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College Football 2013 Preseason All-American and All-Conference Teams

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IMarch 10, 2013

College Football 2013 Preseason All-American and All-Conference Teams

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    A record number of underclassmen declared for the 2013 NFL draft, but that doesn't mean that college football has lost all of its great players.

    There are still plenty of established big-name stars who are coming back for another season. There are also plenty of young, exciting, up-and-coming players who could be ready to have breakout performances this fall.

    Here's a look at the top impact players who deserve preseason praise and recognition.

All-American First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

    QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

    RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia
    RB: TJ Yeldon, Alabama

    WR: Marqise Lee, USC
    WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson

    TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

    OL: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
    OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
    OL: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
    OL: David Yankey, Stanford
    OL: Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

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    Johnny Manziel proved in 2012 that he’s the most exciting, explosive and electric offensive playmaker in college football.

    Manziel displayed his outstanding natural playmaking skills during a dominant debut campaign, in which he threw for over 3,700 yards, rushed for over 1,400 yards and accounted for 47 touchdowns.

    After leading Texas A&M to a surprising 11-win season and becoming the first-ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, the dynamic dual-threat quarterback is surely going to receive plenty of hype and publicity this offseason.

    It will be very interesting to see if college football’s new cover boy can live up to expectations in 2013.

RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia

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    Todd Gurley may not have put up the same type of numbers in 2012 that Adrian Peterson did during his outstanding freshman campaign back in 2004. But Gurley definitely had the same type of instant "wow" factor that we saw from Peterson during his first season.

    Gurley took the SEC by storm. He rushed for over 1,300 yards, scored 18 touchdowns and played an integral role in Georgia's run to an SEC East division title. 

    The 6'1'', 218-pound sophomore is a remarkable physical specimen who possesses the combination of size, speed, power, vision, balance and toughness that no other running back in college football can offer.

RB: TJ Yeldon, Alabama

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    Alabama's offense has featured some terrific running backs in recent years such as Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and Mark Ingram. Now, TJ Yeldon is the latest Tide back who has everyone buzzing.

    Yeldon arrived in Tuscaloosa last year as one of the most highly touted prospects of the 2012 recruiting class. It didn't take long for him to show why he was such a heralded high school player. 

    The 6'2'', 216-pound playmaker showed all the skills and physical tools it takes to become an elite back, as he rushed for over 1,100 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in his first season. 

    With Lacy gone, Yeldon will have even more opportunities in 2013 to show that he's one of the most special talents in college football.

WR: Marqise Lee, USC

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    Whoever ends up as USC's new starting quarterback, whether its Max Browne or Max Wittek, will be lucky to have the best wide receiver in college football, Marqise Lee, at his disposal.

    Lee put together a spectacular sophomore season in 2012. He led the nation with 118 catches, totaled over 1,800 yards of offense and scored 14 touchdowns. 

    The defending Biletnikoff Award winner would likely be a top-5 pick if he was eligible for the 2013 NFL draft. But instead, Lee will be back for one more season to continue to make life miserable for Pac-12 defensive backs.

WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson

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    As far as pure talent and natural ability is concerned, you could easily argue that Sammy Watkins is the best overall player in college football. 

    Sure, Watkins failed to live up to sky-high expectations this past season, as he followed up a fantastic freshman campaign with a so-so sophomore effort. Still, there's no doubt that he's got the chance to be one of college football's top impact playmakers in 2013.

    Now that DeAndre Hopkins has moved on to the NFL, Watkins will become the focal point of Clemson's potent passing attack. The speedy 6'1'', 200-pound junior will team back up with QB Tajh Boyd to give the Tigers one of the most dangerous passing combinations in college football.

TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

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    With Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz having moved on to the NFL, the title of best tight end in college football is now up for grabs. It appears that Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the most deserving candidate for that honor. 

    The 6'6'', 266-pound Seferian-Jenkins possesses incredible athleticism and agility for his size. He used his unique combination of size and skills to his advantage in 2012, when he caught 69 passes for 852 yards and seven touchdowns. 

