer on both sides of the ball during his debut season. The versatile and ultra-athletic former 4-star recruit averaged seven yards per carry and rushed for seven touchdowns as a running back while adding 76 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions as a linebacker.

Though Jack has proven to be a capable rushing threat, it’s likely that he’ll primarily focus on defensive duties in the future, especially considering UCLA has to replace two top-notch linebackers: Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt.

With Barr and Zumwalt both gone, the explosive 6’1”, 225-pound sophomore will have an opportunity to show the college football world that he has what it takes to not only be an elite playmaker but a key defensive leader as well.

Jack’s one of the sport’s fastest rising young stars. He has as high of a ceiling as any other player in the country.

CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida   

The SEC has annually been home to some of the top cornerbacks in college football, including recent big-name standouts such as Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Joe Haden and Morris Claiborne.

The conference’s next great cornerback is Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III.

As a true freshman, VHIII was the standout of a star-studded secondary, which also included soon-to-be NFL draft picks Jaylen Watkins, Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy. The 5’11”, 192-pound sophomore totaled 26 solo tackles, picked off three passes and broke up another 11 throws. He was also the most consistent cover corner for a secondary that ranked seventh nationally in pass defense.

With his heralded teammates now gone, Hargreaves will have the stage to show off his true lock down cover ability in 2014.

CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon   

Oregon’s high-powered offensive attack has captivated college football fans to such a degree that the Ducks defense often gets overshadowed, no matter how well the unit plays. This past season, while the offense was lighting up scoreboards, the Oregon secondary was quietly shutting down opposing pass attacks, ranking third in the nation with an average of just 5.5 yards per pass allowed.

Though the defensive backfield lost three key starters: CB Terrance Mitchell and safeties Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson, the team’s best defensive back—CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu—has returned to lead the secondary yet again.

After putting together an outstanding junior campaign, in which he totaled 84 tackles and picked off three passes, Ekpre-Olomu could have potentially been a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Ultimately, though, he couldn’t pass up the chance to shut down overmatched college receivers for one more year.

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S: Derron Smith, Fresno State   

Fresno State’s potent passing attack, led by QB Derek Carr and WR Davante Adams, was generating all the headlines in 2013. However, the Bulldogs also got a buzz-worthy performance from their top playmaker on the defensive side of the ball: safety Derron Smith. 

Smith earned first-team All-Mountain West honors for the second year in a row after leading the conference with seven interceptions and totaling 87 tackles, including 60 solo stops, four sacks and eight tackles for loss.

The 5’11”, 200-pound senior is a fast, physical and highly instinctive ball-hawk in the secondary, and he’s the type of leader that an entire defense can rally around.

With Carr and Adams both headed to the NFL, the Bulldogs “D” will have to step up and pick up some of the slack in 2014. Luckily, Smith should have the unit ready for the challenge.

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S: Anthony Harris, Virginia   

Anthony Harris’ breakout performance in 2013 was one of the few bright spots of Virginia’s otherwise forgettable two-win campaign. Though his team may have been dreadful and completely off the national radar, Harris still managed to make folks take notice off his skills with his spectacular showcase season.

The 6’1”, 190-pound senior earned first-team All-ACC accolades as well as numerous All-American honors after leading the nation with eight interceptions and totaling 80 tackles. Harris displayed a drastic improvement in coverage, as he finally figured out how to let his natural instincts and recognition skills take over.

It’s rare to see a safety at the college level who has the combination of size, speed, playmaking ability, coverage awareness and ball skills that Harris has to offer. He’s a special specimen who has the skills that will translate very well to the next level.

