It’s hard to believe that the college football season is nearing its midway point – kind of like it’s hard to believe that South Carolina managed to knock off Alabama last weekend, or the fact that for the first time in a long time, an SEC team isn’t firmly entrenched in the top five.
Whether it’s difficult to grasp or not, the midseason point is indeed upon us – and here is a Midseason All-American Team to help celebrate that fact, featuring – in some cases – players and player stats that are, well… equally as hard to believe.
College Football’s 2010 Midseason All-American Team
QB – Kellen Moore (Boise State)
Many may have an urge to push for Taylor Martinez or Denard Robinson, but no one is more valuable to his team than Moore, who continues to post high completion percentage numbers, while only throwing 1 INT on the season and having the country’s best QB rating to date
RB – LaMichael James (Oregon)
James should be considered a Heisman frontrunner at this point – and his gaudy statistics (nearly 170 yards/game, best in the nation) are the main spark for a potent Oregon offense.
RB – John Clay (Wisconsin)
In a tight race for this slot, Clay has been steady, posting multiple 100-yard games, leading a solid Badgers rushing attack and scoring 9 TD’s on the season.
WR – Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
With Blackmon, it’s hard to argue the numbers, as through five games, he leads the nation in yards/game (149.6), is first among receivers in touchdowns (11) and second in total yards (748).
WR – Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina)
A.J. Green was expected to be the SEC representative on this list, but has missed part of the season due to ineligibility. That leaves Jeffery, who has been the SEC’s most consistent – and potent – receiver, with 34 catches and 600+ yards in just five games.
WR – Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)
Broyles has been one of the most consistent receivers in all of college football this season, and easily Landry Jones’ favorite target – as he averages over 9 receptions/game (second only to OSU’s Blackmon).
TE – Lance Kendricks (Wisconsin)
Only 3 tight ends crack the Top 100 in total receiving yards/game – and Kendricks leads the trio averaging over 15 yards per catch.
C – Kris O’Dowd (USC)
O’Dowd has been a steady force for a Trojans team that has likely been fighting a rollercoaster of emotions knowing that the postseason is not obtainable.
OT – Anthony Castonzo (Boston College)
Even during a long year for the Eagles, the 6’7” Castonzo is still considered by many to be one of the best (if not the best) tackles in college football.
OT – Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin)
If not for talented big men in the trenches such as Carimi, John Clay and the rest of the Wisconsin running game would not see nearly as much success.
OG – Steve Schilling (Michigan)
There’s a reason that Denard Robinson is getting so many yards – and that’s the assistance from (and improvement of) the Wolverines O-line, which is headlined by Schilling.
OG – Nate Potter (Boise State)
Hey, there’s also a reason that Kellen Moore completes such a high percentage of his passes, because he has quality linemen like Potter that can consistently protect him in the pocket.
DE – Adrian Clayborn (Iowa)
He forces opponents to double up on him consistently and changes the entire way a game is played, wreaking havoc in the trenches. Clayborn is a sure fire top 10 pick in the draft.
DT – Nick Fairley (Auburn)
He leads the SEC in tackles for a loss (12 ½) – and is ranked second overall in the nation. Fairley has been giving headaches to opposing offenses all season.
DT – Drake Nevis (LSU)
The Tigers remain undefeated, and the play of Nevis on defense (5 sacks and 10 ½ tackles for a loss) has been a big reason for LSU’s early season run.
DE – Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue)
Kerrigan has been healthy this year and the numbers show, cracking the nation’s top ten in sacks (5 ½), while also leading the country in tackles for a loss, with 13.
LB – Luke Keuchly (Boston College)
Many likely haven’t heard of him, but Kuechly has been all over the field so far this season – and is second in the nation in solo tackles (40) and fourth in total tackles.
LB – Manti Te’o (Notre Dame)
With a lot of big future NFL Draft names not making this list, Te’o is one of the younger up-and-comers, a sophomore, who is among the country’s top 10 in tackles per game to date.
LB – A.J. Klein (Iowa State)
Another sophomore linebacker on the list, Klein is among the top ten in total tackles, plus he has 3 interceptions on the season – two of which were “pick sixes”.
LB – Greg Jones (Michigan State)
Jones continues to put up steady numbers year after year, and is the leader of the Spartans defense, who handled Denard Robinson and Michigan last week.
CB – Patrick Peterson (LSU)
Peterson already has a couple of picks this season and is considered by many critics to be the best corner in the country – and a future high NFL draft pick.
CB – Mark Barron (Alabama)
Barron has been all over the field this season, recording 42 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception – including 28 tackles and 2 sacks over the last 3 games against solid SEC opponents.
FS – Rahim Moore (UCLA)
Considered by many to be the best safety in college football, Moore has recently stepped it up against quality road opponents, totaling 17 combined tackles against Texas and Cal.
SS – DeAndre McDaniel (Clemson)
Named a first-team All-American by the FWAA last season, McDaniel is well on his way to earning that honor again.
K – Collin Wagner (Penn State)
As painful as it is for Nittany Lions fans to hear, Wagner (13 FG’s through 6 games) has been the team’s offensive MVP. For as bad as Penn State has been in the red zone, Wagner has been exactly the opposite.
P – Kyle Martens (Rice)
He’s had to punt more than five times a game this season, but Martens still averages nearly 48 yards per punt, which is third in all of college football.
KR – William Powell (Kansas State)
Powell has been the most consistent this season, returning 14 kicks with a 31.50 yard average. Anyone else in the nation’s top 20 has a touchdown to bump their average, and not nearly as many returns.
PR – Cliff Harris (Oregon)
Only Maryland’s Tony Logan has a better average per punt return, but Harris has already returned three punts for touchdowns.
* Also posted to my Bleacher Report page