College Football’s 2010 Midseason All-American Team

Kevin PaulSenior Analyst IOctober 15, 2010

College Football’s 2010 Midseason All-American Team

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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos looks for a receiver against the Oregon State Beaversat Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    It’s hard to believe that the college football season is nearing its midway point— kind of like it’s hard to believe that South Carolina managed to knock off Alabama last weekend, or the fact that for the first time in a long time, an SEC team isn’t firmly entrenched in the top five.

    Whether it’s difficult to grasp or not, the midseason point is indeed upon us— and here is a Midseason All-American Team to help celebrate that fact, featuring—in some cases—players and player stats that are, well…equally as hard to believe.

QB – Kellen Moore (Boise State)

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos passes against the Virginia Tech Hokies at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    Many may have an urge to push for Taylor Martinez or Denard Robinson, but no one is more valuable to his team than Moore, who continues to post high completion percentage numbers while only throwing one INT on the season and having the country’s best QB rating to date.

RB – LaMichael James (Oregon)

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates as he scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/
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    James should be considered a Heisman frontrunner at this point, and his gaudy statistics (nearly 170 yards/game, best in the nation) are the main spark for a potent Oregon offense.

RB – John Clay (Wisconsin)

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    MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 18: John Clay #32 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Image
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    In a tight race for this slot, Clay has been steady, posting multiple 100-yard games, leading a solid Badgers rushing attack and scoring nine TD’s on the season.

WR – Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)

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    STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys warms up before the college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defe
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    With Blackmon, it’s hard to argue the numbers, as through five games, he leads the nation in yards/game (149.6), is first among receivers in touchdowns (11) and second in total yards (748).

WR – Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina)

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    A.J. Green was expected to be the SEC representative on this list, but has missed part of the season due to ineligibility. That leaves Jeffery, who has been the SEC’s most consistent—and potent— receiver, with 34 catches and 600+ yards in just five games.

WR – Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners gets fired up during warm-ups against the Florida Gators during the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Imag
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    Broyles has been one of the most consistent receivers in all of college football this season, and easily Landry Jones’ favorite target, as he averages over nine receptions/game (second only to OSU’s Blackmon).

TE – Lance Kendricks (Wisconsin)

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    MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 18: Lance Kendricks #84 of the Wisconsin Badgers catches a pass against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-19. (Photo by Jonathan Da
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    Only three tight ends crack the Top 100 in total receiving yards/game, and Kendricks leads the trio averaging over 15 yards per catch.

C – Kris O’Dowd (USC)

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    O’Dowd has been a steady force for a Trojans team that has likely been fighting a rollercoaster of emotions knowing that the postseason is not obtainable.

OT – Anthony Castonzo (Boston College)

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 03:  Anthony Castonzo #74 of the Boston College Eagles congratulates teammate Montel Harris #2 after Harris scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles on October 3, 2009 at Alumni Stadium in Che
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    Even during a long year for the Eagles, the 6’7” Castonzo is still considered by many to be one of the best (if not the best) tackles in college football.

OT – Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin)

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi #68 of the Wisconsin Badgers blocks against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    If not for talented big men in the trenches, such as Carimi and John Clay, the Wisconsin running game would not see nearly as much success.

OG – Steve Schilling (Michigan)

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    There’s a reason that Denard Robinson is getting so many yards, and that’s the assistance from (and improvement of) the Wolverines O-line, which is headlined by Schilling.

OG – Nate Potter (Boise State)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Nate Potter #73, Joe Kellogg #61 and Tommy Gallarda #85 of the Boise State Broncos and other teammates shake hands with their fans after their 17-10 victory against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Un
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    Hey, there’s also a reason that Kellen Moore completes such a high percentage of his passes; he has quality linemen like Potter that can consistently protect him in the pocket.

DE – Adrian Clayborn (Iowa)

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    TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Defensive end Adrian Clayborn #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes in action during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-2
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    He forces opponents to double up on him consistently and changes the entire way a game is played, wreaking havoc in the trenches.  Clayborn is a sure fire top 10 pick in the draft.

