College Football 2014: Preseason All-American and All-Conference Teams

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IMarch 6, 2014

College Football 2014: Preseason All-American and All-Conference Teams

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    The college football world experienced a devastating depletion of talent this offseason, which included a record 98 underclassmen who declared early for the 2014 NFL draft. Gone are big-name stars such as Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Teddy Bridgewater and many of the other top performers from the 2013 season.

    Though the sport lost an almost unprecedented amount of star power, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many returning players who are worthy of praise and recognition. Defending Heisman-winner Jameis Winston is the sport’s biggest, most talked-about star, and he’s the face of one of the strongest groups of quarterbacks we’ve seen in quite some time. Still, Winston is just one of the many intriguing talents that will be on display this fall.

    Who are the rest?

    Here’s a look at the players who are projected to be college football’s top performers in 2014.

All-American: First-Team Offense

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    Jameis Winston
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    QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State

    RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia
    RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

    WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama
    WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor

    TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan

    OT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
    OT: Cameron Erving, Florida State
    OG: Tre Jackson, Florida State
    OG: Laken Tomlinson, Duke
    OC: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State

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    Jameis Winston
    Jameis WinstonBob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

    Jameis Winston often thanks god for blessing him with his rare physical abilities. After witnessing Winston's dazzling debut campaign in 2013, it's obvious that god must have been in a generous mood the day he created Famous Jameis.

    Winston, a multi-sport star who is currently suiting up for Florida State's baseball team, is a true athletic marvel. 

    During his first season as a starter in 2013, the former 5-star recruit from Alabama became college football's new cover boy, emerging as the sport's latest breakout star signal-caller. His Heisman-winning performance—in which he threw for over 4,000 yards, accounted for 44 touchdowns and led the Seminoles to an undefeated record and a BCS title—wasn't just one of the best introductory seasons ever, it was one of the greatest individual achievements in college football history.

RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia

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    Todd Gurley
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    Todd Gurley's performance during his first two seasons at Georgia has drawn comparisons to former legendary Bulldog rusher Herschel Walker. Though Gurley's not yet reached Walker's elite level of dominance, Walker himself has been impressed with the young back, telling the August Chronicle that Gurley is an "incredible back."

    The 6'1'', 232-pound junior is a bulldozing back who isn't just any ordinary power back. He has the speed and quickness to create big plays any time the ball is in his hands. In 24 games of action, Gurley has totaled 2,373 rushing yards on 387 touches (6.1 yards per carry), caught 53 passes for 558 yards and scored 33 touchdowns.

    He and teammate Keith Marshall will form the best running back duo in the country in 2014.

RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

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    Melvin Gordon
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    Wisconsin doesn't only have a rich recent history of producing top-of-the-line offensive line prospects, Madison's also been home to many prolific rushers in recent years as well. After playing third-wheel behind Montee Ball and James White in 2012, and then deferring carries to White last season, Melvin Gordon is now the latest Badger back who is ready to carve his name into the program's record book.

    Gordon's play bordered on astounding in 2013, as he rushed for 1,609 yards on just 206 carries (7.8 YPC) and scored 12 touchdowns.

    Foregoing the chance to be the first running back taken in this year's NFL draft was certainly a risk. Ultimately, if the reward is a 2014 Heisman, it'll indeed prove to be a wise decision.

WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama

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    Amari Cooper
    Amari CooperMark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

    Julio Jones' first two seasons at Alabama: 101 catches, 1,520 yards and eight touchdowns.

    Amari Cooper's first two seasons at Alabama: 103 catches, 1,735 yards and 15 touchdowns.

    The 6'1'', 202-pound Cooper may not be the same type of physically intimidating presence as Jones was during his days in Tuscaloosa, but he's proven that he can produce at a high level in a No. 1 receiving role just like his predecessor.

    Though the Miami native will suffer from having a new quarterback to build chemistry with, that shouldn't stop Cooper from producing at a high level once again in 2014. Like Jones, he'll enter his junior year dealing with the pressure of being anointed as a potential first-round NFL draft prospect.

WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor

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    Antwan Goodley
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    Baylor's latest speedy home-run playmaker: WR Antwan Goodley was one of the key weapons for a Bear offense that ranked first in the nation in scoring and fifth in the country in passing offense in 2013. Following in the footsteps of recent standouts such as Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams and Josh Gordon, Goodley developed into a dangerous receiving weapon as a junior, catching 71 passes for 1,339 yards and 13 touchdowns.

    His 14 catches of over 30 yards tied for third in the country, while his 18.8 yards per catch average ranked 13th nationally.

    The 5'10'', 220-pound senior is a thick, strong and highly gifted pass-catcher who can create momentum-swinging, game-changing plays in an instant. Goodley will once again be QB Bryce Petty's go-to target in 2014.

TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan

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    Devin Funchess
    Devin FunchessRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    The college football world lost a trio of tremendously talented underclassmen tight ends—Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. All three declared early for the 2014 NFL draft, which means Devin Funchess now deserves to be recognized as the new best tight end in college football.

    Funchess possesses the complete physical skills package that most tight ends can only dream of. The 6'5'', 235-pound junior used his rare size-speed combination to his advantage in 2013, when he hauled in 49 catches for 748 yards and six touchdowns. 

