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How can you pick XXX on your All-Conference Team…He never played a down of College Football?

June 21st, 2012 No comments

For years now I have wanted to put different articles in my magazine but many of you know there is not much available room remaining to squeeze in more information. However through the internet and on my website I can produce 2 or 3 pages of information and not have to worry about space limitations. I have been asked the question of the article above so many times during my radio show circuit that I keep giving the same type of answers over and over.

Similar to my Top 40 and conference order projections, everything that you see in my magazine is a projection of where and what the season will look like at the end of the season. The same goes for my All-Conference teams. Several times I project upperclassmen who have had rather disappointing careers to have breakout seasons and place them on my All-Conference team. Also on occasion I even place true freshmen on my All-Conference teams meaning that I project them to have really big first years. While a true freshman starting an entire year is uncommon, keep in mind on average at least 1 or 2 true freshman make their way into the starting lineup at some point in the year on nearly every team. While freshman standouts who end up being All-Conference or All-American caliber are rare there usually is 1 or 2 breakout freshman each year in college football (see Clemson’s Sammy Watkins LY).

Here is brief history of all the very successful FIRST year players in college football through the years (in date order).

1. Tony Dorsett rushed for 1,586 yds as a freshman at Pitt in 1973 and was the first freshman All-American since Army’s Doc Blanchard did it in1944.

2. Herschel Walker ran for 1,616 yds in 1980 and finished in the Top 3 of the Heisman Trophy Voting while leading the Bulldogs to the National Title.

3. NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith gained 1,341 yds and 13 TD’s and finished No. 9 in the 1987 Heisman Trophy Voting as a freshman RB at Florida.

4. Marshall Faulk broke 10 individual NCAA records as a freshman when he rushed for 1,429 yds and 21 TD’s in 1991.

5. In 1996 Ron Dayne ran for 1,863 yds and 18 TD’s as a frosh. Ironically, Dayne’s freshman season provided the most yds of any of his four seasons and he finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher.

6. Virginia Tech’s Michael Vick holds the NCAA FBS mark for the highest passing efficiency rating by a freshman, with 180.4 while totaling 2,425 rush/pass yds and 20 TD’s in 1999. Most impressively he led VT to the national title game vs Florida St that same year!

7. Jared Lorenzen had 3,827 pass yds as a freshman at Kentucky in 2000 and holds the NCAA record for most pass yds gained by a freshman in a season.

8. Brad Smith is the only freshman QB in college football history to have gained both 2,000 yds pass and 1,000 yds rush when he accomplished this in 2002.

9. In 2004, Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson had the most rushing yds by any NCAA freshman in history with 1,925 and was a Heisman finalist.

10. In 2007, Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree broke several NCAA freshman records with 134 rec for 1,962 yds and 22 TD’s.

11. Jeremy Maclin in 2007 broke the FBS record for all-purpose yards by a freshman when he racked up 2,776 total yds. It included 375 rush yds, 1,055rec yds and 1,346 yds on returns.

12. Sam Bradford threw for 3,121 yds and 36 TD’s (an NCAA record by a freshman) and only eight picks during his freshman campaign at Oklahoma in 2007. He also completed 69.5 % of his passes, which is the FBS record for highest completion % by a freshman in a season with at least 200 attempts.

13. In 2009, Pittsburgh RB Dion Lewis had 1,799 rush yds, the best rookie performance by a back since North Texas’ Jamario Thomas had 1,801 yds in 2004.

14. This year’s #2 Pick in the NFL Draft, Robert Griffin III threw for 2,091 yds and 15 TD’s and then rushed for 843 additional yds and 13 TD’s as a rookie in 2009.

15. Last year Sammy Watkins did it all as a freshman at Clemson and racked up 2,297 yds in total offense and was a 1st Tm AA as a true frosh. Watkins gained 1,219 yds as a receiver, 231 yards on the ground, 826 yards as a kick returner.

Two years ago I took a lot of flack for putting freshman South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore on my preseason All-SEC team before he even played a down. In the end, he did not disappoint me when he ran for 1,197 yds (4.8) and was the National Frosh of the Year in 2010! Again last year I put South Carolina freshman phenom DE Jadeveon Clowney on my preseason list and despite not being a regular starter, he had 12 tfl’s and was 2nd Team SEC at the end of the year! I also had Texas RB Malcolm Brown and Georgia RB Isaiah Crowell on my preseason All-Conference teams and the two of them combined for 1,592 rush yds!

As you can see from all the above examples it is not very uncommon for a freshman to step in and make an immediate impact in their inaugural season and this is why each year you will find at least 1 or 2 true freshman who have never played a down of college football make my All-Conference team.

2012 Preseason All-American Team

May 28th, 2012 1 comment

About a week ago I started releasing my Preseason All Conference teams and today I wrap it up by releasing my 2012 All-American Team!

