QB: Jameis Winston – Florida State: Sophomore (6-4, 230) Bessemer, Alabama. Yes, I know he’s a jerk, but this team is not about character it’s about who is the best at their position. All the off the field distractions led to a strange season for the Seminoles, but they are still undefeated and in the title chase. What we do know for certain is that Winston won’t repeat as a Heisman winner. Winston threw for 3,559 yards and 24 Touchdowns. The biggest downside, other than off field issues, of Winston’s season is that he threw 17 Interceptions. Still, he led his team from behind on several occasions and a win is a win.
QB: Marquise Williams – North Carolina: Junior (6-2, 220) Charlotte, North Carolina. North Carolina had a disappointing season, but the defense mostly failed them. Williams had a pretty good junior season. He completed 245 out of 391 attempts which were good for 2,875 yards and 20 Touchdowns. Williams also ran for 732 yards and another 12 Touchdowns. He also caught 2 passes with one of those going for a Touchdown. Hopefully, he will be back next season and the Tar Heel defense is much better.
Touchdowns which was good for 5th in the country. After 2 seasons, Conner has 2,474 yards rushing. There was talk of Conner playing some defense this season, but he is way too valuable as a Running Back.
RB: Duke Johnson- Miami: Junior (5-9, 205) Miami, Florida. Duke Johnson is one of the premiere Running Backs in all of college football. This season, Johnson ran for 1,520 yards at nearly 7 yards per carry and scored 10 Touchdowns. Johnson is also a good receiver out of the backfield and caught 33 passes for 370 yards and 3 more Touchdowns. Johnson has run for 3,387 yards in 3 seasons at Miami and will no doubt declare for the NFL. His replacement should be talented freshman Joseph Yearby who looked really good as Johnson’s back up this season.
WR: Rashad Greene – Florida State: Senior (6-0, 180) Albany, Georgia. Many think that Greene is Florida State’s best Wide Receiver ever and that would be quite the accomplishment given the Seminoles history of producing great players. Greene caught 93 passes in 2014 which went for 1,306 yards and 7 Touchdowns. Over his career at Florida State, Greene caught 226 passes which totaled 3,771 total yards and 29 career Touchdowns. Greene was also an excellent punt return guy and took 2 of those back for scores and set up his team in great field position on numerous occasions.
WR: Jamison Crowder – Duke: Senior (5-9, 175) Monroe, North Carolina. Crowder has had a fabulous career at Duke ending up with 276 receptions with still a Bowl game remaining. Crowder caught 108 passes as a junior, but this season he only caught 78. Still, that was enough for All ACC awards. His 78 catches went for 942 yards and 6 Touchdowns.
As everyone knows that has played Duke, Crowder is an excellent punt return man with 1 going for a Touchdown this season after scoring 2 times on punt returns in 2013. Duke was in position to repeat as ACC Coastal Champions again before being derailed at the end of the season and Crowder’s stats may have gone down, but his down season is better than a lot of guy’s best.
WR: Tyler Boyd – Pittsburgh: Sophomore (6-2,190) Clairton, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is not all about James Conner. Tyler Boyd is quite the offensive weapon as well hauling in 69 receptions for 1,149 yards and 8 Touchdowns. Boyd returned punts and kicks as well, plus he ran for 63 yards and threw for 29 yards. The Pittsburgh offense should be strong next season with Conner, Boyd and Quarterback Chad Voytik returning.
WR: Artavis Scott- Clemson: Freshman (5-10, 190) Oldsmar, Florida. Artavis Scott is a true freshman out of Florida and finished the regular season with 68 catches for 851 yards and 7 Touchdowns. With true freshmen Artavis Scott and Deshaun Watson around for a little while the future looks bright for the Clemson Tigers.
caught 47 passes his senior season giving him 113 career catches before the Bowl Games begin. Good blocker and team player.
TE: Clive Walford – Miami: Senior (6-4, 260) Belle Glade, Florida. It was a nightmare of a season for the 6-6 Miami Hurricanes, but they did have the bright moments. One of them was Tight End Clive Walford in his last chance to shine, grabbed 44 receptions which were good for 676 yards and 7 Touchdowns.
