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Every Power-5 Conference's All-Sleeper Team for 2014
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One of the first reputable all-conference teams of the College Football Playoff era came out yesterday, as AL.com released a poll of the 14 Sports Information Directors in the SEC, which included a look at the league's top-projected players.

As conference media days approach—and we are only about a month away!—more lists of this ilk will be released and argued about ad nauseam. Which means, of course, that we shouldn't waste our breath doing it now if we're just going to do it again so soon.

Instead, let's look at and argue about a different kind of all-conference team: The all-sleeper team of every power-five conference.

Let's take the most underappreciated quarterback, running back, pass-catcher, offensive lineman, defensive lineman and defensive back in each of the country's best conferences and talk about why they have a chance to become more appreciated names in 2014.

There were but two steadfast rules for eligibility.

A player could not be listed on this team if he made—or was named an "honorable mention" for—an all-conference team last season. He also could not make this team if he is a former 5-star recruit from the past two or three seasons. However, a former 5-star recruit from 2011 or earlier that has failed to pan-out thus far was deemed eligible.

At Clemson, for example, Grady Jerrett is poised for a huge year at defensive tackle, and MacKensie Alexander is poised for a huge year at cornerback. But the former was an All-ACC honorable mention in 2013, and the latter was a 5-star recruit two cycles ago. 

Neither one has been included on this list.

Make sense? Cool. Sound off below with those whom I missed.

 

Note: Unless otherwise cited, all recruiting information is courtesy of the 247Sports Composite, and all stats are courtesy of cfbstats.com.

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