DT – Nick Fairley (Auburn)

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Jamie Harper #8 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled by Nick Fairley #90, Antoine Carter #45 and Josh Bynes #17 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Ima
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    He leads the SEC in tackles for a loss (12 ½) and is ranked second overall in the nation.  Fairley has been giving headaches to opposing offenses all season.

DT – Drake Nevis (LSU)

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansa Razorbacks is sacked by Drake Nevis #92 of the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty I
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    The Tigers remain undefeated, and the play of Nevis on defense (five sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss) has been a big reason for LSU’s early season run.

DE – Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue)

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 04: Armando Allen Jr., #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is tackled in the end zone for a safety by Ryan Kerrigan #94 and Bruce Gaston #90 of the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Stadium on September 4, 2010 in South Bend, In
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    Kerrigan has been healthy this year and the numbers show, cracking the nation’s top ten in sacks (5.5), while also leading the country in tackles for a loss, with 13.

LB – Luke Keuchly (Boston College)

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    Many likely haven’t heard of him, but Kuechly has been all over the field so far this season and is second in the nation in solo tackles (40) and fourth in total tackles.

LB – Manti Te’o (Notre Dame)

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    With a lot of big future NFL Draft names not making this list, Te’o is one of the younger up-and-comers, a sophomore, who is among the country’s top 10 in tackles per game to date.

LB – A.J. Klein (Iowa State)

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    Another sophomore linebacker on the list, Klein is among the top ten in total tackles, plus he has three interceptions on the season—two of which were “pick sixes”.

LB – Greg Jones (Michigan State)

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    STATE COLLEGE - NOVEMBER 22:  A.Q. Shipley #57 of the Penn State Nittany Lions blocks Greg Jones #53 of the Michigan State Spartans on November 22, 2008 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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    Jones continues to put up steady numbers year after year and is the leader of the Spartans defense, who handled Denard Robinson and Michigan last week.

CB – Patrick Peterson (LSU)

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State Univeristy Tigers runs for a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Ima
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    Peterson already has a couple of picks this season and is considered by many critics to be the best corner in the country—and a future high NFL draft pick.

CB – Mark Barron (Alabama)

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Mark Barron #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Barron has been all over the field this season, recording 42 tackles, two sacks and an interception— including 28 tackles and two sacks over the last three games against solid SEC opponents.

FS – Rahim Moore (UCLA)

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Safety Rahim Moore #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the game with the Houston Cougars at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA won 31-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Considered by many to be the best safety in college football, Moore has recently stepped it up against quality road opponents, totaling 17 combined tackles against Texas and Cal.

SS – DeAndre McDaniel (Clemson)

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  DeAndre McDaniel #2 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Named a first-team All-American by the FWAA last season, McDaniel is well on his way to earning that honor again.

K – Collin Wagner (Penn State)

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    STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 12: Place kicker Collin Wagner #36 of the Penn State Nittany Lions watches a point after touchdown against the Syracuse Orangemen at Beaver Stadium  September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/G
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    As painful as it is for Nittany Lions fans to hear, Wagner (13 FG’s through six games) has been the team’s offensive MVP.  For as bad as Penn State has been in the red zone, Wagner has been exactly the opposite.

P – Kyle Martens (Rice)

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    AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 20: Malcolm Williams #9 of the Texas Longhorns tries to block a punt by Kyle Martens #41 of the Rice Owls in the second quarter on September 20, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/
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    He’s had to punt more than five times a game this season, but Martens still averages nearly 48 yards per punt, which is third in all of college football.

KR – William Powell (Kansas State)

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    Powell has been the most consistent this season, returning 14 kicks with a 31.50 yard average.  Anyone else in the nation’s top 20 has a touchdown to bump their average, and not nearly as many returns.

PR – Cliff Harris (Oregon)

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    Only Maryland’s Tony Logan has a better average per punt return, but Harris has already returned three punts for touchdowns.