Offensive Line struggled, Erving moved to Center and the Offensive Line started playing better immediately. The man is a talent and a future NFL star.
OT: Adam Bisnowaty- Pittsburgh: Sophomore (6-6, 305) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bisnowaty is an impressive physical specimen that is a dominating blocker. Was a heavily recruited Offensive Tackle out of Pittsburgh that decided to stay home and help the Panthers. He has a bright future in the Offensive Line and should go really far. Started his redshirt freshman year other than when he injured his back near the end of the season.
OT: TJ Clemmings – Pittsburgh: Senior (6-6, 315) Teaneck, New Jersey. Plays Right Tackle for the Pittsburgh Panthers and was in his first season on the Offensive Line in 2014. But, man, was he impressive. Like his sidekick across the line, he is a physical specimen and is very athletic. Was recruited as a Defensive End and played there for a while, but moved to Offensive Line this year. Has excellent feet and helped pave the way for James Conner at Running Back to have such a great sophomore season. Look for the Pro Scouts to flock to Clemmings because of his athleticism.
OT: Jamon Brown- Louisville: Senior (6-6,325) Fern Creek, Kentucky. I realize I have too many Offensive Tackles on my list, but it’s my list so I include who I want. After watching film of every tackle in the league, I could not leave Brown off. Like Clemmings and Erving, he was a Defensive
Lineman that made the switch and he made it very well. Played in his first game as a true freshman before moving to Offensive Guard where he started one game that season. As a Sophomore he started every game at Right Tackle. Last season, he started at Left Tackle and shined as he did again this season.
OG: Laken Tomlinson- Duke: Senior (6-3, 325) Chicago, Illinois. Laken Tomlinson has quite a story, moving to the United States when he was 10 years old and becoming the talented football player that he is and the kind of student and human being. Tomlinson should be a mid round draft pick and spend the next few years playing professional football before going to accomplish his lifetime dream of becoming a doctor.
OG: Josue Matias – Florida State: Senior (6-6, 325) Union City, New Jersey. Very solid 3 year starter for the Seminoles. Earned 2nd team All ACC after last season. His family moved to New Jersey from the Dominican Republic when he was 6 years old and his father wanted him to be a baseball player. Instead, Matias hopes to be the first player from the Dominican Republic in the NFL. I am sure his father will still be proud.
OG: Shaquille Mason – Georgia Tech: Senior (6-1, 300) Columbia, Tennessee. Best Offensive Lineman on one of the best Offensive Lines in the country. Mason was All ACC last season and has
been a long term starter for the Jackets. Excellent run blocker as all Georgia Tech Offensive Linemen must be.
C: Shane McDermott – Miami: Senior (6-4, 300) Lake Worth, Florida. 3 year starter for the Canes that was an All ACC third team selection a year ago. Consistent player for the Hurricanes and paved the way for Duke Johnson to have such a successful season.
DE: Vic Beasley- Clemson: Senior (6-3, 235) Adairsville, Georgia. Beasley is one of the top pass rushers in the land. More suited for Linebacker in the NFL with his lack of size. Finished the regular season with 29 total tackles, with 18.5 for loss and 11 sacks. He also returned a fumble for a Touchdown, hurried the Quarterback 6 times, forced 2 fumbles and broke up 2 more passes. Has sacked the Quarterback at Clemson 32 times. He will be missed in Death Valley.
DE: Mario Edwards Jr – Florida State: Junior (6-3, 295) Denton, Texas. Not sure why the claim is he is from Mississippi since I saw him personally play in Denton, Texas in high school. Edwards is a phenomenal athlete and supposedly runs a 4.6 40 yard dash. He will declare for the NFL Draft and we will all find out when he runs for Pro scouts just what his time is. Finished this season with 44 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 3 Quarterback sacks.
fumble return to go along with his other stats. Rankins totaled 48 tackles with 12.5 going for losses. He also had 7 sacks and hurried the Quarterback 2 more times. When Charlie Strong left Louisville for Texas and he was replaced with Bobby Petrino, some figured the defense would suffer but they had a good season.
