Blue Ribbon Conference Predictions

Originally Published: July 1, 2010
Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook

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Atlantic Coast Conference


ACC Atlantic
1. Florida State
2. Clemson
3. Boston College Insider Free
4. NC State
5. Maryland
6. Wake Forest

ACC Coastal
1. Georgia Tech
2. Virginia Tech
3. North Carolina Insider Free
4. Miami
5. Duke
6. Virginia

All-ACC Team


Offense
WR: Donovan Varner, Duke
WR: Torrey Smith, Maryland
OL: Rodney Hudson, Florida State
OL: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
OL: Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech
OL: Chris Hairston, Clemson
OL: Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech
QB: Joshua Nesbitt, Georgia Tech
RB: Montel Harris, Boston College
RB: Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
TE: George Bryan, NC State

Defense
DL: Robert Quinn, North Carolina
DL: Marvin Austin, North Carolina
DL: Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
DL: Allen Bailey, Miami
LB: Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
LB: Luke Kuechly, Boston College
LB: Alex Wujciak, Maryland
DB: Brandon Harris, Miami
DB: Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
DB: Deunta Williams, North Carolina
DB: Kendric Burney, North Carolina
DB: DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson

Specialists
K: Matt Bosher, Miami
KR: T.J. Graham, NC State
P: Travis Baltz, Maryland
PR: Greg Reid, Florida State

Offensive Player of the Year

Joshua Nesbitt, QB, Georgia Tech

Defensive Player of the Year

Robert Quinn, DL, North Carolina

Newcomer of the Year

Mustafa Greene, RB, NC State


Big 12 Conference


Big 12 North
1. Nebraska
2. Missouri
3. Colorado Insider Free
4. Kansas
5. Kansas State
6. Iowa State

Big 12 South
1. Oklahoma
2. Texas
3. Texas A&M
4. Oklahoma State
5. Texas Tech Insider Free
6. Baylor

All-Big 12 Team


Offense
WR: Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
WR: Kendall Wright, Baylor
OL: Nate Solder, Colorado
OL: Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
OL: Wade Weibert, Kansas State
OL: Danny Watkins, Baylor
OL: Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas
QB: Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M
RB: Roy Helu, Jr., Nebraska
RB: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
TE: Mike McNeill, Nebraska

Defense
DL: Jared Crick, Nebraska
DL: Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
DL: Aldon Smith, Missouri
DL: Sam Acho, Texas
LB: Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
LB: Will Compton, Nebraska
LB: Von Miller, Texas A&M
DB: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
DB: Curtis Brown, Texas
DB: Blake Gideon, Texas
DB: Quinton Carter, Oklahoma

Specialists
K: Grant Ressel, Missouri
KR: D.J. Monroe, Texas
P: Derek Epperson, Baylor
PR: Niles Paul, Nebraska

Offensive Player of the Year

Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M

Defensive Player of the Year

Jared Crick, DL, Nebraska

Newcomer of the Year

Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma


Big East Conference


1. West Virginia
2. Pitt
3. Connecticut
4. Cincinnati Insider Free
5. Rutgers
6. South Florida
7. Louisville
8. Syracuse

All-Big East Team


Offense
WR: Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
WR: Armon Binns, Cincinnati
OL: Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh
OL: Jason Kelce, Cincinnati
OL: Zach Hurd, Connecticut
OL: Alex Hoffman, Cincinnati
OL: Sampson Genus, South Florida
QB: B.J. Daniels, South Florida
RB: Noel Devine, West Virginia
RB: Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh
TE: Ben Guidugli, Cincinnati

Defense
DL: Chris Neild, West Virginia
DL: Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh
DL: Jonathan Freeny, Rutgers
DL: Greg Lloyd, Connecticut
LB: Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut
LB: J.T. Thomas, West Virginia
LB: Max Gruder, Pittsburgh
DB: Brandon Hogan, West Virginia
DB: Robert Sands, West Virginia
DB: Dom DeCicco, Pittsburgh
DB: Mike Holmes, Syracuse

