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.
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
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.
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
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