winner. Threw for 3,783 yards and 38 Touchdowns with only 2 Interceptions. Mariota also ran for 669 yards and 14 more Touchdowns.
QB: Trevone Boykin – TCU: Junior (6-2, 205) Dallas, Texas. Boykin was horrid last season but proved himself over and over this year. The same is true of the entire TCU team. Boykin threw for an amazing 3,715 yards and 30 Touchdowns. He ran for 642 yards and 8 more Touchdowns. He even caught a 55 yard pass for yet another Touchdown.
RB: Melvin Gordon – Wisconsin: Junior (6-1, 215) Kenosha, Wisconsin. Georgia’s Todd Gurley probably was the nation’s best Running Back at the beginning of the season, but his suspension and then injury opened the door for Melvin Gordon and Gordon took full advantage of that. The Nebraska game is the one that separated him from the others when he broke the record of LaDainian Tomlinson and ran for 408 yards. Gordon finished the regular season with 2,336 yards and 26 Touchdowns. Gordon was only a full time starter for 1 year and he finished with 4,664 rushing yards and 42 Touchdowns.
RB: Tevin Coleman – Indiana: Junior (6-1,210) Tinley Park, Illinois. Not much went right for the Hoosiers this season other than beating SEC East Champion Missouri. But, Tevin Coleman was a standout all season even when the Hoosiers had a bad situation at Quarterback. Coleman followed Gordon over the sacred 2,000 yard mark and ran for 2,036 yards at 7.54 yards per carry.
WR: Amari Cooper – Alabama: Junior (6-1, 210) Miami, Florida. Cooper just might be the best player in the nation but will be on the outside looking in on Heisman Trophy presentation day because he’s not a Quarterback. Cooper had an outstanding season hauling in 115 receptions good for 1,656 yards and 14 Touchdowns. There’s little doubt he will be a first round draft pick in next year’s draft.
WR: Vince Mayle – Washington State: Senior (6-3, 220) Natomas, California. People in the South and East scoff at the Pac 12 Conference, but they have never seen Mayle play. Last season he was 6-3, 240 and a very productive Wide Receiver. This season, he dropped 20 pounds and went wild on the field. I know, I know, they don’t play defense West of the Mississippi.
Mayle caught 106 passes for 1,483 yards and 9 Touchdowns. The guy has great size and great hands, plus great speed.
WR: Kevin White – West Virginia: Senior (6-3, 210) Plainfield, New Jersey. Kevin White exploded onto the scene in the Alabama game and hardly slowed down. White had 102 receptions for 1,318 yards and 9 Touchdowns. Big body guy with good speed.
WR: Rashad Greene – Florida State: Senior (6-0, 180) Albany, Georgia. It’s all the rage to hate Florida State these days, but Greene is a player. Greene came up big for Florida State time after time this season to help keep them undefeated and still in the running for the National Championship. Greene had 93 receptions for 1,306 yards and 7 Touchdowns.
TE: Nick O’Leary – Florida State: Senior (6-3, 245) Palm Beach, Florida. Punish Florida State if you like, but how can you not like the grandson of the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus? O’Leary is a big time talent that came up big for the Seminoles time after time this season with 47 catches for 614 yards and 6 Touchdowns. Florida State is one of the few schools left that use the Tight End.
OT: Andrus Peat- Stanford: Junior (6-7, 315) Chandler, Arizona. Stanford had a rough season in 2014. Initially, they were a top 10 team and a threat to Oregon for the Pac 12 title, but things didn’t work out for them. Peat is a monster and if he comes out this year, he should be one of the top Offensive Tackles taken if not the very first. Peat pretty much does everything right and has great technique.
OT: Cam Erving – Florida State: Senior (6-6, 310) Moultrie, Georgia. Florida State had a strange season in 2014 and barely survived a few games. Yet, they did survive and Erving is one of their best players. Played Left Tackle most of the season, or until the Seminole Center went down to injury then he moved to Center and the entire dynamic of the Offensive Line changed instantly. Florida State
moved Erving to Center and plugged true freshman, Roderick Johnson in his place and the Offensive Line clicked. Plus, Erving demonstrated his versatility to the NFL which should help his draft status. The amazing thing about Erving is that he played defense up until 2 seasons ago and he converted to Offensive Tackle and never looked back.
