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Jack Follman's 2014 All-Americans: Four teams loaded with Pac-12 players

All-American teams with a Pac-12 focus.

Harry How

The season is almost here and I just finished up putting together a good amount of All-American teams. To save everyone (and me) time, I am only including blurbs about my Pac-12 selections, because we all know those are the only players that we care about anyways. Agreed? Good.

First Team


QB Jameis Winston So. Florida State

RB Melvin Gordon Jr. Wisconsin

RB Todd Gurley Jr. Georgia

WR Antwan Godley Sr. Baylor

WR Amari Cooper Jr. Alabama

TE Nick O'Leary Sr. Florida State

OL Cedric Ogbuehi Sr. Texas A&M

OL Cameron Erving Sr. Florida State

OL Tre' Jackson Sr. Florida State

OL Brandon Scherff Sr. Iowa

OL Hroniss Grasu Sr. Oregon

Tough call between Grasu and Auburn's Reese Dismukes for the nation's top center, but I go with Grasu who is the front man for a great Duck line that will probably plow the way for countless rushing yards this season. He is solid as a rock and the senior leader of the Duck offense.


DL Leonard Williams Jr. USC

My pick for the top draft choice of the 2015 draft and a potential Heisman candidate as a defensive lineman. Could be the best Pac-12 defensive lineman since Steve Emtman, especially considering he wasn't 100 percent in 2013.

DL Vic Beasley Sr. Clemson

DL Shilique Calhoun Jr. Michigan State

DL Randy Gregory Jr. Nebraska

LB A.J. Johnson Sr. Tennessee

LB Denzel Perryman Sr. Miami

LB Ramik Wilson Sr. Georgia

DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Sr. Oregon

The nation's most physical cornerback with major first round talent, teams will likely avoid Ekpre-Olomu in 2014. He might not get a ton of interceptions in 2014 due to that, but he might be the most-feared defensive back in the nation regardless.

DB Cody Prewitt Sr. Mississippi

DB Landon Collins Jr. Alabama

DB Derron Smith Sr. Fresno State

K Roberto Aguayo So. Florida State

P Drew Kaser Jr. Texas A&M

R Tyler Lockett Sr. Kansas State

2nd Team


QB Marcus Mariota Jr. Oregon

Give Winston the edge since he led his team to a national championship already, but Mariota might be a more sound player with just as much upside. I still want to see him show up in a big game, but it is hard to argue against Mariota not being either the best, or second-best quarterback in the nation.

RB T.J. Yeldon Jr. Alabama

RB Jeremy Langford Sr. Michigan State

WR Jamison Crowder Sr. Duke

WR Devonte Davis Sr. UNLV

TE Devin Funchess Jr. Michigan

OL Reese Dismukes Sr. Auburn

OL Andrus Peat Jr. Stanford

The scary thing is that Peat is just starting to come into his own and could be the best lineman in the entire country if he keeps developing. Big, fast, athletic and versatile, he is a monster at tackle that can move as well as any lineman in the country.

OL La'el Collins Sr. LSU

OL Spencer Drango Jr. Baylor

OL A.J. CAnn Sr. South Carolina


DL Michael Bennett Sr. Ohio State

DL Carl Davis Sr. Iowa

DL Dante Fowler Jr. Florida

DL Mario Edwards Jr. Jr. Florida State

LB Trey DePriest Sr. Alabama

LB Hayes Pullard Sr. USC

The rock in the middle of the Trojan defense, Pullard is right up there amongst a fantastic group of elite inside linebackers this season. He isn't a physical freak, but he is a tough player that can lay big hits and hold it down as the backbone of the USC defense.

LB Myles Jack So. UCLA

The hype around Jack is a bit out of control, but most of it is deserved, especially in the weakest national crop of outside linebackers I can ever remember in a given year. A rare talent that will almost assuredly be the top linebacker in the nation before he heads to the NFL.

DB P.J. Williams Jr. Florida State

DB Anthony Harris Sr. Virginia

DB Kurtis Drummond Sr. Michigan State

DB Trae Waynes Jr. Michigan State

K Jeremiah Detmer Sr. Toledo

P Austin Rehkow So. Idaho

R Ty Montgomery Sr. Stanford

Montgomery's returns might be limited in 2014 due to his importance to the Cardinal offense and a lingering injury, but when he is lined up back there to return a kick no one in the country is more dangerous.