    The former four-star recruit from Fox Island, Wash., is an absolute matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. In terms of catches per game, Seferian-Jenkins was the most productive tight end in the country last season, and he should repeat that feat in 2013.

OL: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

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    The Matthews family has produced some outstanding football players such as Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, four-time Pro Bowler Clay Matthews Jr. and current Packers star Clay Matthews III.

    The clan's new rising star is Bruce's son, Jake Matthews.

    Matthews, a 2012 first-team All-SEC performer, declined the chance to be a top-15 pick in the 2013 NFL draft in order to return to Texas A&M for his senior year.

    After watching former teammate Luke Joeckel take home the prestigious Outland Trophy this past season, the standout offensive tackle will be looking to claim the same prize in 2013.

OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan

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    Taylor Lewan gave Michigan fans a pleasant surprise when he announced that he would be returning to Ann Arbor for his senior year, even though he was widely projected to be a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. 

    Lewan's decision to come back is a bit puzzling, considering he really doesn't have much left to prove at the college level. Obviously, though, the big, powerful and agile 6'8'', 309-pound senior wants to taste the thrill of winning a Big Ten championship.

    With Lewan returning as the offensive line leader at the all-important left-tackle spot, the Wolverines will definitely have a legitimate shot of competing for a conference crown in 2013.

OL: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

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    This offseason, the Alabama coaching staff is going to have to figure out how to replace three tremendous offensive linemen—Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones and DJ Fluker, who will all be playing on Sundays this fall. Luckily, the Tide have an emerging star in the trenches in Cyrus Kouandjio, who will help ease the loss of the talented trio. 

    Two years ago, Kouandjio arrived in Tuscaloosa as the premier offensive lineman prospect of the 2011 recruiting class. After showing some glimpses of his incredible potential as a freshman, the 6'6'', 311-pound Cameroon native really came into his own this past season. 

    Kouandjio now looks like he's ready to develop into a truly dominant force in 2013.

OL: David Yankey, Stanford

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    Stanford lost its two best offensive linemen, David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin, after the 2011 season, yet the Cardinal still had one of the best offensive lines in the Pac-12 this past season.

    The group's leader was David Yankey, who stepped up in a big way in 2012, sliding over from guard and starting all 14 games at the left-tackle position that was left vacant by Martin. 

    The 6'5'', 311-pound Yankey is one of the most athletic and physically gifted linemen in the country, and he's shown that he's capable of excelling both inside and outside. 

    Yankey is surely a player that NFL scouts will be keeping a close eye on throughout the 2013 season.

OL: Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

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    This past season, the SEC was home to the best offensive guard in the country, Alabama's Chance Warmack. The conference will once again be home to the premier player at the position in 2013, as Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson will be looking to follow in Warmack's footsteps. 

    You couldn't build a much more perfect SEC guard from scratch than the 6'4'', 320-pound Jackson. 

    Size, power, agility, tenacity, fundamentally sound technique—he's got it all.

    Jackson's truly the total package. Searching for flaws in his game is basically a pointless endeavor. 

All-American First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

    DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
    DL: Louis Nix, Notre Dame
    DL: Devonte Fields, TCU
    DL: Will Sutton, Arizona State

    LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
    LB: CJ Mosley, Alabama 
    LB: Kyle Van Noy, BYU

    DB: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
    DB: Jason Verrett, TCU
    DB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State
    DB: Craig Loston, LSU

DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

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    Jadeveon Clowney was the most hyped high school football recruit of all time. Clowney was featured on an ESPN The Magazine cover next to captions that read "future Super Bowl MVP" before he even graduated high school.

    Clowney faced unprecedented expectations when he arrived at South Carolina in 2011. But the young star defender has handled the pressure better than anyone could have hoped. 

    The athletic freak has already developed into the elite pass-rusher that many thought he would be. Clowney racked up 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2012. It certainly wouldn't be surprising to see him top those totals in 2013.

DL: Louis Nix, Notre Dame

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    Manti Te'o may have been the Notre Dame defender that everyone focused on in 2012. But the real foundation player of Notre Dame's dominant defense was DT Louis Nix. 

    Nix didn't receive nearly the same amount of attention as Te'o did, but he played just as big of a role in the unit's success.