DE: Eli Harold – Virginia: Junior (6-4, 250) Virginia Beach, Virginia. Harold impressed in the first game against UCLA and continued all season. He had 54 tackles with 14.5 for losses and 7 sacks. Harold also had an interception, plus a fumble return for a Touchdown. Virginia only won 5 games but their defense was pretty solid most of the year.
DE: Dadi Nicolas – Virginia Tech: Junior (6-4, 235) Delray Beach, Florida. Nicolas was a beast for the Hokies this year totaling 62 total tackles and 17 tackles for loss. Nicolas got to the Quarterback 8 and a half times and had an amazing 25 Quarterback hurries. He also broke up a pass and blocked 2 kicks. He is super quick coming off the edge.
DT: Grady Jarrett – Clemson: Senior (6-0, 290) Conyers, Georgia. Clemson is losing a lot of quality seniors on their defense this season which was the nation’s best in total defense. Jarrett was more than solid for them and clogged up the middle of the line of scrimmage repeatedly. He finished the regular season with 41 total tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 Quarterback sacks. He is shorter but very hard to block.
DT: Ethan Farmer – North Carolina: Senior (6-3, 295) Tabor City, North Carolina. North Carolina defense was not very good this season but Farmer was good at Defensive Tackle. Farmer totaled 43 tackles with 6 for loss and 2.5 sacks. One of the few bright spots out of the North Carolina season.
DT: Thomas Teal – North Carolina State: Senior (6-1, 295) Bennettsville, South Carolina. Teal totaled 46 tackles with 8 for loss and 3 sacks. He also had 4 more Quarterback hurries in leading the Wolf Pack defense to a decent showing in 2014 and a bid to play UCF in the Bitcoin St Petersburg Bowl.
DT: Eddie Goldman – Florida State: Junior (6-4, 320) Washington DC. Goldman is a large body that clogs up the middle. He had 35 total tackles and 8 tackles for loss this year, plus 4 Quarterback sacks. Goldman must play to his vast potential if the Seminoles have any chance at all to repeat as national champions this year.
DT: Adam Gotsis – Georgia Tech: Junior (6-5, 280) Abbottsford, Australia. An Australian playing a normal football position is rare and Gotsis is pretty productive. Gotsis totaled 32 tackles and had 5 and a half tackles for loss, plus 2 Quarterback sacks. But, even if he’s not making tackles he is very disruptive.
LB: Denzel Perryman- Miami: Senior (6-0, 245) Coral Gables, Florida. Sometimes it’s not that you make a tackle it’s the way you make a tackle. Denzel Perryman crushes people when he makes a tackle. He finished the regular season with 102 total tackles with 8.5 for losses and 2 sacks. Perryman was the heart and soul of the Hurricane defense even if they did finish with a disappointing 6-6 record.
LB: David Helton – Duke: Senior (6-4, 240) Chattanooga, Tennessee. Helton has been Duke’s top tackler the last 2 season. He’s been a tackling machine. He finished with 125 total tackles with 5 for losses and one and half sack. He got close to the Quarterback and hurried him 5 more times and broke up a pass. The Duke defense will miss Helton next season.
LB: Cameron Lynch – Syracuse: Senior (6-0, 230) Lawrenceville, Georgia. Syracuse has had their struggles of late, but Cameron Lynch was a good player for them. Lynch had 97 total tackles this year with 12 of those going for losses and 7 sacks. Supposedly, Lynch can bench press 225 pounds an unbelievable 36 times which is obviously good for any body weight but really great for a guy
weighing 230. He doesn’t have ideal NFL height, but he still has a nice shot at the league.
LB: Brandon Chubb – Wake Forest: Junior (6-1, 245) Powder Springs, Georgia. Chubb has had a couple of really solid years for Wake. This season he finished with 109 tackles and 6.5 tackles for losses with 3 Quarterback sacks. He forced a couple of sacks and had 6 Quarterback hurries. His father played at Georgia and in the NFL.