18 teams received at least one selection on my 1st-Team All-American list and it should come as no surprise that Alabama and LSU lead the way with the Tide having three 1st-Team selections (8 overall) and LSU having two 1st-Team selections (7 overall). USC who will probably be preseason AP #1 or #2 has three 1st-Team players (5 overall) while Arkansas and Texas A&M despite having zero 1st-Team selections have five players each. An overall 50 different schools had at least one player on my four teams! The SEC naturally led the way with 38 selections while the Pac-12 was 2nd with 18 players and the ACC 3rd with 17.

Download My Preseason All-American Team.PDF Here!

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 40 Countdown which continued today with #22 Michigan and #21 Notre Dame. Every day now thru June 12th, I will post both magazine pages on each team that day and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember I will make those magazine pages available for only 24 hours for you to download.

2012 Preseason All-Big Ten and All-SEC Teams

May 28th, 2012 No comments

A couple days ago I started releasing my Preseason All Conference teams and today I will finish with the All-Big 10 and All-SEC teams.

9 of the 12 Big Ten teams have at least one 1st-Team selection on my Preseason All-Big 10 Team. 2x defending champ Wisconsin leads the way with seven 1st-team selections while Michigan St, Nebraska and Ohio St each have four 1st-Team players. The Spartans actually lead the way with an overall 16 players followed by Ohio St who has 15.

11 of the 14 teams in the SEC are represented with at least one 1st-Team selection. It should come as no surprise that Alabama and LSU lead the way with six players each while Arkansas, Auburn and Georgia each have three 1st-Team selections. LSU overall has the most players with 17 selections while Bama has 12 followed by Florida and Georgia who have 11.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 40 Countdown which continued today with #24 Virginia Tech and #23 South Carolina. Every day now thru June 12th, I will post both magazine pages on each team that day and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember I will make those magazine pages available for only 24 hours for you to download.

2012 Preseason All-ACC and All-Big 12 Teams

May 28th, 2012 No comments

A couple days ago I started releasing my Preseason All Conference teams and today I will continue with the All-ACC and All-Big 12 teams

11 of the 12 ACC teams have at least one 1st-Team selection on my Preseason All-ACC Team. Clemson leads the way with six 1st-team selections while Florida St and North Carolina each have five 1st-Team players. The Seminoles do lead the way with an overall 20 players which is seven more than Clemson.

9 of the 10 teams in the Big 12 are represented with at least one 1st-Team selection. Oklahoma leads the way with seven players while defending champ Oklahoma St has five and Texas has four. Big 12 newcomers West Virginia and TCU are each well represented as the Moutaineers have three 1st-team selections while TCU has five 2nd-Team selections.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 40 Countdown which continued today with #26 Boise St and #25 West Virginia. Every day now thru June 12th, I will post both magazine pages on each team that day and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember I will make those magazine pages available for only 24 hours for you to download.

 

Preseason All-Big East and All-Pac-12 Teams

May 21st, 2012 No comments

A couple days ago I started releasing my Preseason All Conference teams and today I will continue with the All-Big Eastand All-Pac-12 teams

7 of the 8 Big East Teams placed at least one player on my 1st-Team and Connecticut leads the way with seven 1st-Team selections including RB Lyle McCombs. USF, Pittsburgh and Rutgers who each have five selections. Overall, USF and Rutgers had the most players on the team with 19 each while Pittsburgh had 15.

11 of the 12 Pac-12 Teams feature at least one player on my 1st-Team. It should come as no surprise that USC leads the way with seven 1st-Team selections including All-American candidates QB Matt Barkley, WR Robert Woods and S TJ McDonald. Stanford was next in line with five 1st-Team selections while Oregon had four.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 40 Countdown which continued today with #28 Mississippi St and #27 Tennessee. Every day now thru June 12th, I will post both magazine pages on each team that day and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember I will make those magazine pages available for only 24 hours for you to download.

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Preseason All-CUSA and All-MW Teams

May 21st, 2012 No comments

A couple days ago I started releasing my Preseason All Conference teams and today I will continue with the All-CUSA and All-MW teams

CUSA has 10 teams with at least one 1st-Team selection and are led by defending CUSA Champ Southern Miss who has six players including DE/OLB Jamie Collins who is an All-American Candidate and possible early round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. UCF returns 16 st’rs this year and places five players on my 1st-Team while SMU and Tulsa each have four players that made my 1st-Team.

