Just for fun, I thought I would come up with an early All American Team after 3 games. Obviously, this list will change during the year.
QB: Trevone Boykin – TCU His numbers are not as impressive so far this year as they could be, but he has still thrown for 985 yards and 10 Touchdowns while running for 148 yards and 2 more Touchdowns. Most importantly, the playoff hungry Frogs are 3-0.
QB: Matt Johnson – Bowling Green I do realize that Matt Johnson does play in the MAC. But, when you figure he has played against Tennessee, Maryland and Memphis in his first 3 games then you will admit that he has been impressive. So far, after 3 games, he has 1,367 yards passing and 12 Touchdowns. Johnson is not much of a runner, but still has 58 yards on the positive side and a score. If you haven’t watched Bowling Green, they are a fun team if you like offense.
RB: Leonard Fournette – LSU Fournette has moved to the front of the Heisman race after
outstanding performances in 2 games. The first Tiger game was canceled due to weather, but Fournette came out swinging in games 2 and 3. He has 387 yards rushing and 6 Touchdowns averaging over 8 yards per carry.
RB: Nick Chubb – Georgia Also averaging over 8 yards a carry is Fournette’s SEC rival, Nick Chubb. In 3 games this year, Chubb has carried the ball for 468 yards and 4 Touchdowns. His runs have not been as spectacular as Fournette’s so far, but they have been equally effective.
RB: Jordan Howard – Indiana I predicted success for Howard previously on this blog when it was announced that he was transferring to Indiana and Howard has not disappointed at all. After three games, Howard has 507 yards on the ground for the 3-0 Hoosiers.
RB: Dalvin Cook – Florida State Google him if you don’t believe he’s a bad person off the field, but on the field he is a beast. The speedster from Miami has 476 yards rushing and 5 Touchdowns in leading the Seminoles out to a 3-0 start.
WR: JuJu Smith – Schuster – USC This sophomore blue-burner is one of the more exciting players in the country and has 22 receptions so far this season and 4 Touchdowns.
WR: Will Fuller – Notre Dame 18 receptions with 5 of those for scores at over 22 yards per catch. Outstanding player with speed and great hands.
WR: Aaron Burbridge -Michigan State The senior has stepped up and become Connor Cook’s go to guy with 20 receptions and 4 Touchdowns.
WR: Trent Taylor – Louisiana Tech Taylor is short and stocky at 5-8, 180, but he is a player with 24 receptions and 3 Touchdowns. Taylor also returns punts but has yet to return one for a Touchdown.
TE: Hunter Henry – Arkansas The Pigs have been a let down so far this season, but Henry is one of the top Tight Ends in the country. He only has 14 receptions so far this year with 1 Touchdown. Henry is also an excellent blocker.
TE: Jake Butt – Michigan Jake Butt also has 14 receptions on the season and a Touchdown. Plus, he has ideal Tight End size at 6-6, 250. Good blocker in the Wolverine Running game.
OT: Gary Conklin – Michigan State Superb Left Tackle that doesn’t give up sacks. Excellent run blocker as well as pass blocker. Conklin was unranked coming out of high school as a recruit.
OT: Vidal Alexander – LSU The typical LSU Offensive Lineman road grader and excellent run blocking.
OG: Ben Braden – Michigan Braden is a physical specimen who is a great run blocker and pass blocker. Michigan talent may be down but Braden could play for any body.
OG: Dan Feeney – Indiana The success of UAB Running Back transfer Jordan Howard is largely due to guys like Dan Feeney up front for Indiana. Feeney is a great player in both run and pass
OG: Joshua Garnett – Stanford The Cardinal of Stanford always have Offensive Linemen that are talented and Garnett is one of those talents. He’s big, strong and very quick for his size.
C: Max Tuerk – USC One of the more talented linemen in the country and possibly the best Center.
C: Ethan Pocic – LSU Pocic is a giant Midwestern guy from Illinois and started at Guard last year before moving to take over at Center. I have been very impressed with his quickness and run blocking ability.
C: Jack Allen – Michigan State One of two brothers starting up front for the Spartans and more Illinois Offensive Linemen starring in college football.
DE: Myles Garrett – Texas A%M Garrett already has 5.5 sacks early in the season so he’s taken off where he ended up last season. He’s put on a little weight and retained his quickness.
DE: Carl Nassib – Penn State A senior first year starter, Nassib is making up for lost time with 5 sacks already on the season and 7 tackles for loss. He even has an interception as the Nittany Lions continue to play great defense and it’s a good thing because their offense is awful. Super sized aggressive player that has a shot at the next level which makes you wonder where he’s been the last few years.
DE: DeForest Buckner – Oregon Better player last year than fellow Defensive End Arik Armstead
who was picked in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers. Another giant of a man at 6-7, 290 with excellent quickness and athletic ability. Should be a high draft pick in the next draft after he chose to return to school to graduate.
DT: Adolphus Washington – Ohio State The Buckeyes might be struggling this season, but their defense is not and with the absence of Joey Bosa in their first game, Washington stepped up and showed great leadership and ability.
