Bleacher Report's 2013 College Football All-America Team
Now that the college football regular season has come to an end, it's about that time to start handing out individual accomplishments.
One of the most honorable awards is being named to the All-America team. It means that these guys were one of the best players throughout the year at a particular position. And with thousands of players taking the field each Saturday, that's certainly saying something. There were plenty of names who could have made this list, but only a select few stood out and helped raise the bar to its highest point.
These players include a 2,000-yard rusher, a redshirt freshman quarterback and a pair of ACC defensive linemen who helped carry their teams to the bowl season.
Read on to find out Bleacher Report's 2013 College Football All-America team.
Jameis Winston, Florida State Seminoles
Winston was nearly as good as Johnny Manziel was last season. Except, this redshirt freshman helped lead Florida State to a national championship berth.
Did anybody see that happening before the season started?
Winston threw for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns this season. And while he did much of his damage in the pocket, he also ran for 193 yards and four touchdowns. Winston was the leader of the team and was often caught giving epic pregame speeches. He never came across as a first-year player.
The young quarterbacks continue to rise, and Winston is just another example.
Andre Williams, Boston College Eagles
Williams never really got the respect he deserved this season, but he did lead the country with 2,102 rushing yards. He had five games of more than 200 yards and scored at least one touchdown in nine games.
Williams was the workhorse for Boston College, carrying the ball 329 times. Without his efforts, the Eagles probably wouldn't have clinched a bowl berth for the first time since 2010. The senior running back deserves some Heisman consideration.
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona Wildcats
While Carey didn't repeat his efforts of leading the country in rushing yards, he did run for 1,716 yards this season, which was fifth-best mark in college football. Not too shabby.
Carey topped 100 rushing yards in all 11 games he played in this season. He also scored 18 total touchdowns, including a four-touchdown performance to help Arizona upset Oregon.
Carey was once again the heart and soul of the Arizona offense, and he helped lead the program to a second straight bowl appearance under head coach Rich Rodriguez.
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State Beavers
Cooks led the country with 1,670 receiving yards. Every game, defenses knew that the junior receiver was going to be targeted early and often, but they still couldn't stop him.
Cooks had six games of double-digit receptions and finished the season with 120 catches. No other player on his team had at least 50 catches. Cooks also ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Pass-happy offense or not, Cooks made the Oregon State offense click.
Davante Adams, Fresno State Bulldogs
While quarterback Derek Carr was getting a lot of the love for Fresno State's season, his success wouldn't have been possible without Adams on the outside. The sophomore receiver was on the receiving end of 23 touchdowns, which leads any other player in college football by at least eight.
Adams also topped 100 receptions for the second straight season (122) and finished second in the country with 1,645 receiving yards. Adams and his video game numbers helped Fresno State win 11 games for the first time since 2001.
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech Red Raiders
There's no other tight end in the country who deserves to even be in the same conversation as Amaro. He was the ultimate weapon for Texas Tech and was often used as a wide receiver for the Red Raiders. Hey, you might as well be versatile when defenses can't stop you regardless.
Amaro exploded during his junior year for 98 receptions, 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns. He had five games of more than 100 receiving yards and nine games of at least eight receptions.
At some point, somebody should try and cover him, huh?
Amaro was by far the best tight end in college football this season.
David Yankey, Stanford Cardinal
Stanford has produced some quality offensive linemen over the years, and Yankey is the next guy to have stepped to the plate.
The team captain was a part of a Stanford offensive line that allowed only 15 sacks in 13 games. He also opened running lanes that led to 210 rushing yards per game.
Don't be surprised if Yankey leaves school a year early to go pro.
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M Aggies
Matthews replaced former Aggie Luke Joeckel to protect Johnny Manziel's blindside. He did his job fairly well. Texas A&M only allowed 20 sacks in 12 games, and a lot of those were due to Manziel holding onto the ball a little too long.
Matthews consistently kept the pressure off of last year's Heisman winner and even has NFL scouts drooling over his ability.
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Ducks
Ask who is the brain behind Oregon's explosive offense, and you'll probably get several different answers. Unfortunately, center Hroniss Grasu's name may never pop up.
Once again, he was the leader of Oregon's offense line and helped the Ducks lead the Pac-12 with 278 rushing yards per game. The team was also solid in pass protection, allowing only 16 sacks in 12 games.
Luckily, Grasu has announced that he'll return to school for one more season.
Cyril Richardson, Baylor Bears
Ever wonder how Baylor is able to produce off-the-wall numbers offensively? Well, you try to get past a guy who stands in at 6'5" and weighs 340 pounds.
Richardson was the go-to guy on Baylor's offensive line, as a lot of the runs went to his side. The result was an average of 264 rushing yards per game, which led the Big 12.