Specialists
K: Tyler Bitancurt, West Virginia
KR: Cameron Saddler, Pittsburgh
P: Rob Long, Syracuse
PR: Jock Sanders, West Virginia

Offensive Player of the Year

Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia

Defensive Player of the Year

Greg Romeus, DL, Pittsburgh

Newcomer of the Year

Vidal Hazelton, WR, Cincinnati


Big Ten Conference


1. Ohio State
2. Iowa Free
3. Wisconsin
4. Penn State
5. Michigan State
6. Northwestern
7. Michigan
8. Purdue
9. Illinois
10. Minnesota
11. Indiana

All-Big Ten Team


Offense
WR: Keith Smith, Purdue
WR: Tandon Doss, Indiana
OL: Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
OL: Justin Boren, Ohio State
OL: John Moffitt, Wisconsin
OL: Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
OL: Mike Brewster, Ohio State
QB: Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
RB: John Clay, Wisconsin
RB: Evan Royster, Penn State
TE: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern

Defense
DL: Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
DL: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
DL: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
DL: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
LB: Greg Jones, Michigan State
LB: Ross Homan, Ohio State
LB: Jeremiha Hunter, Iowa
DB: Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
DB: Tyler Sash, Iowa
DB: Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
DB: Devin Smith, Wisconsin

Specialists
K: Stefan Demos, Northwestern
KR: Troy Stoudermire, Minnesota
P: Ryan Donahue, Iowa
PR: Keyshawn Martin, Michigan State

Offensive Player of the Year

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State

Defensive Player of the Year

Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

Newcomer of the Year

Robert Marve, QB, Purdue


Conference USA


C-USA East
1. UCF Insider Free
2. Southern Miss
3. East Carolina
4. Marshall
5. UAB
6. Memphis

C-USA West
1. Houston
2. Tulsa
3. SMU
4. UTEP
5. Rice
6. Tulane

All-C-USA Team


Offense
WR: Dwayne Harris, East Carolina
WR: James Cleveland, Houston
OL: Jah Reid, UCF
OL: Jarve Dean, Houston
OL: Scott Mitchell, Rice
OL: Kelvin Beachum, Jr., SMU
OL: Tyler Holmes, Tulsa
QB: Case Keenum, Houston
RB: Donald Buckram, UTEP
RB: Brynn Harvey, UCF
TE: Lee Smith, Marshall

Defense
DL: Bruce Miller, UCF
DL: Scott Solomon, Rice
DL: Elliott Henigan, UAB
DL: Cory Dorris, Tulsa
LB: Marcus McGraw, Houston
LB: Korey Williams, Southern Miss
LB: Mario Harvey, Marshall
DB: Emanuel Davis, East Carolina
DB: Josh Robinson, UCF
DB: Jamal Robinson, Houston
DB: Hiram Atwater, UAB

Specialists
K: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Tulsa
KR: Tyron Carrier, Houston
P: Michael Such, Tulsa
PR: Damaris Johnson, Tulsa

Offensive Player of the Year

Case Keenum, QB, Houston

Defensive Player of the Year

Bruce Miller, DL, UCF

Newcomer of the Year

Matangi Tonga, DL, Houston


Independents


Blue Ribbon's Independents previews:
Army Free
Navy Free
Notre Dame


Mid-American Conference


MAC East
1. Ohio
2. Temple Free
3. Kent State
4. Bowling Green
5. Buffalo
6. Akron
7. Miami (Ohio)

MAC West
1. Northern Illinois
2. Western Michigan
3. Central Michigan
4. Toledo
5. Ball State
6. Eastern Michigan

All-MAC Team


Offense
WR: Eric Page, Toledo
WR: LaVon Brazill, Ohio
OL: Peter Bittner, Buffalo
OL: Joe Flading, Ohio
OL: Darius Morris, Temple
OL: Colin Madison, Temple
OL: Colin Miller, Central Michigan
QB: Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
RB: Bernard Pierce, Temple
RB: Chad Spann, Northern Illinois
TE: Danny Noble, Toledo

