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The 2014 HP All-American team

Now that the season is finally over, it’s time for the latest edition of the very prestigious HP All-American team.

First, the offense:

QB

1st team – Johnny Manziel, So. Texas A&M

2nd team – Jameis Winston, Fr. Florida State

3rd team – Marcus Mariota, So. Oregon

Honorable Mention: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois; Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville; Bryce Petty, Baylor; Derek Carr, Fresno State.

RB

1st team – Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College; Tre Mason, Jr. Auburn

2nd team – Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington; Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona

3rd team –  Melvin Gordon, So., Wisconsin; Kapri Bibbs, So, Colorado State

Honorable Mention:  Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska; Carlos Hyde, Ohio State; Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky; Tyler Gaffney, Stanford; Jeremy Hill, LSU

WR

1st team – Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State; Sammy Watkins, Jr., Clemson

2nd team – Devante Adams, So., Fresno State; Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M

3rd team – Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor; Paul Richardson, Jr., Colorado

Honorable Mention: Allen Robinson, Penn State; Tyler Lockett, Kansas State; Odell Beckham, LSU; Willie Snead, Ball State; Kelvin Benjamin, FSU; Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

TE

1st team – Eric Ebron, Jr., North Carolina

2nd team – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr., Washington

3rd team – C.J. Fiedorowicz, Sr., Iowa

Honorable Mention: David Funchess, Michigan; Nick O’Leary, FSU; Troy Niklas, Notre Dame; Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State.

OFFENSIVE LINE UNIT

Per HP tradition, we will not choose individual All-Americans, but rather a single unit for our offensive line honors.

Face it: There are no individual stats to go by. Highlights rarely show what they do. 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 – Arkansas

2nd team – Stanford

3rd team – Notre Dame

Honorable Mention: Florida State; Alabama; Oregon; Toledo; Baylor

Now, the defense:

DE

1st team – Michael Sam, Sr., Missouri; Vic Beasley, Jr., Clemson

2nd team – Jackson Jeffcoat, Sr., Texas; Leonard Williams, So., USC

3rd team – Shilique Calhoun, So., Michigan State; Trevor Reilly, Sr., Utah

Honorable Mention: Kareem Martin, North Carolina; Marcus Smith, Louisville; Scott Crichton, Oregon State; Dee Ford, Auburn; Noah Spence, Ohio State; Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

DT 

1st team – Aaron Donald, Sr., Pittsburgh; Kelcy Quarles, Sr., South Carolina

2nd team – Ra’Shede Hageman, Sr., Minnesota; Tim Jernigan, Jr., Florida State

3rd team – Will Sutton, Sr., Arizona State; Michael Bennett, Jr., Ohio State

Honorable Mention: DaQuan Jones, Penn State; Ego Ferguson, LSU

OLB

1st team – Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford; Anthony Barr, Sr., UCLA

2nd team – Ryan Shazier, Jr., Ohio State; Khalil Mack, Sr., Buffalo

3rd team – Kyle Van Noy, Sr, BYU; Denicos Allen, Sr., Michigan State

Honorable Mention: Shaquil Barrett, Sr., Colorado State; Eddie Lackey, Baylor; Telvin Smith, Florida State; Myles Jack, UCLA; Devon Kennard, USC

ILB

1st team – C.J. Mosley, Sr., Alabama; Chris Borland, Sr., Wisconsin

2nd team – Shayne Skov, Sr., Stanford; Lamin Barrow, Sr., LSU

3rd team – Preston Brown, Sr., Louisville; Stephone Anthony, Jr., Clemson

Honorable Mention: AJ Tarpley, Stanford; AJ Johnson, Tennessee; Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut; Dee Dee Lattimore, South Florida

CB

1st team – Darqueze Dennard, Sr., Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State

2nd team – Justin Gilbert, Sr., Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, Sr., TCU

3rd team – Vernon Hargreaves, Fr., Florida; Aaron Colvin, Sr., Oklahoma

Honorable Mention: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon; Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech; Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska; Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State

SS

1st team – Deone Bucannon, Sr., Washington State; Ahmad Dixon, Sr., Baylor

2nd team – Anthony Harris, Jr., Virginia; Jimmy Ward, Sr., Northern Illinois

3rd team – Landon Collins, So., Alabama; Hakeem Smith, Sr., Louisville

Honorable Mention: Alden Darby, Sr., ASU; Craig Loston, LSU; Brock Vereen, Minnesota; Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State; Sean Parker, Washington.