    The big, athletic TE is a frightening matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, and he's the type of receiving weapon that Michigan will rely on heavily yet again this fall. 

OT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

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    Cedric Ogbuehi
    Cedric OgbuehiDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Throughout his time at Texas A&M, Cedric Ogbuehi has always been overshadowed by fellow Aggie offensive linemen Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel. That's understandable considering how highly regarded both Matthews and Joeckel were as collegiate players.

    Now, though, with Matthews gone, Ogbuehi will finally have the opportunity to show off his skills and shine as the featured blocker of A&M's offensive line. The remarkably athletic 6'5'', 300-pound senior should be ready to make the most of his one year in the spotlight, as he's expected to switch from right tackle to the all-important left side to fill in for the departed Matthews.

    Ogbuehi is arguably the most athletic lineman in college football, and he's the type of gifted physical specimen that will have NFL scouts buzzing. Though he reportedly received a first-round grade from the draft advisory board, the talented tackle made the decision to return to College Station for his senior year in order to continue to pursue his degree and to continue to improve his already soaring stock.

    It wouldn't be surprising if Ogbuehi ultimately ends up developing into an even better pro prospect than his former teammates Matthews and Joeckel. 

OT: Cameron Erving, Florida State

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    Cameron Erving
    Cameron ErvingPhil Sears/Associated Press

    Jameis Winston may have received all the glory and the praise for his Heisman-worthy performance in 2013. Still, even Winston will admit that he couldn't have accomplished all that he did without the help of his blindside bodyguard: left tackle Cameron Erving. 

    Erving looked outstanding during his second year as a starter, as he stepped into a leadership role and played a pivotal role in the Seminoles' success in the trenches. The incredibly nimble and agile 6'6'', 320-pound former defensive tackle not only helped keep Winston safe, he also helped to open up some huge holes for a rushing attack that averaged 5.6 yards per carry, which ranked 10th in the country. 

    After foregoing the chance to potentially be a first-round pick in this year's NFL draft, Erving will return to lead a loaded Florida State front-five which is shaping up to be college football's best offensive line in 2014.

OG: Tre Jackson, Florida State

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    Tre Jackson
    Tre JacksonStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Cameron Erving may be the leader of Florida State's offensive line, but he isn't the only standout the unit features. Like Erving, OG Tre Jackson has also separated himself from the crowd and proven that he's one of the top-flight talents at his position.

    After turning heads during his first season as a starter in 2012, Jackson took his game to another level in 2013. The 6'4'', 330-pound overwhelmed opposing defenders with his size, strength, nastiness and nearly flawless technique. 

    Jackson is a complete guard who excels in every facet of the game. After earning first-team All-ACC honors this past season, the massive mauler will now be looking to show off his skills on the national stage in 2014, playing for the defending champion Seminoles.

OG: Laken Tomlinson, Duke

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    Laken Tomlinson
    Laken TomlinsonBob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

    After escaping a poverty-stricken childhood in his homeland of Jamaica, Laken Tomlinson decided to take up football when he arrived in the United States. It was at Lane Tech in Chicago where Tomlinson blossomed from a raw project into a coveted recruit due to his unique blend of size, power and natural athleticism.

    If you just followed Tomlinson's collegiate career, however, you'd probably never suspect that just a few years ago he was a complete novice to the sport. That's because the 6'3'', 320-pound senior has consistently been one of the top blockers in the country ever since his Freshman All-American campaign in 2011.

    Tomlinson has the potential to develop into one of the top guard prospects in the 2015 NFL draft class. Few other linemen in college football possess the type of natural physical ability that he has to offer. 

OC: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

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    Durable, reliable and dependable are all great ways to describe Hroniss Grasu, who has started 40 straight games since taking over starting center duties as a redshirt freshman back in 2011. During Grasu's three years leading the way as the linchpin of Oregon's offensive line, the Ducks have routinely had one of the most potent rushing attacks in college football.

    The 6'3'', 297-pound senior has flourished in the team's primarily zone-blocking scheme, and he's helped open up huge holes for the Ducks' dangerous offensive weapons to burst through.

    You could easily make the argument that Grasu deserved to win the Rimington Trophy in 2013, since there wasn't another center in the sport who could compare to him this past season. Ultimately, though, losing out on the award should help the veteran centerpiece of Oregon's front-five stay hungry and motivated throughout the offseason, which means we should expect his best season yet in 2014.

All-American: First-Team Defense

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    Shilique Calhoun
    Shilique CalhounMike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

    DT: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
    DT: Christian Covington, Rice
    DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
    DE: Leonard Williams, USC

    LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
    LB: Ramik Wilson, Georgia
    LB: Myles Jack, UCLA

    CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
    CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
    S: Derron Smith, Fresno State
    S: Anthony Harris, Virginia

DT: Michael Bennett, Ohio State

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    Michael Bennett
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    After losing all four starting defensive linemen from the 2012 season, Ohio State desperately needed a new defensive line leader to emerge in 2013. Luckily, DT Michael Bennett was up for the challenge, as he became the new primary chaos-causer in the trenches.

    Bennett turned out to be an active run-stuffer as well as a valuable pass-rusher in the interior. The 6'3'', 285-pound senior racked up seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles and helped the Buckeyes rank ninth nationally in run defense. 