Third Team


QB Bryce Petty Sr. Baylor

RB Ameer Abdullah Sr. Nebraska

RB Mike Davis Jr. South Carolina

WR Rashad Greene Sr. Florida State

WR Tyler Boyd So. Pitt

TE C.J. Uzomah Sr. Auburn

OL Laken Tolinson Sr. Duke

OL Shaq Mason Sr. Georgia Tech

OL Jake Smith Sr. Louisville

OL Rob Havenstein Sr. Wisconsin

OL Eric Lefeld Sr. Cincinnati


DL Cedric Reed Sr. Texas

DL Ryan Mueller Sr. Kansas State

DL Luther Maddy Sr. Virginia Tech

DL Joey Bosa So. Ohio State

LB Eric Kendricks Sr. UCLA

Overshadowed by Jack, Kendricks is probably the Pac-12's best tackler. He will be the senior leader of a UCLA defense that could sneakily be one of the best in the country.

LB Eric Striker Jr. Oklahoma

LB Kyler Fackrell Jr. Utah State

DB Vernon Hargreaves III So. Florida

DB Jordan Richards Sr. Stanford

A mainstay of the fearsome Stanford defense, Richards is about as good against the run as you can be as a safety. A big hitter that should step up as the leader of the Stanford defense, he anchors a scary secondary that should be greatly improved in 2014.

DB Lorenzo Doss Jr. Tulane

DB Quandre Diggs Sr. Texas

K Marcin Kloss Sr. USF

P Spencer Roth Sr. Baylor

R Ryan Switzer So. North Carolina

Fourth Team


QB Brett Hundley Jr. UCLA

It is a testament to how stacked the quarterback position is nationally this year that Hundley is a fourth teamer. He might be the most physically gifted of any of the elite quarterbacks out there and the rest of the team is starting to come together around him, which is scary.

RB Jay Ajayi Jr. Boise State

RB Karlos Williams Sr. Florida State

WR Justin Hardy Sr. East Carolina

WR Ty Montgomery Sr. Stanford

Montgomery gets a ton of attention as a kick returner, but he is just as good as a receiver and put up some serious numbers in 2013. He is the rare kind of talent that is 6'2 220 but can also beat defensive backs deep with his elite speed.

TE Braxton Deaver Sr. Duke

OL Jack Allen Jr. Michigan State

OL Josue Matias Sr. Florida State

OL Jamil Douglas Sr. Arizona State

An underrated player on the Sun Devil front that can play guard or tackle with serious run-blocking skills. A senior leader, he isn't flashy but has the skills to dominate along the front line.

OL Laremy Tunsil So. Mississippi

OL Isaac Seumalo Jr. Oregon State

Seumalo has quickly turned into a star at center and the ultra-poised junior has the potential to be the best center in the nation. The rest of the line around him might be a mess, but he is one of the most polished linemen in the country going into just his third season of action.


DL Henry Anderson Sr. Stanford

Kind of a projection, but Anderson fits the bill for big time Stanford pass rushers as a 6‘6 295 freak that can come off the edge and disrupt the middle. He was injured a bit in 2013, but played big in Stanford's big game and could be devastating if he is 100 percent in 2014.

DL Hau'oli Kikaha Sr. Washington

The best returning pass rusher in the nation by the numbers, Kikaha is relentless on the edge and still strong against the run. He isn't as explosive as some defensive ends, but don't be surprised if he ends up leading the nation in sacks.

DL Danny Shelton Sr. Washington

A classic run plugger with a nasty streak, Shelton is a 330-pound-plus beast that is a nightmare to opposing centers. He might be best classic nose tackle in the nation.

DL A'Shawn Robinson So. Alabama

LB Tyler Matekevich Jr. Temple

LB Jake Ryan Sr. Michigan

LB Jaylon Smith So. Notre Dame

DB Sam Carter Sr. TCU

DB Kendall Fuller So. Virginia Tech

DB Blake Countess Jr. Michigan

DB Marcus Peters Jr. Washington

A big, strong lock down corner with a knack for creating turnovers, could be the best corner in the Pac-12 by the end of the season. Most of the country might not know who he is, but they probably will soon.

K Zane Gonzalez So. Arizona State

A  freshman sensation, Gonzalez was the best kicker in the Pac-12 as just a freshman and should only get better in 2014.

P Justin Manton Sr. Louisiana-Monroe

R Christion Jones Sr. Florida State