FS

1st team – Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Jr., Alabama; Calvin Pryor, Jr., Louisville

2nd team – Karl Joseph, So., West Virginia; Ed Reynolds, Jr., Stanford

3rd team – Terrance Brooks, Sr., Florida State; Derron Smith, Jr., Fresno State

Honorable Mention: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State; Dion Bailey, USC; Tra’Mayne Bondurant, Arizona.

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HP’s mid-season All-Americans

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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.

OFFENSE

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.

DEFENSE

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.

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The 2012 Heisman Pundit Preseason All-American Team — Defense

We did the offense yesterday, now for the defensive HP preseason All-Americans.  The season is nigh, so no commentary, just the list, fast and quick:

Defensive Tackle

First Team: Kawann Short, Purdue; Star Lotulelei, Utah

Second Team: Shariff Floyd, Florida; Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State

Third Team: Aaron Tipoti, Cal; Josh Boyd, Miss State

Honorable Mention: Jesse Williams, Alabama; John Jenkins, Georgia; Sylvester Williams, UNC

Defensive Ends

First Team: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas; Bjoern Werner, Florida State

Second Team: Sam Montgomery, LSU; William Gholston, MIchigan State

Third Team: Alex Okafor, Texas; Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Honorable Mention: Barkevious Mingo, LSU; Brandon Jenkins, FSU; Dion Jordan, Oregon

Inside Linebackers

First Team: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Second Team: James Vaughters, Stanford

Third Team: Arthur Brown, Kansas State

Honorable Mention: Shane Skov, Stanford; Chris Borland, Wisconsin; Kevin Reddick, UNC; Nico Johnson, Alabama

Outside Linebackers

First Team: Jarvis Jones, UGA; Chase Thomas, Stanford

Second Team: Jonathan Brown, Illinois; Jamie Collins, Southern Miss

Third Team: Sean Porter, Texas A&M; Hayes Pullard, USC

Honorable Mention: Sio Moore, UConn; Travis Brown, Fresno State; Jake Kott, Iowa Sate

Cornerbacks

First Team: David Amerson, NC State; Nickell Robey, USC

Second Team: Jonathan Banks, Miss State; Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

Third Team: Dee Milliner, Alabama; Tharold Simon, LSU

Honorable Mention: Xavier Rhodes, FSU; Johnny Adams, Michigan State; Desmond Trufant, Washington

Safeties

First Team: TJ McDonald, USC; Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Second Team: Eric Reid, LSU; Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

Third Team: John Boyett, Oregon; Matt Elam, Florida

Honorable Mention: Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech; Jarred Holly, Pitt; CJ Barnett, Ohio State, DJ Swearinger, South Carolina

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The 2012 Heisman Pundit Preseason All-American Team — Offense

With the season upon us, it’s time for me to reveal the the 2012 edition of the very prestigious HP preseason All-American team.

First, the offense:

Quarterback

1st team: Matt Barkley, USC

2nd team: Denard Robinson, Michigan

3rd team: Geno Smith, WVU

Honorable Mention: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Collin Klein, Kansas State; Tyler Bray, Tennessee; Aaron Murray, Georgia; Kain Colter, Northwestern; EJ Manuel, Florida State

Comments: Another year, another stocked batch of quarterbacks. Barkley, the prohibitive Heisman favorite, leads the 2012 list with the help of the best receiving corps in college football. Robinson returns as a third year starter and his second in Brady Hoke’s system. He has the opportunity to shine early in a marquee matchup in week one against Alabama. Smith begins his senior season in a new conference but should still put up otherworldly statistics.

Running Back

1st team: Montee Ball, Wisconsin

2nd team: Knile Davis, Arkansas

3rd team: Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

Honorable Mention: Kenjon Barner, Oregon; Ray Graham, Pitt;  John White IV, Utah;  Stepfan Taylor, Stanford; Andre Ellington, Clemson; Rex Burkhead Nebraska

Comments: Ball was the best running back in the nation in 2011 and maintains the title in 2012. He comes into this season needing only 18 touchdowns to break the NCAA career touchdown record. Davis and Lattimore are both returning from season-ending injuries but are the focal points or their respective offenses, so both are due for bounce-back seasons.