OT: Brandon Scherff – Iowa: Senior (6-5, 320) Denison, Iowa. Scherff is a specimen and runs like a deer, one of those corn fed Midwestern Offensive Linemen that can play. He’s got excellent size and quickness and great feet and might be the first Offensive Lineman taken in the 2015 NFL draft. Equally effective against the run and the pass.
OG: AJ Cann- South Carolina: Senior (6-4, 310) Bamberg, South Carolina. Cann is a multiple year starter for the Gamecocks and a leader in the Offensive Line. South Carolina had a rough season after going 11-2 for 3 years in a row, but Cann was still steadily doing his job. Definitely one of the top Offensive Guards in the Country.
OG: Laken Tomlinson – Duke: Senior (6-3, 320) Chicago, Illinois. Tomlinson is an interesting story, moving from Jamaica to Chicago as a youngster and then becoming an All American Offensive Guard. He’s his own Blind Side story. The guy is a natural, but works harder than most and wants to be a doctor. That may have to wait until he’s finished with the NFL.
OG: Arie Kouandijo – Alabama: Senior (6-5, 315) Hyattsville, Maryland. Arie is Alabama’s best Offensive Lineman and a leader and mentor for the next best Offensive Lineman, true freshman Cam Robinson. Kouandijo is a rare breed at Alabama in coming back for his senior season and that should pay off with another Alabama National Championship in about a month.
C: Hroniss Grasu – Oregon: Senior (6-3, 295) Los Angeles, California. Top Center in America in my opinion and plays on a very explosive team with a more than solid Offensive Line. Grasu is the Quarterback of the Offensive Line. Grasu, like Tomlinson, is an American Dream success story as his parents moved here from Romania.
DE: Vic Beasley – Clemson: Senior (6-3, 235) Adairsville, Georgia. Beasley is a slightly undersized but very quick Defensive End for the Clemson Tigers. Beasley had 29 total tackles as a senior, but 18.5 of those tackles were for losses. He had 11 Quarterback sacks in 2014 which added to his previous sack amounts gives him 32 sacks over his career. Beasley has had 2 fumble returns in his career and both went for Touchdowns. One of the leaders for the nation’s number one unit in total defense.
DE: Joey Bosa – Ohio State: Sophomore (6-5, 280) Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Bosa is a very aggressive and very productive Defensive End for the Buckeyes. Bosa was one of the team leaders in tackles with 50 total and 20 of those were for losses. He had 13.5 Quarterback sacks, 4 Quarterback hurries, 4 fumbles forced and 1 fumble returned for a Touchdown.
DE: Shane Ray- Missouri: Junior (6-3, 245) Kansas City, Missouri. Ray was one of the most feared defensive players in the SEC this past season. He totaled 61 tackles with 21 of those coming for losses. Ray is a terror coming off of the edge totaling 12.5 sacks with 5 more Quarterback hurries. He also had 2 forced fumbles and a blocked kick.
DE: Hau’oli Kikaha – Washington. Senior (6-3, 245) Laie, Hawaii. Kikaha led the entire nation in Quarterback sacks with 18. He totaled 67 tackles, 24 tackles for losses, 2 passes broken up and 2 fumbles forced. He may be the most dynamic defensive player in the entire country. He is almost unblockable.
DT: Leonard Williams – USC: Junior (6-5, 300) Daytona Beach, Florida. Leonard Williams is without a doubt one of the top Defensive Linemen in the country and a sure fire top Draft Pick should he decide to come out this year and smart money says that he does. He was second on the Trojans in total tackles with 71. He had 8.5 tackles for losses and 6 Quarterback sacks, plus he forced 3 fumbles and had an interception.
DT: Danny Shelton – Washington: Senior (6-3, 340) Auburn, Washington. Shelton played Nose Guard for the Huskies and had a great season. Second on the team in tackles, Shelton made 89 total tackles which is pretty incredible for a Nose Guard and almost unheard of. He also had 16.5 tackles for losses and 9 Quarterback sacks. Recovering 2 fumbles may have demonstrated a little of his quickness.
DT: Robert Nkemdiche- Ole Miss: Sophomore (6-4, 280) Loganville, Georgia. Nkemdiche’s scowling face is about as intimidating as anyone on the planet. His stats may not justify an All American selection in some folks eyes, but he changes every game he plays in just by his very
presence. Always draws double teams and changes the direction of plays constantly to avoid contact with him. Nkemdiche made 33 total tackles and had 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Even though he did not have the greatest of results that show up on a stat sheet, the man is still scary and one of the top players around.