Richardson is a big boy who should continue to climb up NFL draft boards.
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State allowed 22 sacks in 12 games this season. It's an average of almost two per game, but Jackson didn't allow a single sack all year.
Jackson was flawless all season, and he was even good enough to take home the Conley Trophy, which is awarded to the best football player in Mississippi. He may not be the flashy name you were expecting, but he was just as effective as any other lineman in college football.
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh Panthers
Pittsburgh has few difference makers on defense. Luckily, Donald fills the roll of a couple men on the defensive front.
The senior lineman led the country with 26.5 tackles for loss. He also added 10 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles.
Donald may have been the best defensive player in college football.
Vic Beasley, Clemson Tigers
Beasley is another ACC defender who deserves some love.
While Clemson's offense got much of the credit this season, he led the way on defense with 19 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Beasley also returned a fumble for a touchdown, forced four fumbles and batted down six passes. He was a one-man wrecking crew who always seemed to make plays when Clemson needed it most.
Michael Sam, Missouri Tigers
There were a lot of reasons Missouri was able to take a giant step forward in the SEC. Sam was certainly one of them.
The senior defensive lineman led the SEC with 10.5 sacks. He also added 18 tackles for loss, 45 tackles, a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble.
Like much of his team, Sam took his game to another level this season.
Forget Teddy Bridgewater, Smith was the player who should have received a little bit more respect on a national level for the Cardinals.
He averaged 3.33 tackles per game and led the way with 16.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. Smith also forced three fumbles and blocked a kick, as he really ended his Louisville career with a bang.
Trent Murphy, Stanford Cardinal
Stanford continues to prove that it probably has the best group of linebackers in the country, and Murphy is the leader of that unit.
His 58 tackles were only good for sixth on the team, but he did have 21.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. He also returned an interception for a touchdown, blocked a kick and batted down six passes.
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State Buckeyes
No linebacker in the country had more tackles for loss than Shazier (23.5). The junior once again was the playmaker for Ohio State, as his 135 tackles was good for fourth in college football. If those weren't enough, Shazier also had seven sacks, four passes defensed and four forced fumbles.
C.J. Mosley, Alabama Crimson Tide
It is hard to leave Mosley off the list when he just won the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker.
Mosley also led the Crimson Tide with 102 tackles. He didn't come up with any sacks or interceptions like he did last season, but he was once again the brain behind Alabama's defensive success, and it was almost good enough to lead Alabama back to the SEC Championship Game.
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State's defense isn't the best in the country on accident, as players such as Dennard helped get it to that level.
The junior defensive back finished second on the team with 86 tackles and intercepted four passes. His ball-hawking ability made it tough for quarterbacks to throw the ball, as he also broke up six passes and forced a fumble.
Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State Seminoles
Joyner did a little bit of everything to help Florida State reach the national championship. His 64 tackles and two interceptions were nice, but it was the five sacks and three forced fumbles that really helped make the difference.
He's a player who was all over the field and came up big in the biggest games. He also contributed on kickoffs, returning five kicks for 110 yards.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon Ducks
Ekpre-Olomu proved that he is once again one of the best shutdown corners college football has to offer. The junior had 78 tackles, three interceptions and six passes broken up this season.
He was also one of three defensive backs to hold Oregon State's Brandin Cooks without a touchdown this season. He's going to make an NFL franchise very happy.
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Gilbert really shined his senior year and proved that he's one of the top corners in the game.
His 40 tackles are a sign that many receivers didn't catch the ball thrown his way. His six interceptions and seven passes defensed are further evidence that he made sure catches were going to be tough to come by.
Gilbert showed that Oklahoma State really could play defense.
Pat O'Donnell, P, Miami
O'Donnell, who transferred from Cincinnati, really helped give Miami a boost on special teams. He finished third in the country with an average of 47.32 yards per punt.
Many of his 45 attempts were pinned inside the 20-yard line, and he also had 37 touchbacks on 77 kickoff attempts. What's even more impressive is that O'Donnell is a big guy who would sometimes be the one making the tackle on the ball carrier.
Jeff Budzien, K, Northwestern
Budzien made 23-of-25 field goal attempts for Northwestern this year, including 3-of-4 beyond 40 yards. His 92 percent field goal percentage was good for ninth in the country, which is the highest percentage of any kicker who averaged at least two kicks per game. Budzien was also a perfect 35-of-35 on extra point attempts, which means he has yet to miss an extra point in his career.
Ty Montgomery, KR, Stanford
Montgomery led the country with an average of 31.16 yards per kickoff return. Despite being a productive receiver for Stanford, the junior returned 32 kicks for a total of 997 yards and two touchdowns. One of those scores helped the Cardinal win a crucial conference game against Washington.
Montgomery proved to be one of the most explosive returners in the country.
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