Fullback

1st team: Ryan Hewitt, Stanford

2nd team: Trey Millard, Oklahoma

3rd team: Braden Wilson, Kansas State

Comments:  We like to pick an All-American fullback here at HP since it is a position on offense in football.  Did we just pick a fullback that had 10 carries for 35 yards the whole of 2011? Yes, because he is the most versatile and talented player at the position. Hewitt was Stanford’s third leading receiver last season with 282 yards and one of the most reliable blockers in the backfield.

Wide Receivers

1st team: Robert Woods,USC; Sammy Watkins, Clemson

2nd team: Marqise Lee, USC; Tavon Austin, WVU

3rd team: Keenan Allen, Cal; Marquess Wilson, Washington State

Honorable Mention: Terrance Williams, Baylor; Kenny Stills, Oklahoma; Connor Vernon, Duke; Stedman Bailey, WVU; Roy Roundtree, Michigan; Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

Comments: Woods racked up 111 catches and over 1,000 yards last season on what turned out to be an injured ankle but he should be 100% in 2011. Watkins was a freshman phenom and he still makes this list despite a two-game suspension to open the season. The Pac-12 overall is loaded with pass catchers, so look for Wilson, Lee, and Allen to challenge Woods for the title of best receiver.

Tight End

1st team: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

2nd team: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

3rd team: Chris Gragg, Arkansas

Honorable Mention: Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State; Phillip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn; Ryan Griffin Connecticut

Comments: At 6-6, 250 pounds, Eifert looks to be the college football equivalent of Rob Gronkowski. Eifert is on the cusp of two major tight end records at Notre Dame (receiving yards and receptions). Seferian-Jenkins is a physical freak who should have a breakout season.

Offensive Line Unit

1st team: Alabama

2nd team: Oregon

3rd team: USC

Honorable Mention: Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU

Comments:

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.

We’ll have the defensive All-Americans tomorrow…stay tuned.

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The 2011 Heismanpundit.com All-American Team: The Defense

We did the offense on Monday. Now for the defense. Again, I try to honor a player at each of the proper positions instead of (for instance) having four ends represent the defensive line (as some All-American teams do):

Defensive End

1st Team: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois; Sam Montgomery, LSU

2nd Team: Andre Branch, Clemson; Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

3rd Team: Vinny Curry, Marshall; Nick Perry, USC

Honorable Mention
Frank Alexander, Oklahoma
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Dion Jordan, Oregon
Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
Quinton Coples, North Carolina
Shea McClellin, Boise State

Comment: Mercilus was a terror off the edge, leading the nation with 14.5 sacks, while Montgomery was the best player on LSU’s fearsome defensive line.

Defensive Tackle

1st Team: Devon Still, Penn State; Kawann Short, Purdue

2nd Team: Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati; Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State

3rd Team: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State; Logan Harrell, Fresno State

Honorable Mention
Brandon Thompson, Clemson
Kendall Reyes, Connecticut
Mike Daniels, Iowa
Mike Martin, Michigan
Alameda Ta’amu, Washington

Comment: It was a strong year for interior defensive linemen in the Big Ten, with Short notching 17.5 tackles for loss (despite the loss of Ryan Kerrigan to the draft) and Still getting 17 to lead the Nittany Lions.

Outside Linebacker

1st Team: Sammy Brown, Houston; Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

2nd Team: Lavonte David, Nebraska; Jarvis Jones, Georgia

3rd Team: Sean Spence, Miami; Chase Thomas, Stanford

Honorable Mention
Danny Trevathan, Kentucky
Zach Brown, North Carolina
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Mychal Kendricks, California
Nigel Bradham, Florida State
Emmanuel Acho, Texas
Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

Comment: Brown’s 28 tackles for loss led the nation, but he also had 88 tackles and 12.5 sacks. Upshaw made plays all year long for the Tide, collecting 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.

Inside Linebacker

1st Team: Luke Kuechley, Boston College

2nd Team: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

3rd Team: Dont’a Hightower, Alabama

Honorable Mention
Audie Cole, North Carolina State
Tank Carder, TCU
Carmen Messina, New Mexico
Chris Marve, Vanderbilt
Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech

Comment: Keuchley is simply the best tackler college football has seen in a long time. Te’o had another fine season for the Irish.

Cornerback

1st Team: Morris Claiborne, LSU; Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

2nd Team: Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama; Dave Amerson, North Carolina State

3rd Team: Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt; Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech

Honorable Mention
DeQuan Menzie, Alabama
Desmond Trufant, Washington
Nickell Robey, USC
Chase Minnifield, Virginia
Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Micah Hyde, Iowa
Keith Tandy, West Virginia
Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

Comment: Between the two, Claiborne is the purest corner, but Mathieu is the better overall football player. They were the keys to LSU’s SEC title run.

