It’s time for the 8th annual edition of the very prestigious Heismanpundit.com All-American squad. First, the offense:
1st Team: Robert Griffin III, Baylor
2nd Team: Andrew Luck, Stanford
3rd Team: Kellen Moore, Boise State
Case Keenum, Houston
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Matt Barkley, USC
Collin Klein, Kansas State
Comment: A deep group here, with the Heisman Trophy winner edging out Luck.
1st Team: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
2nd Team: Trent Richardson, Alabama
3rd Team: LaMichael James, Oregon
Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
David Wilson, Virginia Tech
Bernard Pierce, Temple
Chris Polk, Washington
Comment: Ball’s 38 touchdowns gives him the edge over Richardson. James quietly led the nation in rushing yards per game.
1st Team: Alexander Teich, Navy
2nd Team: Cody Johnson, Texas
3rd Team: Rhett Ellison, USC
Ryan Hewitt, Stanford
Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin
Joe Suhey, Penn State
Comment: Unlike other honors teams, we pick a fullback All-American because, after all, it is a position in football. Teich was a bulldozer for the Midshipmen while Johnson was an excellent blocker and short-yardage back for the Longhorns.
1st Team: Coby Fleener, Stanford
2nd Team: Dwayne Allen, Clemson
3rd Team: Orson Charles, Georgia
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
Ryan Otten, San Jose State
Nick Provo, Syracuse
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
Comment: Another deep group, but Fleener was Stanford’s only dynamic threat and he averaged a remarkable 20.25 yards per catch. Allen and Charles also had fine seasons.
1st Team: Robert Woods, USC; Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
2nd Team: Sammy Watkins, Clemson; Kendall Wright, Baylor
3rd Team: Keenan Allen, California; Jordan White, Western Michigan
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Patrick Edwards, Houston
Marquess Wilson, Washington State
Jarius Wright, Arkansas
Marqise Lee, USC
Marvin McNutt, Iowa
B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
Tyler Shoemaker, Boise State
Nick Harwell, Miami (OH)
Comment: Another deep unit that was hard to grade, but the nod goes to Woods and Blackmon, who were virtually unstoppable all season. Watkins has the most upside of the bunch and is a surefire All-American next season.
Offensive Line Unit
Per HP tradition, we will not choose individual All-Americans on the offensive line.
We refuse to do so because we believe it’s basically impossible to pick the five best offensive linemen.
There are no individual stats to go by. Highlights rarely show what they do. We don’t know their assignments on a given play. We could go purely off of hearsay, but wouldn’t that be dishonest? What’s more, there are 600 starting offensive linemen in Division One. It’s almost impossible to have seen enough of them to know who is really the best. So, while other All-American teams choose linemen based almost solely on reputation, we will not. Instead, we look at a combination of factors, including sacks allowed, rushing offense, tackles for loss allowed, etc., to come up with our All-American unit.
1st Team: Stanford
2nd Team: Oklahoma State
3rd Team: Boise State
Comment: Stanford gave up a remarkable 33 tackles for loss–the fewest allowed in the last five seasons by far–plus 9 sacks while averaging 208 yards rushing per game. OSU’s line allowed just 11 sacks for a team that threw 553 times and was ninth in tackles for loss allowed. Boise State tied for the national lead with just 8 sacks allowed, was ninth in tackles for loss allowed and rushed for 170 yards per game.
Check back at HP for the defensive team on Tuesday…