Per the commentary I've been receiving here on Ed The Sports Fan, I think I'm going to shine a bit of light on college football. The 2008-2009 collegiate football season could be the most wide open season of all-time. There are heavy favorites out of all the major BCS conferences, and there are major storylines all across the board. So guess what I'm going to do? For the first time, Ed The Sports Fan needs your help...help me pick the first-ever ETSF pre-season All-American team. Please send your choices email@example.com, and I will compile the Fan's final team. Here's what I've got so far...
Ed The Sports Fan's pre-season first team All-American offense
QB - Tim Tebow, Florida
I had to pick Tebow; didn't want to. The sad thing is that he is now SOOOO squeaky clean and beloved by America with his Heisman. Starting to root against Flawda and Tebow is becoming kinda fun...Other candidates: Matthew Stafford, UGA; Sam Bradford, OU.
RB - Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
He's on here just for his name. Aside from that, he's the catalyst to the Georgia offense and his offensive line in is still intact from last season; potentially a big year from Mr. Know it All in '08.
WR - Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
He's no longer a freshman, and he's probably gonna catch at least 20 passes a game. Seriously, this dude scares the hell outta me and my Sooners.
WR - Arrelious Benn, Illinois
With Mendenhall gone from the Illini, look for "Rejus" Benn to be the playmaker everyone saw on YouTube. Other candidates: Bryan Robiskie, Ohio State; Jeremy Maclin, Mizzou.
TE - Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
You thought I wouldn't put at least one Sooner on here? He's deserving, leading all TEs in the nation in touchdowns last year. He will have to step his game up with Malcolm Kelly now playing on Sundays. Other candidates: Travis Beckum, Wisconsin
OL - Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma
OL - Andre Smith, Alabama
OL - Michael Oher, Ole Miss
OL - George Robinson, Oklahoma
OL - Max Unger, Oregon
Ed The Sports Fan's pre-season first team All-American defense
DE - Tyson Jackson, LSU
All of Glenn Dorsey's limelight will now shine on Jackson, who by the time the '09 draft starts, will have the choice of playing DT or DE in the NFL. Other candidates: Greg Hardy, Ole Miss; Ricky Sapp, Clemson.
DT - Fili Moala, USC
Think Haloti Ngata, except potentially stronger and better footwork. Sorry for ya, Ohio State and the Pac-10. Good luck guarding him. Other candidates: Vance Walker, Georgia Tech; Al Woods, LSU.
DT - Sen'Derrick Marks, Auburn
In the Warren Sapp mold, has a quick burst, and he is very disruptive; could have a Dorsey-esque season.
DE - George Selvie, South Florida
The '07 first team All-American will be back in rare form in '08. Finished second in the NCAA with 14.5 sacks while battling injuries last season.
LB - Rey Maualuga, USC
Dude is scary. If you don't remember who he is...he's the dude that tried to take off the UCLA QBs head when he was sliding out of bounds. Yeah, that was him.
LB - James Laurinitis, Ohio State
Great linebacker with all the instincts you need to be successful. Plus, he's a great leader to a very young Buckeye team whose prime is supposed to be in '08, not '07.
LB - Scott McKillop, Pittsburgh
McKillop definitely came into his own last season and now is poised to show America what he can do. One of the most productive Mike linebackers in recent Big East history. Other candidates: Brian Cushing, USC; Brandon Spikes, Florida; Sean Lee, Penn State.
CB - Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
He's grown up on the job and now is the definite leader of the Ohio State defense, alongside Laurinitis. At 6'1", 210, he's got all the size you need in a DB.
CB - Mike Mickens, Cincinnati
No, I haven't been swayed by the Cincinnati locals here. Dude can play. With head coach Brian Kelly pushing Mickens, he has the potential to be a first round pick in the '08 draft. Other candidates: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest; Wondy Pierre-Louis, Florida.
S - Nic Harris, Oklahoma
Now a senior, its time for Harris to be the man in Sooner Nation. He's got all the physical tools you need, and now he'll be counted on to make all the big plays on defense.
S - Taylor Mays, USC
This dude is ridiculous. Think Sean Taylor (RIP), but bigger and faster. Yes, bigger and faster. Dude is 6'4", 225 and runs in the mid 4.2s. He's a playmaker for the Trojans and should be a huge force in '08. Other candidates: William Moore, Mizzou.
KR - Percy Harvin, Florida
They've talked about Harvin for the last two years and he's shown flashes but always seems to get nicked up. If he stays healthy, then look for big numbers for Harvin and the Gators. Other candidates: Demarco Murray, Oklahoma.
I challenge each and every single one of you to put together a better All-American roster than that. Let me know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment here on the page. Godspeed.