Defense
DL: Adrian Robinson, Temple
DL: Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
DL: Monte Simmons, Kent State
DL: Sean Murnane, Central Michigan
LB: Cobrani Mixon, Kent State
LB: Noah Keller, Ohio
LB: Brian Wagner, Akron
DB: Brian Lainhart, Kent State
DB: Davonte Shannon, Buffalo
DB: Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
DB: Domonic Cook, Buffalo

Specialists
K: Matt Weller, Ohio
KR: James Nixon, Temple
P: Matt Rinehart, Kent State
PR: LaVon Brazill, Ohio

Offensive Player of the Year

Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

Defensive Player of the Year

Noah Keller, LB, Ohio

Newcomer of the Year

Kenny Ashley, RB, Ohio


Mountain West Conference


1. TCU
2. Utah
3. BYU
4. Air Force Insider Free
5. Wyoming
6. San Diego State
7. Colorado State
8. New Mexico
9. UNLV

All-Mountain West Team


Offense
WR: David Leonard, Wyoming
WR: Vincent Brown, San Diego State
OL: Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU
OL: Marcus Cannon, TCU
OL: Matt Reynolds, BYU
OL: Zane Taylor, Utah
OL: Caleb Schlauderaff, Utah
QB: Andy Dalton, TCU
RB: Eddie Wide, Utah
RB: Jared Tew, Air Force
TE: Lucas Reed, New Mexico

Defense
DL: Wayne Daniels, TCU
DL: Johnathan Rainey, New Mexico
DL: Sealver Siliga, Utah
DL: Cory Grant, TCU
LB: Carmen Messina, New Mexico
LB: Tank Carder, TCU
LB: Brian Hendricks, Wyoming
DB: Reggie Rembert, Air Force
DB: Tejay Johnson, TCU
DB: Andrew Rich, BYU
DB: Chris Prosinski, Wyoming

Specialists
K: Ross Evans, TCU
KR: Jeremy Kerley, TCU
P: Brian Stahovic, San Diego State
PR: Jeremy Kerley, TCU

Offensive Player of the Year

Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

Defensive Player of the Year

Tank Carder, LB, TCU

Newcomer of the Year

Jake Heaps, QB, BYU


Pacific-10 Conference


1. USC
2. Washington
3. Stanford
4. Oregon State Insider Free
5. Oregon
6. California
7. Arizona
8. UCLA
9. Arizona State
10. Washington State

All-Pac-10 Team


Offense
WR: Jermaine Kearse, Washington
WR: James Rodgers, Oregon State
OL: Adam Grant, Arizona
OL: David DeCastro , Stanford
OL: Kris O'Dowd, USC
OL: Colin Baxter, Arizona
OL: Mitchell Schwartz, California
QB: Jake Locker, Washington
RB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
RB: LaMichael James, Oregon
TE: Anthony Miller, California


Defense
DL: Ricky Elmore, Arizona
DL: Stephen Paea, Oregon State
DL: Jurrell Casey, USC
DL: Kenny Rowe, Oregon
LB: Akeem Ayers, UCLA
LB: Mike Mohamed, California
LB: Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
DB: Desmond Trufant, Washington
DB: Trevin Wade, Arizona
DB: John Boyett, Oregon
DB: Rahim Moore, UCLA

Specialists
K: Kai Forbath, UCLA
KR: Chris Owusu, Stanford
P: Bryan Anger, California
PR: William Wright, Arizona

Offensive Player of the Year

Jake Locker, QB, Washington

Defensive Player of the Year

Rahim Moore, DB, UCLA


Southeastern Conference


SEC East
1. Florida
2. South Carolina
3. Georgia Free
4. Tennessee
5. Kentucky
6. Vanderbilt

SEC West
1. Alabama
2. Auburn
3. LSU
4. Arkansas
5. Ole Miss Free
6. Mississippi State