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All-American: Second-Team Offense

QB: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

RB: TJ Yeldon, Alabama
RB: Mike Davis, South Carolina

WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
WR: Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

TE: Nick O’Leary, Florida State

OT: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OT: Andrus Peat, Stanford
OG: AJ Cann, South Carolina
OG: Cyril Lemon, North Texas
OC: Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State

All-American: Second-Team Defense

DT: Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DT: Carl Davis, Iowa
DE: Vic Beasley, Clemson
DE: Randy Gregory, Nebraska

LB: Hayes Pullard, USC
LB: Denzel Perryman, Miami
LB: A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

CB: Blake Countess, Michigan
CB: Lorenzo Doss, Tulane
S: Jordan Richards, Stanford
S: Sam Carter, TCU

All-American: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Bryce Petty, Baylor

RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

WR: Nelson Agholor, USC

TE: Wes Saxton, South Alabama

OT: Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

OG: Jamil Douglas, Arizona State

OC: BJ Finney, Kansas State

DT: Chucky Hunter, TCU

DE: Cedric Reed, Texas

LB: Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

CB: Marcus Peters, Washington

S: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

K: Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

KR: Ty Montgomery, Stanford

PR: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

ACC: First-Team Offense

QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State

RB: Karlos Williams, Florida State
RB: Duke Johnson, Miami

WR: Rashad Greene, Florida State
WR: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

TE: Nick O’Leary, Florida State

OT: Cameron Erving, Florida State
OT: Sean Hickey, Syracuse
OG: Tre Jackson, Florida State
OG: Laken Tomlinson, Duke
OC: Jake Smith, Louisville

ACC: First-Team Defense

DE: Vic Beasley, Clemson
DE: Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
DT: Grady Jarrett, Clemson
DT: Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech

LB: Denzel Perryman, Miami
LB: Jabari Hunt-Days, Georgia Tech
LB: Kelby Brown, Duke

CB: Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
CB: Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
S: Anthony Harris, Virginia
S: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

ACC: Second-Team Offense

QB: Anthony Boone, Duke

RB: Kevin Parks, Virginia
RB: Dominique Brown, Louisville

WR: Jamison Crowder, Duke
WR: Quinshad Davis, North Carolina

TE: Jake McGee, Virginia

OT: Jonathan McLaughlin, Virginia Tech
OT: Bobby Hart, Florida State
OG: Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech
OG: Josue Matias, Florida State
OC: Andy Gallik, Boston College

ACC: Second-Team Defense

DT: Thomas Teal, NC State
DT: Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech
DE: Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State
DE: Anthony Chickillo, Miami

LB: Stephone Anthony, Clemson
LB: Terrance Smith, Florida State
LB: Norkeithus Otis, North Carolina

CB: P.J. Williams, Florida State
CB: Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech
S: Jeremy Cash, Duke
S: Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech

ACC: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Marquise Williams, North Carolina

RB: Trey Edmunds, Virginia Tech

WR: DeVante Parker, Louisville

TE: Clive Walford, Miami

OT: Jon Heck, North Carolina

OG: Landon Turner, North Carolina

OC: David Wang, Virginia Tech

DT: Jamal Bruce, Duke

DE: Corey Crawford, Clemson

LB: Dyshawn Davis, Syracuse

CB: Charles Gaines, Louisville

S: Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest

K: Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

P: A.J Hughes, Virginia Tech

KR: DeVon Edwards, Duke

PR: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

Big Ten: First-Team Offense

QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State

RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska

TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan

OT: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OT: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
OG: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
OG: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
OC: Austin Blythe, Iowa

Big Ten: First-Team Defense

DT: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DT: Carl Davis, Iowa
DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DE: Randy Gregory, Nebraska

LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Matt Robinson, Maryland

CB: Blake Countess, Michigan
CB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
S: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
S: Corey Cooper, Nebraska

Big Ten: Second-Team Offense

QB: Connor Cook, Michigan State

RB: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
RB: Tevin Coleman, Indiana

WR: Devin Smith, Ohio State
WR: Shane Wynn, Indiana

TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State

OT: Jack Conklin, Michigan State
OT: Donovan Smith, Penn State
OG: Andrew Zeller, Maryland
OG: Miles Dieffenbach, Penn State
OC: Jack Allen, Michigan State

Big Ten: Second-Team Defense

DT: Darius Hamilton, Rutgers
DT: Louis Trinca-Pasat, Iowa
DE: Noah Spence, Ohio State
DE: Andre Monroe, Maryland

