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By Nolan Nawrocki

PFW's All-America team annually honors college football's most talented players and is determined based on considerable feedback from NFL evaluators, taking into consideration a player's pure talent and contribution to his team. Unlike many other teams honoring the best college football players, PFW places an extra premium on true talent and draft value in the selection process. However, participants are expected to have contributed for the bulk of the season to qualify, leaving off some talented prospects who were limited this season. Extra attention is paid to qualities such as toughness, competitiveness and work ethic.

Juniors are designated by one asterisk (*), draft-eligible sophomores have two (**) and true sophomores have three (***).

Quarterback

Andrew Luck, Stanford**

Luck is extremely tough and mature beyond his years and led the Cardinal to a near-perfect season, falling only to Oregon. He is very accurate, has good escapability and grades out very highly in every facet of the game.  

Honorable mention:
Kellen Moore, Boise State*
Cam Newton, Auburn*
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas*
Jake Locker, Washington
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

 

Running back

Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

Strong and compactly built, Hunter (an estimated 5-8, 200) runs with great pad level and plays bigger than his size. After his junior season was derailed by injury, he returned to top form as a senior and was one of the nation's most consistent runners. 

Honorable mention:
LaMichael James, Oregon**
Andre Ellington, Clemson**
Mark Ingram, Alabama*
Jordan Todman, Connecticut*
Mikel LeShoure, Illinois*

 

Fullback

Owen Marecic, Stanford

An old-school, throwback tough guy who also stood out at linebacker. Marecic embodies the toughness and versatility so highly desired at the FB position.

Honorable mention:
Anthony Sherman, Connecticut

 

Wide receivers

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State**
A.J. Green, Georgia

Blackmon broke out of Dez Bryant's shadow and rose to the occasion against better competition every week, easily beating Nebraska's Prince Amukamara and Texas' Aaron Williams. Once he returned to the lineup after a four-game suspension, Green could not be stopped. 

Honorable mention:
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina***
Julio Jones, Alabama*
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma*
Titus Young, Boise State

 

Tight end

Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin

An improved blocker who showed he can be a weapon in the passing game.  

Honorable mention:
D.J. Williams, Arkansas
Michael Egnew, Missouri*

 

Offensive tackles

Nate Solder, Colorado
Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

Solder and Castonzo both started slowly but finished the season very strong and proved very reliable in pass protection. They could become solid blind-side protectors in the pros. 

Honorable mention:
Marcus Cannon, TCU
Danny Watkins, Baylor
Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
Lee Ziemba, Auburn
Ben Ijalana, Villanova

 

Offensive guards

Cordy Glenn, Georgia*
Clint Boling, Georgia

The Bulldogs featured the best pair of guards in college football despite the team's struggles this season. Glenn is big, strong and powerful. Boling has been very steady, consistent and dependable. Both are gifted enough to play outside.

Honorable mention:
John Moffitt, Wisconsin
Rodney Hudson, Florida State
Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State

 

Center

Mike Pouncey, Florida

He will be better suited for a move back to guard in the pros, but his snapping improved down the stretch, and when it comes to putting a body on a body, few were better. 

Honorable mention:
Chase Beeler, Stanford
Mike Brewster, Ohio State*

 

Defensive ends

Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson*
J.J. Watt, Wisconsin*

Bowers reshaped his body and became a force off the edge this season, proving as dominant as any pass rusher in college football. Watt consistently came through in the clutch with a great motor and pass-rush instincts, showing he can take over games.  

Honorable mention:
Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
Allen Bailey, Miami (Fla.)
Cameron Jordan, California

 

Defensive tackles

Marcell Dareus, Alabama*
Nick Fairley, Auburn*

Dareus lined up everywhere along the line and, even with a bad ankle, needed to be accounted for, captaining a young defensive line. Fairley was a pass-rushing force from the inside and made impact plays when the Tigers needed them most. 

Honorable mention:
Stephen Paea, Oregon State
Corey Liuget, Illinois*

 

Inside linebacker

Luke Kuechly, Boston College***

Kuechly was seemingly always around the ball with superb instincts and exceptional football reflexes. He looks like he was born to play the position. 

Honorable mention:
Greg Jones, Michigan State
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame***
Nate Irving, North Carolina State

 

Outside linebackers

Von Miller, Texas A&M
Justin Houston, Georgia*

Even when Miller was playing hobbled on a bad ankle, he was creating pressure and finished the season very strong. His goal-line presence against Oklahoma was memorable and defines how often he lived in the backfield. Houston has legitimate pass-rushing talent and great strength to leverage the run. 

Honorable mention:
Bruce Carter, North Carolina
Akeem Ayers, UCLA*
Sean Spence, Miami (Fla.)*

 

Cornerbacks

Patrick Peterson, LSU
Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

Peterson's physicality and game-breaking return ability has not been seen since the days of Charles Woodson. It's rare that a player can dominate the way that Peterson did this season. Big, physical and instinctive, Amukamara did everything he was asked to do by the Cornhuskers.  

Honorable mention:
Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.)*
Janoris Jenkins, Florida*
Cliff Harris, Oregon***
Omar Bolden, Arizona State*

 

Safeties

Eric Hagg, Nebraska
Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple

Hagg was an invaluable piece of Bo Pelini's defense and seldom left the field, making plays against the run and pass. What Jarrett might lack in foot quickness and athletic ability he compensated for with great instincts and football savvy.    

Honorable mention:
Mark Barron, Alabama*
Rahim Moore, UCLA*
Ahmad Black, Florida

 

Placekicker

Alex Henery, Nebraska

A little-known walk-on who finished his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, Henery broke nearly every Cornhuskers record. 

Honorable mention:
Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State

 

Punter

Drew Butler, Georgia*

The son of former Bears PK Kevin Butler very capably flipped the field and is one of the few specialists who could consider departing school early. 

Honorable mention:
Chas Henry, Florida

 

Return specialist

Cliff Harris, Oregon***

Returned four punts for TDs and was a threat every time he touched the ball. 

Honorable mention:
Patrick Peterson, LSU*

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