LB: Henry Coley – Virginia: Senior (6-2, 245) Virginia Beach, Virginia. Coley and his Cavaliers got the season going with a bang in a game which exposed UCLA. Coley had 76 tackles and 12.5 of those were for losses, plus 8 sacks. He broke up 6 passes and forced 2 fumbles. Virginia was 2-10 in 2013, and improved to 5-7 this past season but it was still something of a disappointment.
CB: DJ White – Georgia Tech: Junior (5-11, 190) McDonough, Georgia. White was impressive and especially against Georgia. He totaled 62 tackles with 2.5 for losses. White also had 4 Interceptions and broke up 5 more passes and caused a fumble. He was particularly impressive against Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
CB: Kendall Fuller – Virginia Tech: Sophomore (6-0, 190) Baltimore, Maryland. Fuller was first team All American after totaling 50 tackles, picking off a pass and returning it 47 yards for a Touchdown. He broke up 14 passes, totaled 4.5 tackles for loss and made time to sack the
CB: Garry Peters – Clemson: Senior (6-0, 190) Conyers, Georgia. Excellent Cornerback for the nation’s best statistical defense. Peters had 44 total tackles, 8 tackles for losses and 2 Quarterback sacks. He had 1 interception and broke up 11 more passes. Peters is a guy you would want to avoid if you were a Quarterback.
DB: Anthony Harris -Virginia: Senior (6-1, 190) Chesterfield, Virginia. Harris had 8 Interceptions as a junior and only 2 as a senior. But, he did make 108 total tackles and had 2 tackles for loss and a sack. He also broke up 10 passes and hurried the Quarterback one more time. Harris was a 3 year starter for the Cavaliers and a solid player for them. Harris was a Sports Illustrated All American in 2013.
DB: Gerrod Holliman – Louisville: Sophomore (6-2, 215) Miami, Florida. Holliman had an incredible season and made first team All American by some. By Intercepting 14 passes this season, Holliman tied a 46 year old record held by the University of Washington’s Al Worley. Pretty incredible record and he’s got a bowl game to try and break it. Holliman also had 37 total tackles, with 3 for loss. As if he hadn’t made Quarterbacks miserable enough, he also got a sack.
DB: DeVon Edwards – Duke: Sophomore (5-9, 175) Covington, Georgia. Edwards is an undersized, but very productive safety for the Blue Devils. He was second on the team behind David Helton with 119 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 Quarterback sacks. Edwards broke up 9 passes and forced 4 fumbles. Edwards was all over the place and even had 24 Kickoff returns which averaged 25.42 and had 1 touchdown return. Throw in 1 Interception and you have an All ACC season for DeVon Edwards.
DB: Quin Blanding – Virginia: Freshman (6-4, 215) Virginia Beach, Virginia. This 5 star true freshman took all of the suspense out of whether he deserved a 5 star rating right away by proving he was a super star from day one. Led his team in tackles this season with 123 total. He had 3 Interceptions, broke up 6 passes, had 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Outstanding player.
DB: Jeremy Cash- Duke: Junior (6-2, 205) Miami, Florida. Another impressive player out of the football producing mecca of Miami. Cash was one of 3 Duke players with over 100 tackles. Cash had 103 tackles and 10.5 of those were for losses. Cash had 5.5 Quarterback sacks with 5 more
Quarterback hurries. He broke up 7 passes, caused 4 fumbles and picked off 2 passes. Duke went 9-3 this season but was disappointed to not defend their ACC Coastal Championship.
Kicker: Roberto Aguayo – Florida State
Punter: Will Baumann- North Carolina State
Offensive Player of the Year: James Conner – Pittsburgh
Defensive Player of the Year: Vic Beasley – Clemson
Coach of the Year: Paul Johnson – Duke
Freshman of the Year Offense: Brad Kaaya – Miami
Freshman of the Year Defense: Quin Blanding- Virginia