LB: David Santos, Nebraska
LB: Mason Monheim, Illinois
LB: Desmond Morgan, Michigan

CB: Tim Bennett, Indiana
CB: Doran Grant, Ohio State
S: Adrian Amos, Penn State
S: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

Big Ten: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Devin Gardner, Michigan

RB: Venric Mark, Northwestern

WR: Christian Jones, Northwestern

TE: Tyler Kroft, Rutgers

OT: Tyler Marz, Wisconsin

OG: Kyle Kalis, Michigan

OC: Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern

DT: Darius Kilgo, Maryland

DE: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

LB: Mike Hull, Penn State

CB: Desmond King, Iowa

S: Earnest Thomas III, Illinois

K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

KR: Akeem Hunt, Purdue

PR: Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa

Big 12: First-Team Offense

QB: Bryce Petty, Baylor

RB: Desmond Roland, Oklahoma State
RB: Shock Linwood, Baylor

WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor
WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

TE: E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

OT: Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech
OT: Spencer Drango, Baylor
OG: Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
OG: Quinton Spain, West Virginia
OC: B.J. Finney, Kansas State

Big 12: First-Team Defense

DT: Chucky Hunter, TCU
DT: Malcom Brown, Texas
DE: Cedric Reed, Texas
DE: Ryan Mueller, Kansas State

LB: Bryce Hager, Baylor
LB: Eric Striker, Oklahoma
LB: Ben Heeney, Kansas

CB: Quandre Diggs, Texas
CB: Kevin White, TCU
S: Sam Carter, TCU
S: Karl Joseph, West Virginia

Big 12: Second-Team Offense

QB: Trevor Knight, Oklahoma

RB: Malcolm Brown, Texas
RB: B.J. Catalan, TCU

WR: Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
WR: Levi Norwood, Baylor

TE: Jimmy Mundine, Kansas

OT: Daryl Williams, Oklahoma
OT: Devin Davis, Oklahoma State
OG: Ngalu Fusimalohi, Kansas
OG: Desmine Hilliard, Baylor
OC: Dominic Espinosa, Texas

Big 12: Second-Team Defense

DT: James Castleman, Oklahoma State
DT: Rodney Coe, Iowa State
DE: Charles Tapper, Oklahoma
DE: Shawn Oakman, Baylor

LB: Steve Edmond, Texas
LB: Frank Shannon, Oklahoma
LB: Nick Kwiatkoski, West Virginia

CB: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
CB: Nigel Tribune, Iowa State
S: Chris Hackett, TCU
S: Quentin Hayes, Oklahoma

Big 12: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: JW Walsh, Oklahoma State

RB: Devin Chafin, Baylor

WR: Jaxon Shipley, Texas

TE: Blake Bell, Oklahoma

OT: Desmond Harrison, Texas

OG: Mark Glowinski, West Virginia

OC: Tom Farniok, Iowa State

DT: Andrew Billings, Baylor

DE: Devonte Fields, TCU

LB: Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma

CB: Tyler Patmon, Oklahoma State

S: Isaiah Johnson, Kansas

K: Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma

P: Spencer Roth, Baylor

KR: Corey Coleman, Baylor

PR: Levi Norwood, Baylor

Pac-12: First-Team Offense

QB: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

RB: Byron Marshall, Oregon
RB: Javorius Allen, USC

WR: Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
WR: Nelson Agholor, USC

TE: Connor Hamlett, Oregon State

OT: Andrus Peat, Stanford
OT: Jake Fisher, Oregon
OG: Jamil Douglas, Arizona State
OG: Max Tuerk, USC
OC: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

Pac-12: First-Team Defense

DT: Danny Shelton, Washington
DT: David Parry, Stanford
DE: Leonard Williams, USC
DE: Henry Anderson, Stanford

LB: Myles Jack, UCLA
LB: Hayes Pullard, USC
LB: Derrick Malone, Oregon

CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
CB: Marcus Peters, Washington
S: Jordan Richards, Stanford
S: Su’a Cravens, USC

