With the season upon us, it’s time for me to reveal the the 2010 edition of the very prestigious HP All-American team.
1st team: Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
2nd team: Kellen Moore, Boise State
3rd team: Case Keenum, Houston
Honorable Mention: Terrelle Pryor, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Jacory Harris, Andy Dalton, Jerrod Johnson, Andrew Luck
Comments: There are a ton of great candidates for this position, but I think Mallett is poised to have the best season of the bunch. A 4,000-yard, 40 TD season is not out of the question given that he played so well last year and he is now in his third year in the system. Moore is as savvy as they come and his numbers are incredible, while Keenum is simply the most productive quarterback in NCAA history.
1st team: Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
2nd team: Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
3rd team: John Clay, Wisconsin
Honorable Mention: Dion Lewis, Mark Ingram, Daniel Thomas, Noel Devine, Donald Buckram, LaMichael James, Trent Richardson
Comments: I think Williams is the most talented back in the country and he should have another huge year as a sophomore. Rodgers is as versatile as they come, while Clay could be the best Badger back since Ron Dayne.
1st team: Owen Marecic, Stanford
2nd team: Stanley Havili, USC
3rd team: Charles Clay, Tulsa
Comments: We like to pick an All-American fullback here at HP since it is a position on offense in football. Marecic is a classic fullback, a ferocious blocker who will play linebacker as well. Havili has been catching and running with the best of them for what seems like 10 years now. Clay does it all for Tulsa.
1st team: Michael Floyd, Notre Dame; A.J. Green, Georgia
2nd team: James Rodgers, Oregon State; Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
3rd team: Alshon Jeffrey, S. C.; Julio Jones, Alabama
Honorable Mention: DeVier Posey, Jon Baldwin, Darvin Adams, Austin Pettis, Vidal Hazelton, Nelson Rosario, Joe Adams, Terrance Toliver, Leonard Hankerson, Jimmy Young, James Cleveland
Comments: When healthy, Floyd is a dominant college wide receiver. He just physically overpowers opposing defensive backs. A.J. Green has size, speed and great athleticism and is on his way to being a first round pick. This could be the year of the big receiver.
1st team: Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
2nd team: Weslye Saunders, South Carolina
3rd team: D.J. Williams, Arkansas
Honorable Mention: Luke Stocker, Charlie Gantt, Anthony Miller, Ben Guidugli, Orson Charles
Comments: Rudolph is a fantastic receiver who moves amazingly well for a guy his size. Same can be said for Saunders, but who knows if or when he will play this year due to suspension? Williams is an undersize guy who can really run after the catch.
Offensive Line Unit
1st team: Wisconsin
2nd team: Georgia
3rd team: Florida State
Honorable Mention: Ohio State, Stanford, Florida, Alabama, TCU, Boise State
Comments: HP always picks a line unit as opposed to individuals since the idea of knowing the best lineman is a major crap shoot. But the Badgers return all five starters from their unit and they’ll be well-versed in their system. Georgia returns 155 career starts according to Phil Steele, and Florida State also returns all five starters and should be vastly improved.
We’ll have the defensive All-Americans tomorrow…stay tuned.