    He racked up 50 tackles, including 20 solo stops, 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, and he constantly ate up double-teams, which freed up Te'o and other Irish defenders to make plays. 

    The 6'3'', 340-pound chaos-causing tackle knows how to occupy blockers, and he also knows how to shed blocks, penetrate and make crucial negative stops in the backfield. 

DL: Devonte Fields, TCU

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    Arlington native Devonte Fields decided to stay close to home and play for TCU, even though the former four-star recruit received scholarship offers from more prestigious powerhouse programs. 

    After watching what Fields was able to accomplish during his first year with the Horned Frogs, it seems like he made the right decision. 

    The light, but explosive 6'4'', 240-pound edge-rusher proved to be a perfect fit for Gary Patterson's unique 4-2-5 defensive scheme in 2012.

    Fields led the Big 12 with 18.5 tackles for loss and ranked third in the conference with 10 sacks. That performance helped him earn the league's Freshman Defensive Player of the Year award. 

DL: Will Sutton, Arizona State

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    It's hard to argue that Will Sutton didn't deserve the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012.

    Sutton emerged as one of the conference's most dangerous defenders this past season. He led the league with 23.5 tackles for loss, ranked third in the conference with 12 sacks, and tied for fifth with three forced fumbles.

    What the 6'1'', 267-pound senior lacks in size, he makes up for with power, quickness, hustle and pure attitude.

    The late Tillman would certainly be proud of how his fellow Sun Devil plays the game.

LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

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    In recent years, Ohio State has been home to some of the Big Ten's best linebackers such as James Laurinaitis, A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Brian Rolle. Now, Ryan Shazier is the Buckeye 'backer that appears ready to take over the league in 2013. 

    Shazier had a stellar sophomore performance last season. He finished third in the conference with 114 tackles, which included 17 tackles for loss and five sacks, and he also had 10 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. 

    The 6'2'', 226-pound junior has the speed to fly around from sideline to sideline and make key stops all over the field. Shazier will be the Buckeyes' most valuable defensive playmaker in 2013, and he'll play a crucial role in the team's quest for a BCS title.

LB: CJ Mosley, Alabama

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    Alabama lost plenty of key pieces from its top-ranked defense such as Dee Milliner, Jesse Williams and Nico Johnson. But fortunately, the Tide will welcome back its most valuable defender from 2012—linebacker CJ Mosley. 

    Mosley developed into a dominant defensive leader this past season, and he really stepped up and became the type of linchpin that Alabama's defense needed. He led the team with 107 tackles, including 66 solo stops, eight tackles for loss and four sacks. 

    The 6'2'', 232-pound senior is one of the most athletic and instinctive defensive players in the country. Mosley should once again be the Tide's top defensive performer in 2013. 

LB: Kyle Van Noy, BYU

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    Ezekiel Ansah may be the BYU player that everyone is talking about in these final weeks leading up to the 2013 NFL draft; however, Ansah wasn't actually the Cougars' best defensive player this past season. That honor belonged to LB Kyle Van Noy. 

    Van Noy was one of the most disruptive and productive defensive playmakers in the country in 2012. He totaled 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, five pass breakups and six forced fumbles. 

    The highly athletic 6'3'', 235-pound edge-rusher could have joined Ansah in the 2013 draft class and likely competed for the chance to be a first-round pick. But instead, he chose to return to the college ranks and continue his path of destruction.

DB: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

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    At just 5'8'', 195 pounds, Lamarcus Joyner obviously doesn't possess the prototypical size that you look for in a star safety. Nevertheless, Joyner's small stature certainly hasn't prevented him from making a huge impact for the Seminoles defense. 

    The senior safety was the centerpiece of a secondary that ranked first in the nation in pass defense in 2012, allowing just 161 yards through the air per game. 

    Joyner has the type of range, instincts, physicality and coverage ability to develop into the best safety in the country in 2013. He'll once again be counted on to be a key leader for one of college football's most talented defensive units. 

DB: Jason Verrett, TCU

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    Since there were so many explosive and highly productive passing attacks in the Big 12 this past season, the TCU secondary got tested on a weekly basis in 2012. 