Pac-12: Second-Team Offense

QB: Brett Hundley, UCLA

RB: Storm Woods, Oregon State
RB: D.J. Foster, Arizona State

WR: Ty Montgomery, Stanford
WR: Kasen Williams, Washington

TE: Caleb Smith, Oregon State

OT: Tyler Johnstone, Oregon
OT: Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah
OG: Malcolm Bunche, UCLA
OG: Dexter Charles, Washington
OC: Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State

Pac-12: Second-Team Defense

DT: Antwaun Woods, USC
DT: Jaxon Hood, Arizona State
DE: Tony Washington, Oregon
DE: Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington

LB: Shaq Thompson, Washington
LB: Eric Kendricks, UCLA
LB: Addison Gillam, Colorado

CB: Josh Shaw, USC
CB: Steven Nelson, Oregon State
S: Jared Tevis, Arizona
S: Anthony Jefferson, UCLA

Pac-12: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Kevin Hogan, Stanford

RB: Michael Adkins, Colorado

WR: Chris Harper, California

TE: Randall Telfer, USC

OT: Micah Hatchie, Washington

OG: Alex Redmond, UCLA

OC: Jake Brendel, UCLA

DT: Arik Armstead, Oregon

DE: Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA

LB: AJ Tarpley, Stanford

CB: Wayne Lyons, Stanford

S: Ryan Murphy, Oregon State

K: Andy Phillips, Utah

P: Tom Hackett, Utah

KR: Ty Montgomery, Stanford

PR: Bralon Addison, Oregon

SEC: First-Team Offense

QB: Nick Marshall, Auburn

RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB: TJ Yeldon, Alabama

WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR: Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

TE: O.J. Howard, Alabama

OT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
OT: La’El Collins, LSU
OG: AJ Cann, South Carolina
OG: Arie Kouandjio, Alabama
OC: Reese Dismukes, Auburn

SEC: First-Team Defense

DT: Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DT: Gabe Wright, Auburn
DE: Trey Flowers, Arkansas
DE: A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama

LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
LB: Ramik Wilson, Georgia
LB: A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
CB: Damian Swann, Georgia
S: Landon Collins, Alabama
S: Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

SEC: Second-Team Offense

QB: Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

RB: Mike Davis, South Carolina
RB: Alex Collins, Arkansas

WR: Sammie Coates, Auburn
WR: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

TE: Hunter Henry, Arkansas

OT: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
OT: Brandon Shell, South Carolina
OG: Alex Kozan, Auburn
OG: Justin Bell, Ole Miss
OC: David Andrews, Georgia

SEC: Second-Team Defense

DT: Isaac Gross, Ole Miss
DT: Darius Philon, Arkansas
DE: Markus Golden, Missouri
DE: Ray Drew, Georgia

LB: Amarlo Herrera, Georgia
LB: Trey Depriest, Alabama
LB: Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

CB: Jalen Mills, LSU
CB: Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M
S: Ronald Martin, LSU
S: Tony Conner, Ole Miss

SEC: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Jeff Driskel, Florida

RB: Derrick Henry, Alabama

WR: Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State

TE: Rory Anderson, South Carolina

OT: Andrew Jelks, Vanderbilt

OG: Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

OC: Ryan Kelly, Alabama

DT: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

DE: Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

LB: Dante Fowler Jr., Florida

CB: Cameron Sutton, Tennessee

S: Braylon Webb, Missouri

K: Marshall Morgan, Georgia

P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

KR: Trey Williams, Texas A&M

PR: Christion Jones, Alabama

AAC: First-Team Offense

QB: Shane Carden, East Carolina

RB: Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
RB: Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati

WR: Justin Hardy, East Carolina
WR: Deontay Greenberry, Houston

TE: Mike McFarland, South Florida

OT: Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati
OT: Torrian Wilson, UCF
OG: Rowdy Harper, Houston
OG: Ben Hughes, SMU
OC: Alex Mateas, Connecticut