The All-MW team has definitely changed over the past couple of years as just a few years ago BYU, Utah and TCU players dominated my All-MW teams. This year Boise remains a MW favorite but are one of the most inexp’d teams in all of college football with just 7 st’rs back and have four players make my 1st-Team while surprisingly Colorado St leads the way six 1st-Team selections. MW Newcomers Nevada and Fresno St each have four players on my 1st-Team.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 40 Countdown which continued today with #30 Texas A&M and #29 Auburn. Every day now thru June 12th, I will post both magazine pages on each team that day and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember I will make those magazine pages available for only 24 hours for you to download.

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Preseason All-MAC and All-Indepedent Teams

May 18th, 2012 No comments

In yesterday’s blog I started releasing my Preseason All Conference teams and today I will continue with the All-Independent and All-MAC teams

The MAC has 10 teams with two or more 1st-Team selections and are led by Bowling Green who has five players including 2 on their fine ST’s unit. Defending East Champ Ohio has four 1st-Team selections while Western Michigan and Miami, Ohio each have three 1st-Team players and are led by offensive stars WMU QB Alex Carder and Miami WR Nick Harwell.

The All-Independent team has naturally been dominated by ND players but with the addition of BYU last year, the team has gotten more balanced. This year ND again leads the way with 13 1st-Team selections (20 overall) while BYU has 11 1st-Team selections (18 overall). Navy and Army each have one 1st-Team player while Army has 7 players overall Navy has 6.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 40 Countdown which continued the today with #32 Houston and #31 Ohio. Every day now thru June 12th, I will post both magazine pages on each team that day and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember I will make those magazine pages available for only 24 hours for you to download.

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Preseason All-WAC and All-Sun Belt Teams!

May 18th, 2012 No comments

In today’s blog I will start releasing my All Conference teams starting with the All-WAC and All-Sun Belt teams.

The Sun Belt is led by FIU and WKU who both have seven 1st Team All-Conference players including FIU RB Kedrick Rhodes and WKU TE Jack Doyle. Louisiana fresh off their first ever bowl game is well represented with six 1st Team players led by RB Alonzo Harris and Arkansas St has arguably one of the most underrated QB’s in the country in Ryan Aplin.

In the WAC defending champ Louisiana Tech leads the way with nine 1st Team All-Conference players led by QB Colby Cameron and WR’s Quinton Patton and Myles White. San Jose St which was much improved LY and returns many of their key players also has nine 1st Team selections while Idaho and San Jose St each have four players on my 1st Team.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 40 Countdown which continued the today with #34 Louisville and #33 Utah. Every day now thru June 12th, I will post both magazine pages on each team that day and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember I will make those magazine pages available for only 24 hours for you to download.

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2011 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List!!

July 15th, 2011 No comments

For the past week I have been giving you the preseason watch lists for the various awards that I am a proud voting member for and with each of these lists I was an integral part in the players that were selected. One of those awards is the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and today the 2011 Watch List was released.

The O’Brien is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The O’Brien honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The O’Brien is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $825,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.

Last year I was honored to help in the voting for the Davey O’Brien player of the week each and every week and we had a special page devoted to the O’Brien Award on the PhilSteele.com site weekly. I do want to give special mention to Danielle Moorman who is the Executive Director of the Davey O’Brien Foundation and does an excellent job with the award.

This year’s list features 38 of the nation’s top collegiate quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. Read more…

2011 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

July 11th, 2011 No comments

For the past week I have been giving you the preseason watch lists for the various awards that I am a proud voting member for and with each of these lists I was an integral part in the players that were selected. One of those awards is the Jim Thorpe Award and today the 2011 Watch List was released.

The Jim Thorpe Award for the best defensive back in college football was created in 1986 and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. The Award is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

Last year I was honored to pick the Jim Thorpe Award player of the week each and every week and we had a special page devoted to the Thorpe Award on the PhilSteele.com site weekly.

Here is the 2011 preseason watch list for the award. This watch list was determined by a committee of experts and we are very pleased at how the list has turned out. Some of the categories that the players were weighed on were not limited to how they expect to perform on the football field this year but also what they have done so far in their college careers. This includes several post-season and pre-season All-Conference and All-American lists. Also important to the award is their off-the-field contributions which effect their character. Finally, we considered their potential at the next level but talking to a several NFL draft experts who weighed in on the player’s strengths/weaknesses.

Keep in mind a player that is not on this list can still win the award as this list will be fluid throughout the season. In November the committee will meet to narrow the field to 10 or 12 semi-finalists and they will meet again on the Monday before Thanksgiving to select the three finalists. The names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of over 50 sports writers, sportscasters, former players and coaches who vote to determine the winner. The finalists are invited to ESPN’s College Football Awards Show, broadcast on December 8, 2011 from Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The winner is announced during the broadcast, but the official presentation of the award takes place on Tuesday, February 7, at the 25th Anniversary Jim Thorpe Award Banquet in Oklahoma City.

As of right now these are the top 37 candidates that were selected by a committee of experts. Read more…