DT: Austin Johnson – Penn State The Nittany Lions could easily have 3 All American Offensive Linemen this year with Austin Johnson, Nassib and Anthony Zettel. Johnson is amazing at Defensive Tackle and leading the team in tackles from his interior Defensive Line position which is rare. He has 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss.
DT: Robert Nkemdiche – Ole Miss Finally, after 3 seasons we are finally starting to see what we have expected out of Nkemdiche all along. No doubt he will declare for the NFL after this season and be a top 5 pick on potential alone. Based on physical appearance and athletic ability he should go #1 in the draft, but he has taken too many plays off at Ole Miss.
DT: Adam Gotsis – Georgia Tech Top defender from Down Under, Gotsis is an outstanding Defensive Tackle from Abbotsford, Australia. So far on the season, Gotsis has 4 tackles for loss and 2 Quarterback sacks. Somewhat undersized, but very quick player with a motor.
LB: Kentrell Brothers – Missouri Nation’s leading tackler right now. Missouri has struggled this year even if they are undefeated, but Brothers has been a standout. After 3 games, he has 42 tackles with 2 Interceptions.
LB: Riley Bullough – Michigan State The latest Bullough star for the Spartans is right on Kentrell Brothers heels with 39 tackles and 3 tackles for loss and 2 Quarterback sacks. Defensive leader for the Spartans much like his older brother Max and his father, uncle and grandfather. This athletic family even had a couple of uncles and cousins on the Notre Dame football team.
LB: Jaylon Smith – Notre Dame Incredibly athletic Linebacker leading the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in tackles, He has 3 1/2 tackles for loss and a Quarterback sack, plus a fumble recovery and another fumble forced. With all of the injuries happening to Notre Dame, Smith is their best defender and must stay healthy.
LB: Skai Moore – South Carolina A bright spot on an otherwise gloomy situation in Columbia this season. Skai Moore leads the Gamecocks in tackles, but also has 3 Interceptions while leading the defense as best as he can.
LB: Reggie Ragland – Alabama Even SEC fans are loving to say that the dynasty is over at Alabama. Watch the game again with Ole Miss. That game could have gone either way and Ragland played his heart out. He leads the team in tackles with 30 and he is all over the field. Writing off
Alabama is more than a bit premature. At least let them have 2 losses before publicly slamming them. This team still has plenty of talent and stars.
LB: Blake Martinez – Stanford Martinez is a team leader and the top tackler on the Cardinal defense. He has 38 tackles so far and he modeled his game after one of my favorite recent Stanford players Shayne Skov. Stanford was supposed to contend for the Pac 12 North title and then hit a wall against Northwestern. They bounced back impressively against USC last week in a surprising victory and the should continue to improve. Martinez was one of very few returning starters on defense.
CB: Vernon Hargreaves Jr – Florida Some think Hargreaves is the top Corner in the country. Opponents have stopped throwing at him, so it’s hard to tell. He has 4 tackles on the season so far and 2 Interceptions. He will undoubtedly declare early for the draft and at 5-11, 200 and with good speed, he should go pretty early.
CB: Adoree Jackson – USC Outstanding two way player that is hard to beat at Corner and is an excellent Receiver and Return man. One of the most explosive players in the country.
CB: Artie Burns – Miami Old type of Miami talent with excellent speed and athletic ability. At 6-0, 200 he is going to be really popular with NFL scouts after this season. He already has 3 Interceptions on the season this early.
CB: Eli Apple – Ohio State Talented Jersey guy that was one of the leaders for the Buckeyes last year as a redshirt freshman. Apple has 1 Interception and some pass break ups and a fumble recovery. Any problems the Buckeyes have had this early in the year have not been about defense. Another good sized Corner at 6-1, 200. These guys are well loved by scouts.
DB: Jabrill Peppers – Michigan Peppers was the second from the top recruit in the country year before last only behind the incredible Leonard Fournette. He battled injury last year and missed most of the year. He’s back and showing why he was so highly recruited now. Is playing Nickel Back this year and is returning punts and kicks. Talented Jersey guy and also with good size at 6-1, 205.
DB: Trae Elston – Ole Miss The Ole Miss Rebel defense is outstanding and Elston is one of their top players from his safety position. Elston already has 3 Interceptions on the season. Great size, hitting ability and a ball hawk.
DB: Jalen Ramsey – Florida State People are starting to say that Ramsey is the top Corner in the nation now and he starred there as a freshman and then at safety as a sophomore. Now, he’s back at Corner and is showing his skills rather well. He is large enough at 6-1, 205 to be very attractive to NFL scouts as a bigger Corner, or he could play safety. Should be a top pick next year.
Kicker: Austin Jones – Temple He is a perfect 7 out of 7 so far on Field Goals and is perfect on Extra Points.
Punter: Michael Carrizosa – San Jose State Booming them well over 50 yards per punt right now.
Kick Return: Janarian Grant – Rutgers He has 2 Kickoff returns for Touchdowns already.
Punt Return: William Likely – Maryland If you are going to punt the ball to him, he is likely to return it for a score as he has 2 already on the season.