AAC: First-Team Defense

DT: Elkino Watson, South Florida
DT: Demetris Anderson, UCF
DE: Martin Ifedi, Memphis
DE: Silverberry Mouhon, Cincinnati

LB: Tyler Matakevich, Temple
LB: Derrick Matthews, Houston
LB: Terrance Plummer, UCF

CB: Lorenzo Doss, Tulane
CB: Byron Jones, Connecticut
S: Trevon Stewart, Houston
S: Michael Mudoh, Tulsa

AAC: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: John O’Korn, Houston

RB: Ryan Jackson, Houston

WR: Geremy Davis, Connecticut

TE: Sean McQuillan, Connecticut

OT: Chauncey Briggs, SMU

OG: Al Bond, Memphis

OC: Bryce Redman, Houston

DT: Terry Redden, Memphis

DE: Thomas Niles, UCF

LB: Efram Olifant, Houston

CB: Jacoby Glenn, UCF

S: Clayton Geathers, UCF

K: Marvin Kloss, South Florida

P: Peter Picerelli, Tulane

KR: Demarcus Ayers, Houston

PR: Justin Hardy, East Carolina

Conference USA: First-Team Offense

QB: Rakeem Cato, Marshall

RB: Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
RB: Aaron Jones, UTEP

WR: Tommy Shuler, Marshall
WR: Jordan Taylor, Rice

TE: Jonnu Smith, FIU

OT: Braden Lyons, Florida Atlantic
OT: Clint Van Horn, Marshall
OG: Cyril Lemon, North Texas
OG: Scott Inskeep, UTEP
OC: Chris Jasperse, Marshall

Conference-USA: First-Team Defense

DT: Christian Covington, Rice
DT: Brandin Bryant, Florida Atlantic
DE: Diaheem Watkins, UAB
DE: Robert Singletary, UTSA

LB: T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee
LB: Jermaine Holmes, Marshall
LB: Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic

CB: Bryce Callahan, Rice
CB: D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic
S: Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee
S: Triston Wade, UTSA

Conference USA: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion

RB: Jordan Howard, UAB

WR: Jamarcus Nelson, UAB

TE: Kennard Backman, UAB

OT: Darius Johnson, Middle Tennessee

OG: Mason Y’Barbo, North Texas

OC: Kaydon Kirby, North Texas

DT: Adam Williams, Southern Miss

DE: Ra’Shawde Myers, Marshall

LB: Evan McKelvey, Marshall

CB: Le’Vander Liggins, Louisiana Tech

S: Justin Halley, FIU

K: Ty Long, UAB

P: Sean Kelly, Florida Atlantic

KR: Autrey Golden, UTEP

PR: Robert Lohnes, Florida Atlantic

MAC: First-Team Offense

QB: Matt Johnson, Bowling Green

RB: Travis Greene, Bowling Green
RB: Jahwan Edwards, Ball State

WR: Titus Davis, Central Michigan
WR: Jordan Williams, Ball State

TE: Tyreese Russell, Eastern Michigan

OT: Lincoln Hansen, Eastern Michigan
OT: Ryan Brown, Northern Illinois
OG: Greg Mancz, Toledo
OG: Andy Phillips, Central Michigan
OC: Jacob Richard, Ball State

MAC: First-Team Defense

DT: Treyvon Hester, Toledo
DT: Leterrius Walton, Central Michigan
DE: Tarell Basham, Ohio
DE: Jason Meehan, Northern Illinois

LB: Jamaal Bass, Northern Illinois
LB: Junior Sylvestre, Toledo
LB: Justin Cherocci, Central Michigan

CB: Devin Bass, Ohio
CB: Donald Celiscar, Western Michigan
S: Dechane Durante, Northern Illinois
S: Justin Currie, Western Michigan