Free Safety

1st Team: Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

2nd Team: T.J. McDonald, USC

3rd Team: Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State

Honorable Mention
Robert Lester, Alabama
Trenton Robinson, Michigan State
Aaron Henry, Wisconsin
Eric Reid, LSU

Comment: In an amazing year for SEC defensive backs, Rambo stood out at the free safety spot, snagging a league-high 7 interceptions.

Strong Safety

1st Team: Winston Guy, Kentucky

2nd Team: Mark Barron, Alabama

3rd Team: Brandon Taylor, LSU

Honorable Mention
Eddie Pleasant, Oregon
Tavon Wilson, Illinois
Antonio Allen, South Carolina
Delano Howell, Stanford

Comment: Barron had another fine season, but Guy was special for the Wildcats, collecting 120 tackles, 14 tackles for loss  and intercepting two passes.

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The 2011 Heismanpundit.com All-American Team: The Offense

It’s time for the 8th annual edition of the very prestigious Heismanpundit.com All-American squad. First, the offense:

Quarterback

1st Team: Robert Griffin III, Baylor

2nd Team: Andrew Luck, Stanford

3rd Team: Kellen Moore, Boise State

Honorable Mention:
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.

Running Back

1st Team: Montee Ball, Wisconsin

2nd Team: Trent Richardson, Alabama

3rd Team: LaMichael James, Oregon

Honorable Mention:
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.

Fullback

1st Team: Alexander Teich, Navy

2nd Team: Cody Johnson, Texas

3rd Team: Rhett Ellison, USC

Honorable Mention
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.

Tight End

1st Team: Coby Fleener, Stanford

2nd Team: Dwayne Allen, Clemson

3rd Team: Orson Charles, Georgia

Honorable Mention
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.

Wide Receiver

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

Honorable Mention
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

Honorable Mention
USC
Penn State
LSU
TCU
Georgia Tech

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…

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2010 HP All-American Team: Defense

We did the offense last week, now for the defense:

Defensive End

1st Team: Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson; Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue

2nd Team: Brandon Jenkins, FSU; Dontay Moch, Nevada

3rd Team: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin;  Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy

Honorable Mention
Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
Vinny Curry, Marshall
Wayne Daniels, TCU
Tyrone Crawford, Boise State
Sam Acho, Texas
 
Defensive Tackle

1st Team: Nick Fairley, Auburn; Jared Crick, Nebraska

2nd Team: Jurell Casey, USC; Drake Nevis, LSU

3rd Team: Stephen Paea, Oregon State; Logan Harrell, Fresno State

Honorable Mention
Kawann Short, Purdue
Brandon Bair, Oregon
J.R. Sweezy, NC State
Damik Scafe, Boston College
Mike Daniels, Iowa

Outside Linebacker

1st Team: Lavonte David, Nebraska; Justin Houston, Georgia

2nd Team: Mason Foster, Washington; Von Miller, Texas A&M

3rd Team: Sean Spence, Miami; Travis Lewis, Oklahoma

Honorable Mention
Danny Trevathan, Kentucky
Tanner Brock, TCU
Akeem Ayers, UCLA
Colin McCarthy, Miami
Nigel Bradham, FSU

Middle Linebacker

1st Team: Nate Irving, NC State

2nd Team: Luke Kuechly, Boston College

3rd Team: Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut

Honorable Mention
Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Shayne Skov, Stanford
Brian Rolle, Ohio State
Greg Jones, Michigan State

Cornerback

1st Team: Patrick Peterson, LSU; Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech

2nd Team: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska; Talmadge Jackson, Oregon

3rd Team: Casey Heyward, Vanderbilt; Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma

Honorable Mention
Janoris Jenkins, Florida
Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
Omar Bolden, Arizona State
Johnny Patrick, Louisville
Keith Tandy, West Virginia

Safety

1st Team: Tejay Johnson, TCU; Mark Barron, Alabama

2nd Team: Jaiquan Jarrett, Temple; Robert Sands, West Virginia

3rd Team: Tyler Sash, Iowa; Ahmad Black, Florida

Honorable Mention
Rahim Moore, UCLA
Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
T.J. McDonald, USC
Robert Lester, Alabama
Chris Conte, California

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