LB: Bernardrick McKinney- Mississippi State: Senior (6-5, 250) Tunica, Mississippi. When a ball carrier runs into McKinney, they go backwards. That’s just some sort of law, or something. The man is a beast and has the size, the strength, and the speed to be a top pick in next year’s NFL Draft. McKinney led his team with 61 tackles and 8 tackles for loss and 3 Quarterback sacks. He also forced a fumble and had another fumble recovery. McKinney is not a man that anyone should mess with.
LB: Mike Hull – Penn State: Senior (6-0, 235) Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Hull was one of the more productive players in the country and the Nittany Lions had a solid defense. Hull finished the regular season with 134 total tackles, 10.5 for losses and 2 Quarterback sacks. He also broke up 3 passes, and caused a fumble while making an Interception. Mike Hull is an old school Penn State type of Linebacker that brings it on every play.
LB: Eric Kendricks – UCLA: Senior (6-0, 230) Fresno, California. Kendricks was all over the field in 2014 making tackles everywhere. He led his Bruins with 135 total tackles, with 8.5 for loss and 2 Quarterback sack. Kendricks also had 3 Interceptions with 1 going back for a Touchdown. Breaking up a couple of passes and forcing fumbles were just routine work for Eric Kendricks.
LB: Scooby Wright III – Arizona: Sophomore (6-1, 245) Windsor, California. Wright was one of the most productive players in all of college football with an amazing 153 total tackles. Wright had an almost phenomenal 27 tackles for loss and 14 Quarterback sacks. To make things even more incredible, Scooby Wright had an incredible 6 forced fumbles. That is not a typing error, he had 6 forced fumbles. Scooby Wright is an amazing Linebacker.
CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – Oregon: Senior (5-10, 195) Chino Hills, California. This guy has been a great Cornerback for Oregon, but he didn’t have the greatest of senior seasons for the Ducks. Still good enough to make All American teams and be considered an excellent NFL prospect. Ekpre-Olomu had 63 total tackles, 9 passes broken up and 2 Interceptions. He even found time to return a few punts.
CB: Vernon Hargreaves III – Florida: Sophomore (5-11, 195) Tampa, Florida. Hargreaves had 45 tackles with 2 of those being for losses. Hargreaves had 2 Interceptions and had 13 pass break ups. Hargreaves drew such lovely assignments as having to cover Amari Cooper and other top Wide Receivers. Hargreaves is considered one of the top cover corners in the nation.
CB: Kendall Fuller – Virginia Tech: Sophomore (6-0, 190) Baltimore, Maryland. The Hokies have always been known for defense and Kendall Fuller can play some defense even if Virginia Tech didn’t have the greatest of seasons. Fuller had 50 total tackles which included 4.5 tackles for losses and 2 Quarterback sacks. Fuller also broke up 14 passes. He only had 1 interception but it went 47 yards for a Touchdown in true Hokie and Frank Beamer style.
DB: Cody Prewitt- Ole Miss: Senior (6-2, 220) Bay Springs, Mississippi. I will confess to being a big Cody Prewitt fan. Prewitt is one of the special players from the last couple of years and is a leader on one of the nation’s great defenses. Prewitt had 60 tackles and 3.5 of those being tackles for loss.
He had 2 Interceptions and 1 of those went for a 98 yard Touchdown. This guy is like a wild man out there and makes plays.
DB: Su’a Cravens – USC: Sophomore (6-1, 225) Los Angeles, California. This is another guy that’s just everywhere. 62 total tackles and 16 tackles for loss, plus 5 sacks makes this guy an extra ordinary safety. Cravens had 2 interceptions, but like Prewitt, 1 of those went all the way back for a Touchdown. Cravens also found the time and the athleticism to also break up 8 passes.
DB: Gerod Holliman- Louisville: Sophomore (6-2, 215) Miami, Florida. Talk about an incredible season, Gerod Holliman intercepted 14 passes this season which tied a record that has held for 46 years by Al Worley of Washington. When he wasn’t picking off passes, Holliman was tackling
opponents 37 times. He had 3 tackles for losses and 1 sack, broke up 3 passes and forced a fumble.
Holliman has a bowl game to try and break the record that may have been considered unbreakable.
Punts: Kaelin Clay – Utah:
Kicks: JJ Nelson – UAB
Kicker: Roberto Aguayo – Florida State:
Punter: Tom Hackett – Utah: