College Football All-Week 11 Team
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With the exception of the thrilling battle between Texas A&M and Alabama, there weren't exactly a ton of entertaining games in Week 11 of the college football season.
This weekend saw most of the top-ranked teams in the country blow out weaker opponents.
Still, there were definitely some great individual performances that deserve to be highlighted and recognized.
Here's a look at the top performers at each position from Week 11.
Quarterback: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
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Johnny Manziel certainly deserves to be in the Heisman conversation following his phenomenal performance in a 29-24 upset of Alabama on Saturday.
Manziel torched the top-ranked Tide defense, completing 24 of his 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, plus another 92 yards on the ground.
The freshman sensation became a household name following the big win, cementing his status as one of the most exciting players in college football.
Running Back: Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
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Ka'Deem Carey probably knew he had the chance to put up some big numbers against a Colorado defense that has been a full-blown disaster this season. However, there's no way Carey could have foreseen the type of record-breaking game he ended up having.
Carey broke the Pac-12 single-game rushing record set by Washington State's Rueben Mayes back in 1984, as he totaled 366 rushing yards on 25 carries and scored five touchdowns in the 56-31 win.
Admittedly, the performance came against a Colorado defense that ranks 119th in the nation in rushing defense.
Still, that rushing total is quite remarkable.
Wide Receiver: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
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West Virginia and Oklahoma State engaged in an offensive shootout on Saturday in which the two teams combined for 89 points and 922 yards of offense.
The Cowboys ended up winning the game 55-34, and a big key to their success was the play of WR Josh Stewart.
Stewart hauled in 13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He also took a sweep 46 yards for a touchdown as well.
Although he may only be a sophomore, Stewart's clearly got the potential to develop into one of the Big 12's next star receivers.
Tight End: Zach Ertz, Stanford
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Stanford trailed Oregon State 23-21 with just five minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
But then Cardinal QB Kevin Hogan hooked up with TE Zach Ertz for a 13-yard go-ahead touchdown pass that gave the team a critical 27-23 victory.
Ertz finished the day as Stanford's leading receiver and the most productive tight end of Week 11.
The junior ended up with nine catches for 75 yards, plus the all-important winning score.
Offensive Line: Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin's offensive line completely manhandled Indiana in the trenches on Saturday.
The front five showed off their strength as they paved the way for the Badgers to total 564 yards on the ground and score seven rushing touchdowns in a 62-14 victory over the Hoosiers.
The Badgers' top two running backs, Montee Ball and James White, had huge holes to run through all game long. They combined to total 359 rushing yards and five touchdowns just between the two of them.
Defensive Tackle: Kawann Short, Purdue
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Kawann Short had been hampered by an ankle injury for the past few weeks, but his ankle looked just fine on Saturday.
Short came up big against Iowa, as he totaled six tackles (including five solo stops and four tackles for loss) and also notched a sack that resulted in a 10-yard loss.
The senior defensive tackle was a big reason why the Hawkeyes finished with just 74 total rushing yards.
Following that outstanding performance, Short's NFL draft stock is definitely back on the rise.
Defensive End: Meshak Williams, Kansas State
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Kansas State stuck to its strategy of playing strong defense and outlasting its opponent to pick up a hard-fought 23-10 victory over TCU on Saturday night.
The Wildcats held the Horned Frogs to just 274 total yards and forced two key turnovers.
The team's top defensive performer was DE Meshak Williams.
Williams totaled seven tackles, including six solo stops and three tackles for loss, plus two sacks and a pass breakup.
Linebacker: Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
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Khaseem Greene went into this past weekend as the clear favorite to repeat as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and he likely won the award with his performance against Army.
Greene was making plays all over the field on Saturday. He ended up finishing with a whopping 22 tackles and forced a fumble in the 28-7 victory.
The senior is the face of a Rutgers defense that currently ranks fifth in the nation in total defense.
If he finishes off the season strong, Greene will definitely deserve legitimate All-American consideration.
Cornerback: Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M
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Deshazor Everett came up with one of the biggest plays of the 2012 season when he intercepted Alabama QB AJ McCarron on the goal line to preserve a 29-24 upset victory over the Tide.
For a team that gave away so many games in the second half last year, that interception proved that Texas A&M has indeed turned the corner and that the Aggies truly do belong in the SEC.
Safety: D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
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D.J. Swearinger was called for three penalties in a three-play span (a horse-collar tackle, a personal foul and a celebration penalty) in a 38-20 victory over Arkansas.
However, the flags didn't overshadow what was an otherwise excellent day for Swearinger and the Gamecocks defense.
The senior safety finished the game with a season-high 13 tackles and also returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, putting the game away midway through the third quarter.
Kicker: Paul Griggs, Purdue
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Paul Griggs only made one field goal against Iowa on Saturday, but it turned out to be the most important field goal of the day.
Griggs knocked through a game-winning 46-yard field goal as time expired to give Purdue a 27-24 win over Iowa.
The kick helped the Boilermakers snap a five-game losing streak.
Punter: Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green
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It wasn't that shocking to see Bowling Green beat Ohio last Wednesday, and it wasn't that surprising that one of the Falcons' most important players turned out to be punter Brian Schmiedebusch.
Like he has been all season, Schmiedebusch gave Bowling Green a huge advantage in field position throughout the game, averaging 50.5 yards per punt.
Five of the senior's six punts were over 50 yards; four of them forced the Bobcats to start inside their own 20-yard line.
Returner: Duke Johnson, Miami
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Duke Johnson did everything he could to lead Miami to victory against Virginia.
Unfortunately, Johnson's huge performance was not enough and the Hurricanes fell 41-40.
Still, you have to appreciate what Johnson was able to accomplish against the Cavaliers.
Not only did he rush for 150 yards, the star freshman also totaled 214 yards on four kickoff returns, including a 95-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Johnson finished the game with an average of 53.5 yards per return.
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Quarterback: Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Running Back: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Wide Receiver: Alec Lemon, Syracuse
Tight End: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Offensive Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Defensive Tackle: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Defensive End: Cassius Marsh, UCLA
Linebacker: Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
Cornerback: Cortney Lester, Buffalo
Safety: Daimion Stafford, Nebraska
Kicker: Trevor Romaine, Oregon State
Punter: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
Returner: Tobias Palmer, NC State