Anthony Barr, UCLA
Linebacker is the most stacked position in America this year—outside linebacker in particular—but Barr still stands out as a fairly obvious choice.
He leads the nation with five forced fumbles and ranks fifth with 1.86 tackles for loss per game. He is a nightmare to block coming off the edge, and since he is still just learning the linebacker position, there's no telling how high his future ceiling might be.
Barr has played himself into an easy top-five selection in April's NFL Draft, and he might have some collegiate hardware on his shelf by the time that process comes around.
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
The individual numbers may not back up Mosley as a first-team All-American, but that's just proof that sometimes stats can be misleading.
Alabama's defensive leader is the best player on a unit that's looked unbeatable against teams that don't have Johnny Manziel on their roster.
Mosley's sideline-to-sideline speed is the bedrock of Alabama's entire defensive scheme, allowing Kirby Smart flexibility to dial-up pass-rushers or drop players into coverage without having to fear getting shredded on the ground.
He's the engine that makes America's best defense go.
Trent Murphy, Stanford
Murphy started the year slowly, but he has ramped up his production in recent weeks and is a big reason why Stanford—despite a cracker-stale offense—is probably the best one-loss team in America.
He ranks third in the nation with 13.5 tackles for loss and second with 90 tackle-for-loss yards. Both of those numbers are first in the nation among linebackers, a testament to his positional versatility since he can also line up with his hand on the ground.
After logging 3.5 tackles for loss in the stymieing of Oregon State on Saturday, Murphy is up to 10 in his last four games alone. No one is trending upward faster than he is right now.
Second Team: Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Second Team: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Second Team: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State