"It's summertime, summertime, summertime," sang The Jamies in 1958. It is a song that says it all about this time of year. Cut loose, be free, and enjoy life to the hilt.
With this season comes the ever-present journalistic preview of who will be a member of the All-American college football team this season.
While we are at it, let's knock out an award or two.
Jerry Hughes Texas Christian 6'3" 255 Senior
George Selvie South Florida 6'4" 248 Senior
"Mount" Cody Alabama 6'5" 365 Senior
Gerald McCoy Oklahoma 6'5" 295 Junior
Rolando McClain Alabama 6'4" 255 Junior
Greg Jones Michigan State 6'1" 225 Junior
Brandon Spikes Florida 6'3" 260 Senior
Morgan Burnett Ga Tech 6'1" 212 Junior
Taylor Mays Southern California 6'3" 233 Senior
Trevard Lindley Kentucky 5'11" 175 Senior
Eric Berry Tennessee 5'11" 205 Junior
Zane Beadles Utah 6'5" 310 Senior
Trent Williams Oklahoma 6'5" 310 Senior
Brandon Carter Texas Tech 6'7" 360 Senior
Russell Okung Oklahoma State 6'6" 310 Senior
Ciron Black Louisiana State 6'5" 330 Senior
Dez Bryant Oklahoma State 6'2" 215 Junior
Dezmon Briscoe Kansas 6'3" 210 Junior
Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma 6'6" 265 Senior
Jonathan Dwyer Ga Tech 6'0" 237 Junior
Jahvid Best California 5'10" 196 Junior
Tim Tebow Florida 6'3" 248 Senior
Zoltan Mesko Michigan 6'5" 240 Senior
Kai Forbath UCLA 6'0" 200 Junior
When it comes to the outstanding players, this may be one of the great classes of recent times. Let's take a look at the best of the best.
Best Defensive Back
Although supporters of Ga Tech's powerful "Captain Morgan" Burnett may angrily deny it, Kentucky's Trevard Lindley has paid his dues and deserves the recognition of being the best going into this season.
Michigan State's Greg Jones is a terrific run stopper, but Brandon Spikes of the Gators is a special player who stands alone.
Best Defensive Lineman
Alabama's monstrous Mountain Man may have this award before it is over, but Jerry Hughes of the Horned Frogs is the choice here.
Best Offensive Lineman
Tough call among all the great Big 12 stars, but the call will go to the Cowboys' Russell Okung.
Another Cowboy, Dez Bryant, stands out among an elite group.
Best Offensive Back
The fearsome Jonathan Dwyer of Ga Tech and the elusive Jahvid Best of Cal may have the better professional potential, but this is a college award, and there have been few players to equal Florida's Tim Tebow in the history of the game.
Of the 24 players listed above, seven each come from the SEC and the Big 12. This is a reflection of the power of those two leagues.
The Pac-10 provides three stars to the list.
The Big East is represented by a single player, while the Mountain West, Big Ten, and ACC present two performers from their conferences to round out the remaining six positions.
Injuries, poor seasons, bad decisions, and losing records can all have an effect on who becomes an All-American.
It would not be a surprise if these players continue their steady pace—and by doing so, end up with hardware they can be proud of for decades to come.
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