This is my somewhat early All American team.
QB: Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma: Favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Mayfield is a former walk-on and has been a star for the Sooners consistently for 3 seasons. With at least 2 more games remaining, Mayfield will smash the 4,000 yards passing barrier. But, more than that, he is just a gutsy, and competitive guy that makes Oklahoma a better team.
QB: Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma State: With all of the focus on Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, Rudolph is sometimes forgotten. But, he’s an outstanding player with a future in the NFL with his 6-5, 230 size and his arm.
QB: Lamar Jackson – Louisville: Last year’s Heisman winner is as good as ever, but the media is more than determined to not have anyone repeat as the trophy winner. This year’s Louisville team does not have the surrounding talent like last season, but Jackson is still putting up mind boggling numbers. He has thrown for over 3,200 and run for over 1,200 with 2 games left.
RB: Josh Adams – Notre Dame: Until the Miami game Adams had an outside shot at the Heisman. Still, he has over 1,300 rushing yards with 2 games remaining. The speedy junior is one of the top running backs in the country.
RB: Saquon Barkley – Penn State: Penn State just doesn’t use Barkley enough. He was the clear
Heisman trophy leader earlier in the season, but his stats dropped off. He just now cracked the 1,000 yard barrier with 2 games remaining. He’s an impressive specimen that supposedly has run a 4.33 40 yard dash.
RB: Bryce Love – Stanford: Exceptional speed and breakaway ability. Love followed up Christian McCaffrey and he is lighting it up. Love is averaging almost 9 yards per carry and has scored 16 touchdowns
WR: James Washington – Oklahoma State: Mason Rudolph’s big play guy and he has been for a long time. So far, he has 37 career touchdown receptions.
WR: Steve Ishmael – Syracuse: Ishmael just runs wild in Dino Babers’ new offense and he should finish with 100 receptions. The 6-2, 210 senior from Miami has been a long time starter for the Orange.
WR: Trey Quinn – SMU: The former 4 star recruit from Louisiana originally signed with home state LSU. But, the Tigers didn’t throw the ball and Quinn transferred to SMU. This season, Quinn already has 100 receptions and 10 touchdowns.
WR: David Sills – West Virginia: The touchdown maker, Sills has 18 touchdown receptions with at least 2 more games remaining. Sills is a former quarterback who was offered by Lane Kiffin when he was in the 8th grade.
WR: AJ Brown – Ole Miss: It’s been hard times for the Ole Miss Rebels, but they have a talented receiver corps. AJ Brown is probably the best and he’s built like a fullback at 6-1, 225.
TE: Mike Gesicki – Penn State: Big play tight end that can leap like a basketball player. The very athletic Gesicki is 6-6, 250 and a mismatch against any defensive back.
TE: Christopher Herndon Jr – Miami: The undefeated Hurricanes are a tight end factory and
Herndon is their latest talent. Herndon is very similar to last year’s first round draft pick David Njoku.
OT: Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame: A monster of a man at 6-8, 315, McGlinchey should be one of the first players picked in the next NFL draft. He’s first cousins with Atlanta QB Matt Ryan.
OT: Orlando Brown – Oklahoma: Speaking of monsters, Brown is 6-8, 345 with excellent athleticism and quickness for his size. He’s going to be a 2nd generation NFL player after being picked in the 1st round.
OT: Mitch Hyatt – Clemson: Hyatt started his first ever college game as a true freshman and has played against the best and more than held his own. Hyatt is listed as 6-5, 305. He may also go pretty early.
OT: Jonah Williams – Alabama: Another guy that came in and started from day one. Williams was the best lineman on the Alabama team last year as a true freshman in my opinion. Williams moved from right tackle to the left side as a sophomore and the Bama machine keeps rolling.
OG: Braden Smith – Auburn: Smith is 6-6, 305 with excellent strength and power. He’s strong enough to handle just about anybody.
OG: Cody O’Connell – Washington State: Another monster that’s listed as 6-9, 368. At that size, he’s still quick enough to pass protect and run block.
OG: Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech: Teller is a very solid left guard for the Hokies and is a talent at 6-5, 315. He’s gone up against quality competition and more than held his own.
OG: Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame: Nelson is 6-5, 330 and is super quick. He teams with McGlinchey to form a great left side of the offensive line at Notre Dame. Some people have him going in the 1st round of the draft which is rare for a guard.
C: Billy Price – Ohio State: A 4 year starter at Ohio State, his first 3 seasons were at guard and then he moved to center for his senior season. He’s always been rumored to be the strongest Buckeye and he’s more than solid at 6-4, 315. He’s a good leader for the younger guys.
C: Frank Ragnow – Arkansas: The best center in the SEC, Ragnow has been a long time starter and
one of the best players on the Razorbacks team.
DE: Bradley Chubb – North Carolina State: Chubb is an outstanding talent and I still can’t get over that he returned for his senior season. He practically lives in opponents backfields and disrupts plays constantly. He should go early in NFL draft. Great size and quickness.
DE: Austin Bryant – Clemson: Teaming up with Clellin Ferrell, they might be the most potent defensive end combo in the country.