    Since both LB Ryan Shazier and CB Bradley Roby opted to head off to the NFL a year early, Bennett will now be counted on to be the true heart and soul of the Ohio State defense in 2014. 

DT: Christian Covington, Rice

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    Christian Covington
    Christian CovingtonTroy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

    Following in the footsteps of Ezekiel Ansah, Bjoern Werner, Brent Urban, Margus Hunt and Jesse Williams, Christian Covington is the latest foreign-born defensive lineman to excel against the highest level of competition American college football has to offer. The Canadian native has been one of the fiercest and most tenacious interior defenders in the country for the past two seasons. 

    The 6'3'', 295-pound junior has totaled 102 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss, 64 solo stops and nine sacks. The genetics that his father, CFL legend Grover Covington, handed down to him have been well evident. 

    2014 is the season Covington will go from just being one of the most feared defenders in Conference USA to being one of the most talked-about tackles in the nation. He could be this year's Aaron Donald.

DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

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    Shilique Calhoun
    Shilique CalhounMark A. Cunningham/Getty Images

    Michigan State's defense featured plenty of big names in 2013, but no Spartan defender had a bigger breakout campaign than DE Shilique Calhoun. The 6'4'', 250-pound junior totaled 7.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, 34 quarterback hits and 14 tackles for loss during his first season as a full-time starter. 

    Calhoun earned the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year award along with numerous All-American honors for his performance last fall. Now, he'll enter the upcoming season with the goal of cementing his status as a top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

    The 6'4'', 250-pound edge-rusher is loaded with potential. If he figures it all out in 2014, Calhoun will be a very scary presence on the edge of the Spartans' defensive front.

DE: Leonard Williams, USC

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    Leonard Williams
    Leonard WilliamsMark J. Terrill/Associated Press

    Last October, Ed Orgeron said that Leonard Williams was destined to be a "first-round pick" one day. Orgeron was right, but he forgot to mention the part about Williams being a legitimate contender to be the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. 

    The 6'5'', 290-pound junior racked up 73 tackles, including 31 solo stops, 12.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2013. 

    If he puts together the type of dominant junior performance he's capable of, Williams has a chance to be remembered as the best defensive lineman in USC history.

LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

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    Benardrick McKinney
    Benardrick McKinneyJohn David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

    In basic terms, Benardrick McKinney is big, fast and mean.

    The 6'5'', 235-pound junior is a powerful and physical playmaker who has the speed to make plays all over the field. 

    McKinney has totaled 172 tackles, including 87 solo stops, in his first two seasons. He appears to be on the fast track to becoming the SEC's next prominent star linebacker. 

    Mississippi State is one of the off-the-radar teams to watch out for in 2014, and No. 50 will be the Bulldogs' must-watch player. He's the most complete linebacker in college football.

LB: Ramik Wilson, Georgia

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    Ramik Wilson
    Ramik WilsonDaniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

    During his two seasons as a starter at Georgia, Jarvis Jones was one of the top impact defensive difference-makers in college football. Losing Jones was obviously a huge blow to the Bulldogs defense. But fortunately, Ramik Wilson stepped up in a huge way in 2013 and took over as the unit's new leader.

    This past season, Wilson led the SEC with 133 tackles, including a league-high 76 solo stops, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. The 6'2'', 232-pound senior displayed the same type of instincts, natural playmaking ability and non-stop motor as Jones did during his days in Athens. 

    New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has to be happy that he has a centerpiece cornerstone leader like Wilson to build his defense around for 2014.

LB: Myles Jack, UCLA

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    Myles Jack
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    After breaking ground by becoming the first player in Pac-12 history to win both the conference's Offensive Freshman Player of the Year and Defensive Freshman Player of the Year awards, it will be interesting to see what Myles Jack has in store for an encore in 2014.

    Jack proved that he could be a game-changer on both sides of the ball during his debut season. The versatile and ultra-athletic former 4-star recruit averaged seven yards per carry and rushed for seven touchdowns as a running back while adding 76 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions as a linebacker. 

    Though Jack has proven to be a capable rushing threat, it's likely that he'll primarily focus on defensive duties in the future, especially considering UCLA has to replace two top-notch linebackers: Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt. 

    With Barr and Zumwalt both gone, the explosive 6'1'', 225-pound sophomore will have an opportunity to show the college football world that he has what it takes to not only be an elite playmaker but a key defensive leader as well.

    Jack's one of the sport's fastest rising young stars. He has as high of a ceiling as any other player in the country.

CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

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    Vernon Hargreaves III
    Vernon Hargreaves IIIKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    The SEC has annually been home to some of the top cornerbacks in college football, including recent big-name standouts such as Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Joe Haden and Morris Claiborne.

    The conference's next great cornerback is Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III.

    As a true freshman, VHIII was the standout of a star-studded secondary, which also included soon-to-be NFL draft picks Jaylen Watkins, Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy. The 5'11'', 192-pound sophomore totaled 26 solo tackles, picked off three passes and broke up another 11 throws. He was also the most consistent cover corner for a secondary that ranked seventh nationally in pass defense.

    With his heralded teammates now gone, Hargreaves will have the stage to show off his true lock down cover ability in 2014.

CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

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    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
    Ifo Ekpre-OlomuScott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

    Oregon's high-powered offensive attack has captivated college football fans to such a degree that the Ducks defense often gets overshadowed, no matter how well the unit plays. This past season, while the offense was lighting up scoreboards, the Oregon secondary was quietly shutting down opposing pass attacks, ranking third in the nation with an average of just 5.5 yards per pass allowed.

    Though the defensive backfield lost three key starters: CB Terrance Mitchell and safeties Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson, the team's best defensive back—CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu—has returned to lead the secondary yet again.

    After putting together an outstanding junior campaign, in which he totaled 84 tackles and picked off three passes, Ekpre-Olomu could have potentially been a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Ultimately, though, he couldn't pass up the chance to shut down overmatched college receivers for one more year.

S: Derron Smith, Fresno State

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    Derron Smith
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    Fresno State's potent passing attack, led by QB Derek Carr and WR Davante Adams, was generating all the headlines in 2013. However, the Bulldogs also got a buzz-worthy performance from their top playmaker on the defensive side of the ball: safety Derron Smith. 

    Smith earned first-team All-Mountain West honors for the second year in a row after leading the conference with seven interceptions and totaling 87 tackles, including 60 solo stops, four sacks and eight tackles for loss. 

    The 5'11'', 200-pound senior is a fast, physical and highly instinctive ball-hawk in the secondary, and he's the type of leader that an entire defense can rally around. 

    With Carr and Adams both headed to the NFL, the Bulldogs "D" will have to step up and pick up some of the slack in 2014. Luckily, Smith should have the unit ready for the challenge. 

S: Anthony Harris, Virginia

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    Anthony Harris
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    Anthony Harris' breakout performance in 2013 was one of the few bright spots of Virginia's otherwise forgettable two-win campaign. Though his team may have been dreadful and completely off the national radar, Harris still managed to make folks take notice off his skills with his spectacular showcase season.

    The 6'1'', 190-pound senior earned first-team All-ACC accolades as well as numerous All-American honors after leading the nation with eight interceptions and totaling 80 tackles. Harris displayed a drastic improvement in coverage, as he finally figured out how to let his natural instincts and recognition skills take over.

    It's rare to see a safety at the college level who has the combination of size, speed, playmaking ability, coverage awareness and ball skills that Harris has to offer. He's a special specimen who has the skills that will translate very well to the next level. 

All-American: Second-Team Offense

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    Marcus Mariota
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    QB: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

    RB: TJ Yeldon, Alabama
    RB: Mike Davis, South Carolina

    WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
    WR: Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

    TE: Nick O’Leary, Florida State

    OT: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
    OT: Andrus Peat, Stanford
    OG: AJ Cann, South Carolina
    OG: Cyril Lemon, North Texas
    OC: Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State

All-American: Second-Team Defense

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    Vic Beasley
    Vic BeasleyGeoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    DT: Chris Jones, Mississippi State
    DT: Carl Davis, Iowa
    DE: Vic Beasley, Clemson
    DE: Randy Gregory, Nebraska

    LB: Hayes Pullard, USC
    LB: Denzel Perryman, Miami
    LB: A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

    CB: Blake Countess, Michigan
    CB: Lorenzo Doss, Tulane
    S: Jordan Richards, Stanford
    S: Sam Carter, TCU

All-American: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Ameer Abdullah
    Ameer AbdullahRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: Bryce Petty, Baylor

    RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

    WR: Nelson Agholor, USC

    TE: Wes Saxton, South Alabama

    OT: Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

    OG: Jamil Douglas, Arizona State

    OC: BJ Finney, Kansas State

    DT: Chucky Hunter, TCU

    DE: Cedric Reed, Texas

    LB: Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

    CB: Marcus Peters, Washington

    S: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

    K: Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

    P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

    KR: Ty Montgomery, Stanford

    PR: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

ACC: First-Team Offense

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    Karlos Williams
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    QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State

    RB: Karlos Williams, Florida State
    RB: Duke Johnson, Miami

    WR: Rashad Greene, Florida State
    WR: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

    TE: Nick O’Leary, Florida State

    OT: Cameron Erving, Florida State
    OT: Sean Hickey, Syracuse
    OG: Tre Jackson, Florida State
    OG: Laken Tomlinson, Duke
    OC: Jake Smith, Louisville

ACC: First-Team Defense

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    Denzel Perryman
    Denzel PerrymanRobert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

    DE: Vic Beasley, Clemson
    DE: Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
    DT: Grady Jarrett, Clemson
    DT: Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech

    LB: Denzel Perryman, Miami
    LB: Jabari Hunt-Days, Georgia Tech
    LB: Kelby Brown, Duke

    CB: Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
    CB: Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
    S: Anthony Harris, Virginia
    S: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

ACC: Second-Team Offense

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    Jake McGee
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    QB: Anthony Boone, Duke

    RB: Kevin Parks, Virginia
    RB: Dominique Brown, Louisville

    WR: Jamison Crowder, Duke
    WR: Quinshad Davis, North Carolina

    TE: Jake McGee, Virginia

    OT: Jonathan McLaughlin, Virginia Tech
    OT: Bobby Hart, Florida State
    OG: Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech
    OG: Josue Matias, Florida State
    OC: Andy Gallik, Boston College