    The Horned Frogs defensive backfield was able to hold its ground, though, as it allowed just 6.5 yards per pass attempt. The key to the secondary's success was the play of CB Jason Verrett. 

    Verrett certainly proved that he was ready to play with the big boys in a BCS conference, as he handled the step up in competition without a problem. He tied for the league lead with six interceptions and led the conference with 16 pass breakups in 2012.

    Now that he knows what to expect from opposing receivers, Verrett should be even better in 2013.

DB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State

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    You should never just use stats to judge how good a defensive back really is. However, it's very hard not to be impressed by the type of numbers that Ohio State's Bradley Roby put up in 2012. 

    Roby finished his second season as a starter with 62 total tackles, including 40 solo stops, 17 pass breakups and he managed to score three touchdowns in three different ways (interception return, punt block return and fumble return).

    The 5'11'', 190-pound junior may not be a true lockdown cover corner just yet, but he's clearly one of the most active and talented defensive playmakers in college football.

DB: Craig Loston, LSU

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    LSU may soon have to switch its name to DBU, since its been producing so many star defensive backs such as Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Morris Claiborne and Eric Reid in recent years.

    The latest defensive back that Tigers fans should get excited about is safety Craig Loston. 

    Loston put together a very strong first year as a starter. He totaled 55 tackles, picked off three passes and made plenty of bone-crunching hits.

    After being overshadowed by his more heralded teammates this past season, the 6'2'', 205-pound strong safety has all the skills it takes to become one of college football's biggest breakout star defenders in 2013.

All-American Second-Team Offense

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    QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

    RB: Jeremy Hill, LSU
    RB: Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona

    WR: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
    WR: Cody Hoffman, BYU

    TE: Eric Ebron, North Carolina

    OL: Josue Matias, Florida State
    OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
    OL: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
    OL: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
    OL: Zack Martin, Notre Dame

All-American Second-Team Defense

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    DL: Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
    DL: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
    DL: Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
    DL: Scott Crichton, Oregon State

    LB: Anthony Barr, UCLA
    LB: Christian Jones, Florida State
    LB: AJ Johnson, Tennessee

    DB: Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
    DB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
    DB: Quandre Diggs, Texas
    DB: Ed Reynolds, Stanford

All-American Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Tajh Boyd, Clemson

    RB: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

    WR: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

    TE: Kyle Carter, Penn State

    OL: Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

    DL: Roosevelt Nix, Kent State

    LB: Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut

    DB: Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

    K: Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson

    P: Kyle Christy, Florida

ACC First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Sammy Watkins, Clemson

    QB: Tajh Boyd, Clemson

    RB: Duke Johnson, Miami
    RB: James Wilder, Florida State

    WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson
    WR: Rashad Greene, Florida State

    TE: Eric Ebron, North Carolina

    OL: Josue Matias, Florida State
    OL: James Hurst, North Carolina
    OL: Cameron Erving, Florida State
    OL: Morgan Moses, Virginia
    OL: Brandon Thomas, Clemson

ACC First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

    DL: Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
    DL: Kareem Martin, North Carolina
    DL: James Gayle, Virginia Tech
    DL: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

    LB: Christian Jones, Florida State
    LB: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
    LB: Denzel Perryman, Miami

    DB: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
    DB: Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
    DB: Tre Boston, North Carolina
    DB: Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech

ACC Second-Team Offense

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    QB: Bryn Renner, North Carolina

    RB: Devonta Freeman, Florida State
    RB: Kevin Parks, Virginia

    WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
    WR: Quinshad Davis, North Carolina

    TE: Jake McGee, Virginia

    OL: Seantrel Henderson, Miami
    OL: Russell Bodine, North Carolina
    OL: Tre Jackson, Florida State
    OL: Brandon Linder, Miami
    OL: Jay Finch, Georgia Tech

ACC Second-Team Defense

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    DL: Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech
    DL: Darryl Cato-Bishop, NC State
    DL: Vic Beasley, Clemson
    DL: Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest

    LB: Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech
    LB: Jabari Hunt-Days, Georgia Tech
    LB: Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