MAC: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Joe Licata, Buffalo

RB: Bronson Hill, Eastern Michigan

WR: Da’Ron Brown, Northern Illinois

TE: Casey Pierce, Kent State

OT: Jacob Bennett, Bowling Green

OG: Alex Huettel, Bowling Green

OC: Nick Beamish, Central Michigan

DT: Antwan Crutcher, Ohio

DE: Nick Miles, Ball State

LB: Jatavis Brown, Akron

CB: Randall Jette, UMass

S: Chaz Whittaker, Toledo

K: Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo

P: Anthony Melchiori, Kent State

KR: Devin Campbell, Buffalo

PR: Ryan Burbrink, Bowling Green

Mountain West: First-Team Offense

QB: Grant Hedrick, Boise State

RB: Jay Ajayi, Boise State
RB: Kendall Brock, Nevada

WR: Josh Harper, Fresno State
WR: Devante Davis, UNLV

TE: Kivon Cartwright, Colorado State

OT: Brett Boyko, UNLV
OT: Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State
OG: Cody Wichmann, Fresno State
OG: Cameron Jefferson, UNLV
OC: Ben Clarke, Hawaii

Mountain West: First-Team Defense

DT: Tyeler Davison, Fresno State
DT: Travis Raciti, San Jose State
DE: Brock Hekking, Nevada
DE: Eddie Yarbrough, Wyoming

LB: Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
LB: Ejiro Ederaine, Fresno State
LB: Zach Vigil, Utah State

CB: Donte Deayon, Boise State
CB: Brian Suite, Utah State
S: Derron Smith, Fresno State
S: Jeremy Ioane, Boise State

Mountain West: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

RB: Josh Quezada, Fresno State

WR: Matt Miller, Boise State

TE: Billy Freeman, San Jose State

OT: Terry Poole, San Diego State

OG: LaMar Bratton, New Mexico

OC: Jordan Smith, San Diego State

DT: Jordan Hanson, Nevada

DE: B.J. Larsen, Utah State

LB: Jordan Stanton, Wyoming

CB: Bryan Douglas, Boise State

S: Peni Vea, UNLV

K: Austin Lopez, San Jose State

P: Garrett Swanson, Fresno State

KR: Carlos Wiggins, New Mexico

PR: Bruce Natson, Utah State

Sun Belt: First-Team Offense

QB: Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette

RB: Alonzo Harris, Louisiana-Lafayette
RB: Robert Lowe, Texas State

WR: Jamal Robinson, Louisiana-Lafayette
WR: Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana-Monroe

TE: Wes Saxton, South Alabama

OT: Ucambre Williams, South Alabama
OT: Mykhael Quave, Louisiana-Lafayette
OG: Daniel Quave, Louisiana-Lafayette
OG: A.J. Kaplan, Georgia Southern
OC: Bryce Giddens, Arkansas State

Sun Belt: First-Team Defense

DT: Justin Hamilton, Louisiana-Lafayette
DT: Gerrand Johnson, Louisiana-Monroe
DE: Dominique Tovell, Louisiana-Lafayette
DE: Tyler Roberts, Troy

LB: Qushaun Lee, Arkansas State
LB: David Mayo, Texas State
LB: Michael Orakpo, Texas State

CB: Rocky Hayes, Arkansas State
CB: Trevence Patt, Louisiana-Lafayette
S: Terrell Brigham, South Alabama
S: Sterling Young, Arkansas State

Sun Belt: Honorable Mention and Specialists

QB: Tyler Jones, Texas State

RB: Michael Gordon, Arkansas State

WR: Shavarez Smith, South Alabama

TE: Darion Griswold, Arkansas State

OT: Chris May, South Alabama

OG: Terry Johnson, Louisiana-Lafayette

OC: Matt Freeman, Texas State

DT: Dexter Blackmon, Arkansas State

DE: Chris Stone, Arkansas State

LB: Joseph Peterson, Georgia State

CB: Chris Davis, Troy

S: Cordero Smith, Louisiana-Monroe

K: Jason Dann, Texas State

P: Justin Manton, Louisiana-Monroe

KR: Brandon Smith, Texas State

PR: Bryan Holmes, Troy


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