ACC: Second-Team Defense

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    Jeremy Cash
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    DT: Thomas Teal, NC State
    DT: Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech
    DE: Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State
    DE: Anthony Chickillo, Miami

    LB: Stephone Anthony, Clemson
    LB: Terrance Smith, Florida State
    LB: Norkeithus Otis, North Carolina

    CB: P.J. Williams, Florida State
    CB: Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech
    S: Jeremy Cash, Duke
    S: Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech

ACC: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    DeVante Parker
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    QB: Marquise Williams, North Carolina

    RB: Trey Edmunds, Virginia Tech

    WR: DeVante Parker, Louisville

    TE: Clive Walford, Miami

    OT: Jon Heck, North Carolina

    OG: Landon Turner, North Carolina

    OC: David Wang, Virginia Tech

    DT: Jamal Bruce, Duke

    DE: Corey Crawford, Clemson

    LB: Dyshawn Davis, Syracuse

    CB: Charles Gaines, Louisville

    S: Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest

    K: Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

    P: A.J Hughes, Virginia Tech

    KR: DeVon Edwards, Duke

    PR: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

Big Ten: First-Team Offense

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    Melvin Gordon
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    QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State

    RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
    RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

    WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
    WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska

    TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan

    OT: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
    OT: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
    OG: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
    OG: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
    OC: Austin Blythe, Iowa

Big Ten: First-Team Defense

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    Chi Chi Ariguzo
    Chi Chi AriguzoMike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

    DT: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
    DT: Carl Davis, Iowa
    DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
    DE: Randy Gregory, Nebraska

    LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
    LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
    LB: Matt Robinson, Maryland

    CB: Blake Countess, Michigan
    CB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
    S: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
    S: Corey Cooper, Nebraska

Big Ten: Second-Team Offense

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    Connor Cook
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    QB: Connor Cook, Michigan State

    RB: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
    RB: Tevin Coleman, Indiana

    WR: Devin Smith, Ohio State
    WR: Shane Wynn, Indiana

    TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State

    OT: Jack Conklin, Michigan State
    OT: Donovan Smith, Penn State
    OG: Andrew Zeller, Maryland
    OG: Miles Dieffenbach, Penn State
    OC: Jack Allen, Michigan State

Big Ten: Second-Team Defense

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    Noah Spence
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    DT: Darius Hamilton, Rutgers
    DT: Louis Trinca-Pasat, Iowa
    DE: Noah Spence, Ohio State
    DE: Andre Monroe, Maryland

    LB: David Santos, Nebraska
    LB: Mason Monheim, Illinois
    LB: Desmond Morgan, Michigan

    CB: Tim Bennett, Indiana
    CB: Doran Grant, Ohio State
    S: Adrian Amos, Penn State
    S: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

Big Ten: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Devin Gardner
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    QB: Devin Gardner, Michigan

    RB: Venric Mark, Northwestern

    WR: Christian Jones, Northwestern

    TE: Tyler Kroft, Rutgers

    OT: Tyler Marz, Wisconsin

    OG: Kyle Kalis, Michigan

    OC: Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern

    DT: Darius Kilgo, Maryland

    DE: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

    LB: Mike Hull, Penn State

    CB: Desmond King, Iowa

    S: Earnest Thomas III, Illinois

    K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

    P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

    KR: Akeem Hunt, Purdue

    PR: Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa

Big 12: First-Team Offense

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    Bryce Petty
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    QB: Bryce Petty, Baylor

    RB: Desmond Roland, Oklahoma State
    RB: Shock Linwood, Baylor

    WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor
    WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

    TE: E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

    OT: Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech
    OT: Spencer Drango, Baylor
    OG: Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
    OG: Quinton Spain, West Virginia
    OC: B.J. Finney, Kansas State

Big 12: First-Team Defense

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    Cedric Reed
    Cedric ReedBrendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

    DT: Chucky Hunter, TCU DT: Malcom Brown, Texas DE: Cedric Reed, Texas DE: Ryan Mueller, Kansas State LB: Bryce Hager, Baylor LB: Eric Striker, Oklahoma LB: Ben Heeney, Kansas CB: Quandre Diggs, Texas CB: Kevin White, TCU S: Sam Carter, TCU S: Karl Joseph, West Virginia

Big 12: Second-Team Offense

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    Trevor Knight
    Trevor KnightPatrick Semansky/Associated Press

    QB: Trevor Knight, Oklahoma

    RB: Malcolm Brown, Texas
    RB: B.J. Catalan, TCU

    WR: Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
    WR: Levi Norwood, Baylor

    TE: Jimmy Mundine, Kansas

    OT: Daryl Williams, Oklahoma
    OT: Devin Davis, Oklahoma State
    OG: Ngalu Fusimalohi, Kansas
    OG: Desmine Hilliard, Baylor
    OC: Dominic Espinosa, Texas

Big 12:Second-Team Defense

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    Zack Sanchez
    Zack SanchezDenny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    DT: James Castleman, Oklahoma State
    DT: Rodney Coe, Iowa State
    DE: Charles Tapper, Oklahoma
    DE: Shawn Oakman, Baylor

    LB: Steve Edmond, Texas
    LB: Frank Shannon, Oklahoma
    LB: Nick Kwiatkoski, West Virginia

    CB: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
    CB: Nigel Tribune, Iowa State
    S: Chris Hackett, TCU
    S: Quentin Hayes, Oklahoma