    DB: Ronald Darby, Florida State
    DB: Tim Scott, North Carolina
    DB: Demetrious Nicholson, Virginia
    DB: Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech

ACC Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

    RB: Prince Tyson-Gulley, Syracuse

    WR: Devin Street, Pittsburgh

    TE: Nick O'Leary, Florida State

    OL: Bryan Stork, Florida State

    DL: Demonte McAllister, Florida State

    LB: Stephone Anthony, Clemson

    DB: Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

    K: Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson

    P: Will Monday, Duke

Big 12 First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

    QB: Casey Pachall, TCU

    RB: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
    RB: John Hubert, Kansas State

    WR: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
    WR: Eric Ward, Texas Tech

    TE: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

    OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
    OL: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
    OL: BJ Finney, Kansas State
    OL: Mason Walters, Texas
    OL: Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

Big 12 First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Devonte Fields, TCU

    DL: Devonte Fields, TCU
    DL: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
    DL: Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State
    DL: Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech

    LB: Jordan Hicks, Texas
    LB: Bryce Hager, Baylor
    LB: Isaiah Bruce, West Virginia

    DB: Jason Verrett, TCU
    DB: Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
    DB: Quandre Diggs, Texas
    DB: Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

Big 12 Second-Team Offense

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    QB: Blake Bell, Oklahoma

    RB: Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma State
    RB: Damien Williams, Oklahoma

    WR: Mike Davis, Texas
    WR: Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma

    TE: Blake Jackson, Oklahoma State

    OL: Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State
    OL: Trey Hopkins, Texas
    OL: Quinton Spain, West Virginia
    OL: Bronson Irwin, Oklahoma
    OL: Spencer Drango, Baylor

Big 12 Second-Team Defense

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    DL: Dartwan Bush, Texas Tech
    DL: Will Clarke, West Virginia
    DL: Chuka Ndulue, Oklahoma
    DL: Desmond Jackson, Texas

    LB: Will Smith, Texas Tech
    LB: Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State
    LB: Corey Nelson, Oklahoma

    DB: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
    DB: Carrington Byndom, Texas
    DB: Karl Joseph, West Virginia
    DB: Ahmad Dixon, Baylor

Big 12 Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State

    RB: Johnathan Gray, Texas

    WR: Tevin Reese, Baylor

    TE: Jordan Najvar, Baylor

    OL: Donald Hawkins, Texas

    DL: Terrance Lloyd, Baylor

    LB: Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State

    DB: Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma State

    K: Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma

    P: Ethan Perry, TCU

Big East First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

    QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

    RB: Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
    RB: Charles Sims, Houston

    WR: Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
    WR: DeVante Parker, Louisville

    TE: Sean Price, South Florida

    OL: Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati
    OL: Antwan Lowery, Rutgers
    OL: Austen Bujnoch, Cincinnati
    OL: Torrian Wilson, UCF
    OL: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers

Big East First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut

    DL: Aaron Lynch, South Florida
    DL: Marcus Smith, Louisville
    DL: Jamil Merrell, Rutgers
    DL: Martin Ifedi, Memphis

    LB: Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
    LB: Greg Blair, Cincinnati
    LB: Preston Brown, Louisville

    DB: Calvin Pryor, Louisville
    DB: Hakeem Smith, Louisville
    DB: Mark Joyce, South Florida
    DB: Trevon Stewart, Houston

Big East Second-Team Offense

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    QB: Blake Bortles, UCF

    RB: Dominique Brown, Louisville
    RB: Storm Johnson, UCF

    WR: Deontay Greenberry, Houston
    WR: Anthony McClung, Cincinnati

    TE: Ryan Hubbell, Louisville

    OL: Jamon Brown, Louisville
    OL: Quinterrius Eatmon, South Florida
    OL: Kevin Friend, Connecticut
    OL: Jordan McCray, UCF
    OL: Jake Smith, Louisville

Big East Second-Team Defense

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    DL: Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
    DL: Ryne Giddins, South Florida
    DL: Victor Gray, UCF
    DL: Tim Willman, Connecticut

    LB: Derrick Matthews, Houston
    LB: DeDe Lattimore, South Florida
    LB: Nate D. Smith, Temple