DE: Duke Ejiofor – Wake Forest: Very productive defensive end much like Bradley Chubb. He is 6-4, 275 and possesses great quickness.
DE: Nick Bosa – Ohio State: Fear and intimidation coming off the edge from Nick Bosa is enough to land him on this list. He only has 5 quarterback sacks, but he’s always in the backfield.
DT: Harrison Phillips – Stanford: the former high school wrestler has been the Cardinal leader in tackles most of this season. It’s hard for even double teams to handle Phillips. He’s an excellent run stopper, but also a good pass rusher.
DT: Derrick Nnadi – Florida State: In spite of the horrible Seminole season, Nnadi is still one of the better defensive linemen out there. He’s very active and currently is in the top 5 of Florida State tacklers.
DT: Hercules Mata’afa – Washington State: Well named man that is completely undersized at 6-2, 250, but he controls the line of scrimmage and is all over the field. Beast.
DT: Christian Wilkins – Clemson:DThe 6-4, 300 junior has been a 3 year starter and a real difference maker for the Clemson Tigers. He’s versatile enough to play defensive end which he did last season. Very good against both the run and the pass.
LB: Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech: One of the very best players in the country. The 6-5, 250 Edmunds is the Hokies’ top tackler and he’s just all over the field. He’s another player that should go early in the draft.
LB: Josey Jewell – Iowa: This 6-2, 235 farm boy is by far the Hawkeyes’ best player. He leads the team in tackles and tackles for losses. Jewell is the heart and soul of the Hawkeye defense and he’s almost irreplaceable.
LB: Micah Kiser – Virginia: Kiser is a tackling machine. He and safety Quin Blanding have led the
Cavaliers in tackles for the past 4 seasons. Kiser is about 6-2, 240 and just has a nose for the football much like Josey Jewell.
LB: Malik Jefferson – Texas: The Longhorn defense has been terrible for years and suddenly, under defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, they are very competitive again. Jefferson is their leader and playing like the top recruit was destined to play. He leads the team in tackling and other qualities. Because of his size and speed, he is projected as a top linebacker pick.
LB: Rashaan Evans – Alabama: Stolen from right under the noses of the Crimson Tide’s arch enemy, Auburn, Evans has been one of the defense’s best players. He is one of their top tacklers and a quality pass rusher.
LB: Jeff Holland – Auburn: Holland is 6-2, 250 and comes pretty quickly off the edge. He is something of a sack master for the War Eagles. Right now, Holland has 9 quarterback sacks and an amazing 19 more quarterback hurries. Holland is a terror.
LB: Montez Sweat – Mississippi State: At 6-6, 245, Sweat is a specimen and he’s another fright for opposing quarterbacks with 9 quarterback sacks already with 2 games left. The Bulldogs are still in the running for a good bowl game.
LB: Uchenna Nwosu – USC: A difference maker with pass rushing skills, but he really stands out knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage.
CB: Joshua Jackson – Iowa: 7 interceptions and 2 of them were for touchdowns. 3 of the picks came in their shocking upset of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He returned 2 picks for scores against Wisconsin. At 6-1, 195, Jackson will be popular with NFL scouts, plus he has a lot of pass breakups with 2 more games remaining. Should Jackson decide to come out early, he may go pretty quickly in the draft.
CB: Rashad Fant – Indiana: Since his freshman season, the 5-10, 180 Fant has excelled in breaking up passes and has been among the best in the country. He’s never been big, but he is outstanding in man coverage.
CB: Quenton Meeks – Stanford: The 6-2, 200 Meeks has been starting since his freshman season
and he continues to impress. He’s one of the leading tacklers for the Cardinal and has 2 interceptions so far this season. Talented player.
CB: Anthony Averett – Alabama: Averett is just one of the best shut down cornerbacks in the country. One could put all of the Alabama defensive backfield on the AA team and not be wrong.
S: Derwin James – Florida State: Before the season began, James was most people’s top player. His stock has dropped somewhat, but he should still be a 1st round pick and fairly early. He’s 6-3, 215 with good speed and strength. He and his teammates must finish strong if they want a shot at a bowl game.
S: DeShon Elliott – Texas: With almost linebacker size, the 6-2, 210 junior has become a ball hawk and has picked off 6 passes this season. He has returned 2 picks for scores.
S: Quin Blanding – Virginia: Blanding came in as a freshman and led the team in tackles and he’s still going strong. He teams well with teammate Micah Kiser. He also has 4 picks this season and returned one for a touchdown. He was a former 5 star recruit that has not disappointed.
S: Ronnie Harrison – Alabama: The Tide’s top tackler, Harrison comes with plenty of force as he makes play after play. The secondary might be the strength of the nation’s best defense. Harrison is big, strong and fast and he also has 3 picks on the season, so far.
K: Sean Nuernberger – Ohio State: Perfect on extra points and accurate on field goals.
P: Michael Dickson – Texas: Simply said, the best punter in the country. Super strong leg.
KR: Tony Pollard – Memphis: Pollard averages over 40 yards per return and he has 3 touchdowns.
PR: Dante Pettis – Washington: The touchdown maker as a punt returner. Best not to kick the ball his way.