Big 12: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Devonte Fields
    Devonte FieldsJerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: JW Walsh, Oklahoma State

    RB: Devin Chafin, Baylor

    WR: Jaxon Shipley, Texas

    TE: Blake Bell, Oklahoma

    OT: Desmond Harrison, Texas

    OG: Mark Glowinski, West Virginia

    OC: Tom Farniok, Iowa State

    DT: Andrew Billings, Baylor

    DE: Devonte Fields, TCU

    LB: Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma

    CB: Tyler Patmon, Oklahoma State

    S: Isaiah Johnson, Kansas

    K: Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma

    P: Spencer Roth, Baylor

    KR: Corey Coleman, Baylor

    PR: Levi Norwood, Baylor

Pac-12: First-Team Offense

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    Jaelen Strong
    Jaelen StrongStephen Lam/Getty Images

    QB: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

    RB: Byron Marshall, Oregon
    RB: Javorius Allen, USC

    WR: Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
    WR: Nelson Agholor, USC

    TE: Connor Hamlett, Oregon State

    OT: Andrus Peat, Stanford
    OT: Jake Fisher, Oregon
    OG: Jamil Douglas, Arizona State
    OG: Max Tuerk, USC
    OC: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

Pac-12: First-Team Defense

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    Leonard Williams
    Leonard WilliamsMark J. Terrill/Associated Press

    DT: Danny Shelton, Washington
    DT: David Parry, Stanford
    DE: Leonard Williams, USC
    DE: Henry Anderson, Stanford

    LB: Myles Jack, UCLA
    LB: Hayes Pullard, USC
    LB: Derrick Malone, Oregon

    CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
    CB: Marcus Peters, Washington
    S: Jordan Richards, Stanford
    S: Su'a Cravens, USC

Pac-12: Second-Team Offense

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    Brett Hundley
    Brett HundleyEric Francis/Getty Images

    QB: Brett Hundley, UCLA

    RB: Storm Woods, Oregon State
    RB: D.J. Foster, Arizona State

    WR: Ty Montgomery, Stanford
    WR: Kasen Williams, Washington

    TE: Caleb Smith, Oregon State

    OT: Tyler Johnstone, Oregon
    OT: Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah
    OG: Malcolm Bunche, UCLA
    OG: Dexter Charles, Washington
    OC: Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State

Pac-12: Second-Team Defense

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    Shaq Thompson
    Shaq ThompsonOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    DT: Antwaun Woods, USC
    DT: Jaxon Hood, Arizona State
    DE: Tony Washington, Oregon
    DE: Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington

    LB: Shaq Thompson, Washington
    LB: Eric Kendricks, UCLA
    LB: Addison Gillam, Colorado

    CB: Josh Shaw, USC
    CB: Steven Nelson, Oregon State
    S: Jared Tevis, Arizona
    S: Anthony Jefferson, UCLA

Pac-12: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Kevin Hogan
    Kevin HoganJeff Gross/Getty Images

    QB: Kevin Hogan, Stanford

    RB: Michael Adkins, Colorado

    WR: Chris Harper, California

    TE: Randall Telfer, USC

    OT: Micah Hatchie, Washington

    OG: Alex Redmond, UCLA

    OC: Jake Brendel, UCLA

    DT: Arik Armstead, Oregon

    DE: Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA

    LB: AJ Tarpley, Stanford

    CB: Wayne Lyons, Stanford

    S: Ryan Murphy, Oregon State

    K: Andy Phillips, Utah

    P: Tom Hackett, Utah

    KR: Ty Montgomery, Stanford

    PR: Bralon Addison, Oregon

SEC: First-Team Offense

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    Nick Marshall
    Nick MarshallKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    QB: Nick Marshall, Auburn

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

    WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama
    WR: Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

    TE: O.J. Howard, Alabama

    OT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
    OT: La’El Collins, LSU
    OG: AJ Cann, South Carolina
    OG: Arie Kouandjio, Alabama
    OC: Reese Dismukes, Auburn

SEC: First-Team Defense

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    Benardrick McKinney
    Benardrick McKinneyRogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

    DT: Chris Jones, Mississippi State
    DT: Gabe Wright, Auburn
    DE: Trey Flowers, Arkansas
    DE: A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama

    LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
    LB: Ramik Wilson, Georgia
    LB: A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

    CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
    CB: Damian Swann, Georgia
    S: Landon Collins, Alabama
    S: Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

SEC: Second-Team Offense

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    Mike Davis
    Mike DavisRandy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

    RB: Mike Davis, South Carolina
    RB: Alex Collins, Arkansas

    WR: Sammie Coates, Auburn
    WR: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

    TE: Hunter Henry, Arkansas

    OT: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
    OT: Brandon Shell, South Carolina
    OG: Alex Kozan, Auburn
    OG: Justin Bell, Ole Miss
    OC: David Andrews, Georgia

SEC: Second-Team Defense

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    Markus Golden
    Markus GoldenKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    DT: Isaac Gross, Ole Miss
    DT: Darius Philon, Arkansas
    DE: Markus Golden, Missouri
    DE: Ray Drew, Georgia

    LB: Amarlo Herrera, Georgia
    LB: Trey Depriest, Alabama
    LB: Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

    CB: Jalen Mills, LSU
    CB: Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M
    S: Ronald Martin, LSU
    S: Tony Conner, Ole Miss

SEC: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Derrick Henry
    Derrick HenryDerick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

    QB: Jeff Driskel, Florida

    RB: Derrick Henry, Alabama

    WR: Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State

    TE: Rory Anderson, South Carolina

    OT: Andrew Jelks, Vanderbilt

    OG: Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

    OC: Ryan Kelly, Alabama

    DT: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss 

    DE: Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

    LB: Dante Fowler Jr., Florida

    CB: Cameron Sutton, Tennessee

    S: Braylon Webb, Missouri

    K: Marshall Morgan, Georgia

    P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

    KR: Trey Williams, Texas A&M

    PR: Christion Jones, Alabama

AAC: First-Team Offense

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    Justin Hardy
    Justin HardyJames Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: Shane Carden, East Carolina

    RB: Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
    RB: Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati

    WR: Justin Hardy, East Carolina
    WR: Deontay Greenberry, Houston

    TE: Mike McFarland, South Florida

    OT: Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati
    OT: Torrian Wilson, UCF
    OG: Rowdy Harper, Houston
    OG: Ben Hughes, SMU
    OC: Alex Mateas, Connecticut

AAC: First-Team Defense

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    Lorenzo Doss
    Lorenzo DossDerick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

    DT: Elkino Watson, South Florida
    DT: Demetris Anderson, UCF
    DE: Martin Ifedi, Memphis
    DE: Silverberry Mouhon, Cincinnati

    LB: Tyler Matakevich, Temple
    LB: Derrick Matthews, Houston
    LB: Terrance Plummer, UCF

    CB: Lorenzo Doss, Tulane
    CB: Byron Jones, Connecticut
    S: Trevon Stewart, Houston
    S: Michael Mudoh, Tulsa

AAC:Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Jacoby Glenn
    Jacoby GlennMatthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: John O’Korn, Houston

    RB: Ryan Jackson, Houston

    WR: Geremy Davis, Connecticut

    TE: Sean McQuillan, Connecticut

    OT: Chauncey Briggs, SMU

    OG: Al Bond, Memphis

    OC: Bryce Redman, Houston

    DT: Terry Redden, Memphis

    DE: Thomas Niles, UCF

    LB: Efram Olifant, Houston

    CB: Jacoby Glenn, UCF

    S: Clayton Geathers, UCF

    K: Marvin Kloss, South Florida

    P: Peter Picerelli, Tulane

    KR: Demarcus Ayers, Houston

    PR: Justin Hardy, East Carolina

Conference USA: First-Team Offense

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    Rakeem Cato
    Rakeem CatoPeter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: Rakeem Cato, Marshall

    RB: Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
    RB: Aaron Jones, UTEP

    WR: Tommy Shuler, Marshall
    WR: Jordan Taylor, Rice

    TE: Jonnu Smith, FIU

    OT: Braden Lyons, Florida Atlantic
    OT: Clint Van Horn, Marshall
    OG: Cyril Lemon, North Texas
    OG: Scott Inskeep, UTEP
    OC: Chris Jasperse, Marshall

Conference-USA: First-Team Defense

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    Bryce Callahan
    Bryce CallahanAndrew Richardson-USA TODAY Spor

    DT: Christian Covington, Rice DT: Brandin Bryant, Florida Atlantic DE: Diaheem Watkins, UAB DE: Robert Singletary, UTSA LB: T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee LB: Jermaine Holmes, Marshall LB: Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic CB: Bryce Callahan, Rice CB: D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic S: Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee S: Triston Wade, UTSA

Conference USA: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Taylor Heinicke
    Taylor HeinickeCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

    QB: Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion

    RB: Jordan Howard, UAB

    WR: Jamarcus Nelson, UAB

    TE: Kennard Backman, UAB

    OT: Darius Johnson, Middle Tennessee

    OG: Mason Y’Barbo, North Texas

    OC: Kaydon Kirby, North Texas

    DT: Adam Williams, Southern Miss

    DE: Ra’Shawde Myers, Marshall

    LB: Evan McKelvey, Marshall

    CB: Le’Vander Liggins, Louisiana Tech

    S: Justin Halley, FIU

    K: Ty Long, UAB

    P: Sean Kelly, Florida Atlantic

    KR: Autrey Golden, UTEP

    PR: Robert Lohnes, Florida Atlantic

MAC: First-Team Offense

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    Travis Greene and Matt Johnson
    Travis Greene and Matt JohnsonMarvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: Matt Johnson, Bowling Green

    RB: Travis Greene, Bowling Green
    RB: Jahwan Edwards, Ball State

    WR: Titus Davis, Central Michigan
    WR: Jordan Williams, Ball State

    TE: Tyreese Russell, Eastern Michigan

    OT: Lincoln Hansen, Eastern Michigan
    OT: Ryan Brown, Northern Illinois
    OG: Greg Mancz, Toledo
    OG: Andy Phillips, Central Michigan
    OC: Jacob Richard, Ball State

MAC: First-Team Defense

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    Tarell Basham
    Tarell BashamKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    DT: Treyvon Hester, Toledo
    DT: Leterrius Walton, Central Michigan
    DE: Tarell Basham, Ohio 
    DE: Jason Meehan, Northern Illinois