    DB: Clayton Geathers, UCF
    DB: Terrell Floyd, Louisville
    DB: Arryn Chenault, Cincinnati
    DB: Lorenzo Waters, Rutgers

Big East Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Gary Nova, Rutgers

    RB: Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati

    WR: Jeremy Johnson, SMU

    TE: Alan Cross, Memphis

    OL: Rowdy Harper, Houston

    DL: Elkino Watson, South Florida

    LB: Jamal Merrell, Rutgers

    DB: Byron Jones, Connecticut

    K: John Wallace, Louisville

    P: Riche Leone, Houston

Big Ten First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Braxton Miller, Ohio State

    QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State

    RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
    RB: Venric Mark, Northwestern

    WR: Allen Robinson, Penn State
    WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska

    TE: Kyle Carter, Penn State

    OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
    OL: Spencer Long, Nebraska
    OL: Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
    OL: Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
    OL: Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern

Big Ten First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

    DL: Tyler Scott, Northwestern
    DL: Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
    DL: Deion Barnes, Penn State
    DL: David Gilbert, Wisconsin

    LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
    LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
    LB: Anthony Hitchens, Iowa

    DB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State
    DB: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
    DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
    DB: Christian Bryant, Ohio State

Big Ten Second-Team Offense

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    QB: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska

    RB: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
    RB: James White, Wisconsin

    WR: Devin Smith, Ohio State
    WR: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

    TE: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

    OL: Travis Jackson, Michigan State
    OL: Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska
    OL: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
    OL: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
    OL: John Urschel, Penn State

Big Ten Second-Team Defense

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    DL: Jibreel Black, Michigan
    DL: Adolphus Washington, Ohio State
    DL: Ryan Russell, Purdue
    DL: Marcus Rush, Michigan State

    LB: Max Bullough, Michigan State
    LB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
    LB: James Morris, Iowa

    DB: Ciante Evans, Nebraska
    DB: Dezmen Southward, Wisconsin
    DB: Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
    DB: C.J. Barnett, Ohio State

Big Ten Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Devin Gardner, Michigan

    RB: Zach Zwinak, Penn State

    WR: Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

    TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan

    OL: Austin Blythe, Iowa

    DL: Beau Allen, Wisconsin

    LB: Damien Proby, Northwestern

    DB: Blake Countess, Michigan

    K: Brendan Gibbons, Michigan

    P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Pac-12 First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Marqise Lee, USC

    QB: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

    RB: Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
    RB: De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon

    WR: Marqise Lee, USC
    WR: Austin Hill, Arizona

    TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

    OL: David Yankey, Stanford
    OL: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
    OL: Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
    OL: Tyler Johnstone, Oregon
    OL: Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State

Pac-12 First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Will Sutton, Arizona State

    DL: Will Sutton, Arizona State
    DL: Scott Crichton, Oregon State
    DL: Morgan Breslin, USC
    DL: Ben Gardner, Stanford

    LB: Anthony Barr, UCLA 
    LB: Hayes Pullard, USC
    LB: Trent Murphy, Stanford

    DB: Ed Reynolds, Stanford
    DB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
    DB: Deone Bucannon, Washington State
    DB: Tevin McDonald, UCLA

Pac-12 Second-Team Offense

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    QB: Kevin Hogan, Stanford

    RB: Bishop Sankey, Washington
    RB: Silas Redd, USC

    WR: Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
    WR: Kasen Williams, Washington

    TE: Chris Coyle, Arizona State

    OL: Jake Fisher, Oregon
    OL: Kevin Danser, Stanford
    OL: Max Tuerk, USC
    OL: Evan Finkenberg, Arizona State
    OL: Cameron Fleming, Stanford

Pac-12 Second-Team Defense

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    DL: Taylor Hart, Oregon
    DL: Leonard Williams, USC
    DL: Cassius Marsh, UCLA
    DL: Henry Anderson, Stanford

    LB: Jake Fischer, Arizona
    LB: Eric Kendricks, UCLA
    LB: Dion Bailey, USC

    DB: Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State
    DB: Shaquille Richardson, Arizona
    DB: Erick Dargan, Oregon
    DB: Sean Parker, Washington

Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Brett Hundley, UCLA

    RB: Storm Woods, Oregon State

    WR: Shaquelle Evans, UCLA

    TE: Colt Lyerla, Oregon

    OL: Kevin Graf, USC

    DL: Arik Armstead, Oregon

    LB: Marquis Flowers, Arizona

    DB: Shaq Thompson, Washington

    K: Trevor Romaine, Oregon State

    P: Darragh O’Neill, Colorado

SEC First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

    QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

    RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia
    RB: TJ Yeldon, Alabama

    WR: Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
    WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama

    TE: Arthur Lynch, Georgia

    OL: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
    OL: Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
    OL: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
    OL: La’El Collins, LSU
    OL: Chris Burnette, Georgia

SEC First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

    DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
    DL: Anthony Johnson, LSU
    DL: Kony Ealy, Missouri
    DL: Dominique Easley, Florida

    LB: CJ Mosley, Alabama
    LB: AJ Johnson, Tennessee
    LB: Adrian Hubbard, Alabama

    DB: Craig Loston, LSU
    DB: Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
    DB: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama
    DB: E.J. Gaines, Missouri

SEC Second-Team Offense

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    QB: AJ McCarron, Alabama

    RB: Jeremy Hill, LSU
    RB: Ben Malena, Texas A&M

    WR: Mike Evans, Texas A&M
    WR: Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss

    TE: Rory Anderson, South Carolina

    OL: Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
    OL: Jonotthan Harrison, Florida
    OL: Trai Turner, LSU
    OL: Anthony Steen, Alabama
    OL: Travis Swanson, Arkansas

SEC Second-Team Defense

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    DL: C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss
    DL: Garrison Smith, Georgia
    DL: Ed Stinson, Alabama
    DL: Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

    LB: Trey DePriest, Alabama
    LB: Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
    LB: Lamin Barrow, LSU

    DB: Andre Hal, Vanderbilt
    DB: Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M
    DB: Jalen Mills, LSU
    DB: Marcus Roberson, Florida

SEC Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Aaron Murray, Georgia

    RB: LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

    WR: Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

    TE: Nehemiah Hicks, Texas A&M

    OL: JaWuan James, Tennessee

    DL: Chris Smith, Arkansas

    LB: Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

    DB: Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss

    K: Carey Spear, Vanderbilt

    P: Kyle Christy, Florida

Conference USA First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech

    QB: Rakeem Cato, Marshall

    RB: Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
    RB: Trey Watts, Tulsa

    WR: Justin Hardy, East Carolina
    WR: Ryan Grant, Tulane

    TE: Gator Hoskins, Marshall

    OL: Will Simmons, East Carolina
    OL: Drew Carroll, Rice
    OL: Josh Walker, Middle Tennessee State
    OL: Cyril Lemon, North Texas
    OL: Jon Hodde, Rice

Conference USA First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Cameron Nwosu, Rice

    DL
    : Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech
    DL: Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss
    DL: Cody Bauer, Rice
    DLIK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech

    LB: Cameron Nwosu, Rice
    LB: Jeremy Grove, East Carolina
    LB: Shawn Jackson, Tulsa

    DB: Phillip Gaines, Rice
    DB: Marco Nelson, Tulsa
    DB: Adonis Armstrong, East Carolina
    DB: Levander Liggins, Louisiana Tech

Conference USA Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Cody Green, Tulsa

    RB: Darrin Reaves, UAB

    WR: Tommy Shuler, Marshall

    TE: Nexon Dorvilus, Florida Atlantic

    OL: Jordan Jeffries, Marshall

    DL: Horace Miller, UTEP

    LB: Derrell Johnson, East Carolina

    DB: Deron Wilson, Southern Miss

    K: Cairo Santos, Tulane

    P: Tyler Williams, Marshall

MAC First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

    QB: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

    RB: Dri Archer, Kent State
    RB: Beau Blankenship, Ohio

    WR: Alex Neutz, Buffalo
    WR: Nick Harwell, Miami (Ohio)

