You know I had to do it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to make a ton of folks real mad on this list, so I'm going to do my best (yeah right) to be as fair as possible. Oh yeah, if you have a problem with this list, well...you can come see me about it, I'm in Cincinnati...that's all you need to know. Just ask for the nicest light-skinned dude in the game and they'll point you in my direction. With that being said, let's get this thang rolling.
QB: Colt McCoy, Texas - Look, I hate Texas, and they probably hate me, but I can't hate on Colt McCoy. When you go through a season in which you complete 77% of your passes in a season (NCAA Record) then you'll get some love from me. Pause. This award could have gone to two other QB's just in the Big 12 (Bradford, Robinson) and that guy that wears #15 in the SEC (God's 2nd favorite QB behind Kurt Warner), but McCoy gets his respect here and will prove it all season. (Hopefully except against Oklahoma)
Honorable Mention: Florida QB Tim Tebow, Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead, Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson
RB: Jahvid Best, California - I honestly really wanted to put "The Quizz Show" aka Jacquizz Rodgers here just on the performance he put up on USC, however I'm going to say it right now...Jahvid Best might be the best runningback to come out of Cal ever. Don't believe me?
Best was utterly dominant force against all Pac-10 foes last season as he went for 1580 yards on 194 carries with a conference high 15 TDs. Cal's been putting out tailbacks lately, and Best might be THE best. YouTube him.
RB: Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech - The dominant force in maybe the coolest offense in college football, GTech runs what they call the "spread option" and they run the ball about 30 times a game. Good luck stopping him.
Honorable Mention: Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter, West Virginia RB Noel Devine
WR: Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State - Probably the beasty-est WR in college football, he can do it all, beat you deep, go up and get it, or run you over. Being the focal point in the Pokes' offense, he might go for 2,000 yards this year. Seriously.
WR: Dez Briscoe, Kansas - Oh, you didn't know that you had to be named "Dez" to be on my All-American team? LOL, Briscoe is ill, period. The favorite target of Kansas QB Todd Reesing, he finds a way to find #80 as many times as possible. More in the mold of Brandon Marshall or Anquan Boldin, supremely physical. Oklahoma and Texas will have game plans specifically created to stop Bryant and Briscoe, should call it the "Dez Defense."
TE: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma - Come on now, you know I was going to have a Sooner on here, but he is fully deserving. I remember a story my buddy Dave told me about Jermaine when they were in high school together in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He said that one time Ardmore was playing Ada and they had a receiver that was giving them fits all day, Jermaine said, "Let me get him." So they threw this 6'6" 250-pound monster on this wideout and he shut him down for the remainder of the game. Oh yeah, now he's the best tight end in football and guaranteed top-10 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Good luck Big 12.
OL: Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
OL: Ciron Black, LSU
OL: Trent Williams, Oklahoma
OL: Sam Young, Notre Dame
OL: Kristofer O'Dowd, USC
DL: Terrence Cody, Alabama
DL: Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
DL: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska - Cody, McCoy, and Suh are all three defensive tackles and they know how to clog the lane. By brute strength and cunning quickness, these 3 find a way to dictate what the offensive line does and takes 2 linemen with 'em. They are what you would call, a linebackers' best friend.
DL: George Selvie, South Florida - The best defensive end in college football resides at USF, Selvie made our 2008-09 All-American team last year and will look to terrorize Big East QB's again this year. At 6'4" 250, he's rounded himself off as a total end, being able to use speed and power to get to the QB and snuff out run plays.
Honorable Mention: Florida DE Jermaine Cunningham, TCU DE Jerry Hughes, Syracuse DT Arthur Jones
LB: Brandon Spikes, Florida - The best linebacker on the best team in college football will get you on this list alone, but Spikes has been snuffing out big plays for the Gators for 3 years now and he could be a major reason why the Gators go 3 for 4 in titles come January.
LB: Sean Witherspoon, Missouri - Led nation in tackles with 156, enough said.
LB: Navorro Bowman, Penn State - When you start to be compared with legendary 'backer Lavar Arrington, you can make my list.
Honorable Mention: Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis, Baylor LB Joe Pawalek, Boston College LB Mark Herzlich
CB: Joe Haden, Florida - Haden has good speed and even better quickness, and he does what you love to have most from a cornerback, he makes plays. He'll be locking up other teams best wideouts, should be fun to watch.
CB: Trevard Lindley, Kentucky - One of the most underrated players in college football, his name will be widespread by January. Now a senior and 4-year starter in the SEC, he'll look to continue to build on last season's success of 4 picks and 15 passes defended last season.
FS: Eric Berry, Tennessee - Ok, when you start being considered a HEISMAN candidate on the defensive side of the ball, you're going to make my list. However, when you play safety makes it all the more interesting. #14 is getting some lofty projections on his potential, and when you lead the league in interceptions (7) as a sophomore, that's going to open up some eyes. Lets see how many plays he makes in '09 as QBs will be weary of where he is, should be fun to watch.
SS: Taylor Mays, USC - There have been some great safeties who have come out of USC...Ronnie Lott and Troy Polamalu immediately come to mind, and I'm sure that when its all said and done Taylor Mays will ascend to their status. Funny thing is, he plays like neither of them. His favorite player to watch has always been the immortal Sean Taylor (RIP) and I will go out on a limb and say that he does remind us of "The Hitstick King". He's got work to do, but there's no doubt he's the hardest hitting safety in college football, something that Lott, Polamalu, and Taylor would all be proud of.
Honorable Mention: Cal CB Syd'Quan Thompson, UCLA, CB Alterraun Verner, Georgia Tech FS Morgan Burnett
KR/PR: Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati - Quite possibly could've made this list at WR, but he's guaranteed to make it as a return man. The work he did against Oklahoma was ridiculous. Trust, everyone here in Cincinnati let me know that they didn't care that they lost, just that Gilyard pretty much ran wind sprints up and down the field in Norman.
K: Kai Forbath, UCLA
P: Zoltan Mesko, Notre Dame
Let the debate begin...who'd I leave off? Who's going to win the Heisman in 2010? Let us know!
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