    LB: Jamaal Bass, Northern Illinois
    LB: Junior Sylvestre, Toledo
    LB: Justin Cherocci, Central Michigan

    CB: Devin Bass, Ohio
    CB: Donald Celiscar, Western Michigan
    S: Dechane Durante, Northern Illinois
    S: Justin Currie, Western Michigan

MAC: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Bronson Hill
    Bronson HillDuane Burleson/Associated Press

    QB: Joe Licata, Buffalo

    RB: Bronson Hill, Eastern Michigan

    WR: Da’Ron Brown, Northern Illinois

    TE: Casey Pierce, Kent State

    OT: Jacob Bennett, Bowling Green

    OG: Alex Huettel, Bowling Green

    OC: Nick Beamish, Central Michigan

    DT: Antwan Crutcher, Ohio

    DE: Nick Miles, Ball State

    LB: Jatavis Brown, Akron

    CB: Randall Jette, UMass

    S: Chaz Whittaker, Toledo

    K: Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo

    P: Anthony Melchiori, Kent State

    KR: Devin Campbell, Buffalo

    PR: Ryan Burbrink, Bowling Green

Mountain West: First-Team Offense

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    Jay Ajayi
    Jay AjayiOtto Kitsinger/Associated Press

    QB: Grant Hedrick, Boise State

    RB: Jay Ajayi, Boise State
    RB: Kendall Brock, Nevada

    WR: Josh Harper, Fresno State
    WR: Devante Davis, UNLV

    TE: Kivon Cartwright, Colorado State

    OT: Brett Boyko, UNLV
    OT: Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State
    OG: Cody Wichmann, Fresno State
    OG: Cameron Jefferson, UNLV
    OC: Ben Clarke, Hawaii

Mountain West: First-Team Defense

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    Kyler Fackrell
    Kyler FackrellChris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

    DT: Tyeler Davison, Fresno State
    DT: Travis Raciti, San Jose State
    DE: Brock Hekking, Nevada
    DE: Eddie Yarbrough, Wyoming

    LB: Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
    LB: Ejiro Ederaine, Fresno State
    LB: Zach Vigil, Utah State

    CB: Donte Deayon, Boise State
    CB: Brian Suite, Utah State
    S: Derron Smith, Fresno State
    S: Jeremy Ioane, Boise State

Mountain West: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Josh Quezada
    Josh QuezadaCary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

    RB: Josh Quezada, Fresno State

    WR: Matt Miller, Boise State

    TE: Billy Freeman, San Jose State

    OT: Terry Poole, San Diego State

    OG: LaMar Bratton, New Mexico

    OC: Jordan Smith, San Diego State

    DT: Jordan Hanson, Nevada

    DE: B.J. Larsen, Utah State

    LB: Jordan Stanton, Wyoming

    CB: Bryan Douglas, Boise State

    S: Peni Vea, UNLV

    K: Austin Lopez, San Jose State

    P: Garrett Swanson, Fresno State

    KR: Carlos Wiggins, New Mexico

    PR: Bruce Natson, Utah State

Sun Belt: First-Team Offense

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    Wes Saxton
    Wes SaxtonDerick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

    QB: Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette

    RB: Alonzo Harris, Louisiana-Lafayette
    RB: Robert Lowe, Texas State

    WR: Jamal Robinson, Louisiana-Lafayette
    WR: Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana-Monroe

    TE: Wes Saxton, South Alabama

    OT: Ucambre Williams, South Alabama
    OT: Mykhael Quave, Louisiana-Lafayette
    OG: Daniel Quave, Louisiana-Lafayette
    OG: A.J. Kaplan, Georgia Southern
    OC: Bryce Giddens, Arkansas State

Sun Belt: First-Team Defense

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    Qushaun Lee
    Qushaun LeeG ANDREWS/Associated Press

    DT: Justin Hamilton, Louisiana-Lafayette
    DT: Gerrand Johnson, Louisiana-Monroe
    DE: Dominique Tovell, Louisiana-Lafayette
    DE: Tyler Roberts, Troy

    LB: Qushaun Lee, Arkansas State
    LB: David Mayo, Texas State
    LB: Michael Orakpo, Texas State

    CB: Rocky Hayes, Arkansas State
    CB: Trevence Patt, Louisiana-Lafayette
    S: Terrell Brigham, South Alabama
    S: Sterling Young, Arkansas State

Sun Belt: Honorable Mention and Specialists

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    Michael Gordon
    Michael GordonNelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

    QB: Tyler Jones, Texas State

    RB: Michael Gordon, Arkansas State

    WR: Shavarez Smith, South Alabama

    TE: Darion Griswold, Arkansas State

    OT: Chris May, South Alabama

    OG: Terry Johnson, Louisiana-Lafayette

    OC: Matt Freeman, Texas State

    DT: Dexter Blackmon, Arkansas State

    DE: Chris Stone, Arkansas State

    LB: Joseph Peterson, Georgia State

    CB: Chris Davis, Troy

    S: Cordero Smith, Louisiana-Monroe

    K: Jason Dann, Texas State

    P: Justin Manton, Louisiana-Monroe

    KR: Brandon Smith, Texas State

    PR: Bryan Holmes, Troy