    TE: Zane Fakes, Ball State

    OL: Zac Kerin, Toledo
    OL: Tyler Loos, Northern Illinois
    OL: Dominic Flewellyn, Bowling Green
    OL: Jordan Hansel, Ball State
    OL: Nick Beamish, Central Michigan

MAC First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Roosevelt Nix, Kent State

    DL: Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
    DL: Jonathan Newsome, Ball State
    DL: Colby Way, Buffalo
    DL: Joe Windsor, Northern Illinois

    LB: Khalil Mack, Buffalo
    LB: Chris Wade, Miami (Ohio)
    LB: Gabe Martin, Bowling Green

    DB: Dayonne Nunley, Miami (Ohio)
    DB: Luke Wollet, Kent State
    DB: Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
    DB: Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan

MAC Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Tyler Tettleton, Ohio

    RB: David Fluellen, Toledo

    WR: Willie Snead, Ball State

    TE: Alex Bayer, Bowling Green

    OL: John Prior, Ohio

    DL: Travonte Boles, Western Michigan

    LB: Trent Voss, Toledo

    DB: Jerry Gates, Bowling Green

    K: Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo

    P: Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green

Mountain West First-Team Offense

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    MVP: David Fales, San Jose State

    QB: David Fales, San Jose State

    RB: Adam Muema, San Diego State
    RB: Kasey Carrier, New Mexico

    WR: Davante Adams, Fresno State
    WR: Noel Grigsby, San Jose State

    TE: Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State

    OL: Austin Wentworth, Fresno State
    OL: Tyler Larsen, Utah State
    OL: Charles Leno, Boise State
    OL: Weston Richburg, Colorado State
    OL: Bryce Quigley, San Diego State

Mountain West First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Jake Fely, San Diego State

    DL: Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
    DL: Brock Hekking, Nevada
    DL: Travis Raciti, San Jose State
    DL: Tyeler Davison, Fresno State

    LB: Jake Fely, San Diego State
    LB: Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State
    LB: Keith Smith, San Jose State

    DB: L.J. Jones, Fresno State
    DB: Bene Benwikere, San Jose State
    DB: Nat Berhe, San Diego State
    DB: Jeremy Ioane, Boise State

Mountain West Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Derek Carr, Fresno State

    RB: Tim Cornett, UNLV

    WR: Matt Miller, Boise State

    TE: Holden Huff, Boise State

    OL: Joel Bitonio, Nevada

    DL: Andy Jennings, Fresno State

    LB: Art Laurel, Hawaii 

    DB: Derron Smith, Fresno State

    K: Austin Lopez, San Jose State

    P: Ben Skaer, New Mexico

Sun Belt First-Team Offense

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    MVP: Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky

    QB: Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette

    RB: Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
    RB: David Oku, Arkansas State

    WR: J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State
    WR: Je’Ron Hamm, Louisiana-Monroe

    TE: Jacob Maxwell, Louisiana-Lafayette

    OL: Andre Huval, Louisiana-Lafayette
    OL: Josh Allen, Louisiana-Monroe
    OL: Sean Conway, Western Kentucky
    OL: Melvin Meggs, South Alabama
    OL: Daniel Quave, Louisiana-Lafayette

Sun Belt First-Team Defense

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    MVP: Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky

    DL: Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State
    DL: Christian Ringo, Louisiana-Lafayette
    DL: Amos Draper, Arkansas State
    DL: Alex Page, South Alabama

    LB: Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky
    LB: Justin Anderson, Louisiana-Lafayette
    LB: Qushan Lee, Arkansas State

    DB: Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky
    DB: Isaiah Newsome, Louisiana-Monroe
    DB: Sterling Young, Arkansas State
    DB: Tyrell Pearson, South Alabama

Sun Belt Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    QB: Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe

    RB: Alonzo Harris, Louisiana-Lafayette

    WR: Eric Thomas, Troy

    TE: Wes Saxton, South Alabama

    OL: Charlie Tuttle, Texas State

    DL: Gerrand Johnson, Louisiana-Monroe

    LB: Enrique Williams, South Alabama

    DB: Cam Thomas, Western Kentucky

    K: Brian Davis, Arkansas State

    P: Will Scott, Troy

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