Here are my mid-season All-Americans.
Note: I pick a fullback because, after all, it is still a position in football (albeit a dying one).
Another note: I also pick an offensive line unit as opposed to individual OL players because otherwise I’d be pretending that I knew how well an individual lineman was performing from week to week.
QB — Marcus Mariota, Oregon
He’s got 25 touchdowns running and passing. And no turnovers. That says it all.
RB — Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
He’s been crazy explosive, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.
FB — Kiero Small, Arkansas
He’s turned into a real weapon in the Razorback offense.
WR — Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
On his way to shattering Pac-12 receiving records.
WR — Antwan Goodley, Baylor
Already has five catches of 60-plus yards.
WR — Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Johnny Football’s No. 1 target and slayer of the Bama defense.
TE — Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Physically gifted tight end who can block as well as catch.
OL UNIT — Texas A&M
One of the reasons Johnny Manziel is able to run around and improvise so much is that this unit gives him so much time and space to do so.
DE — Vic Beasley, Clemson
The nation’s sack leader with 9 and the best end in the state of South Carolina.
DE — Michael Sam, Missouri
He’s got 10 tackles for loss already this season.
DT — Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Has a remarkable eight sacks and 12 tackles for losses despite playing on the interior.
DT — Leonard Williams, USC
Leads USC in tackles — rare for a lineman — and tackles for loss.
OLB — Anthony Barr, UCLA
Already has four forced fumbles and 10 tackles for loss.
OLB — Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State
Tied for the national lead with 12.5 tackles for loss.
ILB — Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Has 56 tackles, including 16 against No. 4 Ohio State.
ILB — C.J. Mosley, Alabama
The Tide’s field general on defense leads the team in tackles with 48.
CB — Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, Oregon
A true shutdown corner and one of the reasons for the much-improved Duck defense.
CB — Jason Verrett, TCU
Has 10 pass breakups and a pick so far this season.
S — Deone Bucannon, WSU
As hard a hitter as there is in college football; has four interceptions, 64 tackles.
S — Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama
Instinctive player with two interceptions returns for touchdowns already this year.
Placekicker — Andy Phillips, Utah
He’s a perfect 11 for 11 this season.
Punter — Zac Murphy, Miami (OH)
He leads the nation with a 47.7 average.
Punt returner — Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa
Already has two TDs, averaging nearly 26 yards per return.
Kickoff returner — Ty Montgomery, Stanford
His work in the return game is the most positive thing going on at Stanford the last two weeks.
All-Purpose runner — Marion Grice, Arizona State
He has 10 touchdowns on the ground, 5 through the air. His 15 total TDs lead the nation.