All-SEC Team


Offense
WR: A.J. Green, Georgia
WR: Julio Jones, Alabama
OL: Mike Pouncey, Florida
OL: Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
OL: Lee Ziemba, Auburn
OL: Clint Bowling, Georgia
OL: Barrett Jones, Alabama
QB: Ryan Mallet, Arkansas
RB: Mark Ingram, Alabama
RB: Derrick Locke, Kentucky
TE: D.J. Williams, Arkansas

Defense
DL: Cliff Matthews, South Carolina
DL: Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State
DL: Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
DL: Marcell Dareus, Alabama
LB: Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
LB: Josh Bynes, Auburn
LB: Chris Marve, Vanderbilt
DB: Mark Barron, Alabama
DB: Patrick Peterson, LSU
DB: Janoris Jenkins, Florida
DB: Janzen Jackson, Tennessee

Specialists
K: Blair Walsh, Georgia
KR: Warren Norman, Vanderbilt
P: Drew Butler, Georgia
PR: Randall Cobb, Kentucky

Offensive Player of the Year

Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas

Defensive Player of the Year

Patrick Peterson, DB, LSU

Newcomer of the Year

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn


Sun Belt Conference


1. Middle Tennessee Insider Free
2. Troy
3. Louisiana-Lafayette
4. Arkansas State
5. Florida Atlantic
6. Louisiana-Monroe
7. FIU
8. North Texas
9. Western Kentucky

All-Sun Belt Team


Offense
WR: Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
WR: Jamaal Jackson, North Texas
OL: Tyler Clark, Troy
OL: Esteban Santiago, North Texas
OL: Brad Serini, FIU
OL: Derek Newton, Arkansas State
OL: Mark Fisher, Middle Tennessee
QB: Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee
RB: Alfred Morris, Florida Atlantic
RB: Lance Dunbar, North Texas
TE: Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette

Defense
DL: Jamari Lattimore, Middle Tennessee
DL: Bryan Hall, Arkansas State
DL: Kevin Cyrille, Florida Atlantic
DL: Troy Evans, Louisiana-Monroe
LB: Craig Robertson, North Texas
LB: Grant Fleming, Louisiana-Lafayette
LB: Michael Lockley, Florida Atlantic
DB: Jeremy Kellem, Middle Tennessee
DB: Anthony Gaitor, FIU
DB: Bryan Willis, Troy
DB: Marcus Bartels, Florida Atlantic

Specialists
K: Alan Gendreau, Middle Tennessee
KR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU
P: Spencer Ortego, Louisiana-Lafayette
PR: Jason Frierson, FIU



Offensive Player of the Year

Dwight Dasher, QB, Middle Tennessee

Defensive Player of the Year

Jeremy Kellem, DB, Middle Tennessee

Newcomer of the Year

Aaron Spikes, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette


Western Athletic Conference


1. Boise State
2. Nevada
3. Fresno State
4. Louisiana Tech
5. Hawaii
6. Idaho Insider Free
7. Utah State
8. New Mexico State
9. San Jose State

All-WAC Team


Offense
WR: Austin Pettis, Boise State
WR: Greg Salas, Hawaii
OL: Andrew Jackson, Fresno State
OL: Kenny Wiggins, Fresno State
OL: Robert McGill, Louisiana Tech
OL: Nate Potter, Boise State
OL: John Bender, Nevada
QB: Kellen Moore, Boise State
RB: Vai Taua, Nevada
RB: Robert Turpin, Utah State
TE: Virgil Green, Nevada

Defense
DL: Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State
DL: Chris Carter, Fresno State
DL: Dontay Moch, Nevada
DL: Ben Jacobs, Fresno State
LB: Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech
LB: James-Michael Johnson, Nevada
LB: Bobby Wagner, Utah State
DB: Shiloh Keo, Idaho
DB: Davon House, New Mexico State
DB: Jeron Johnson, Boise State
DB: Mana Silva, Hawaii

Specialists
K: Kevin Goessling, Fresno State
KR: Titus Young, Boise State
P: Peter Caldwell, Utah State
PR: Devon Wylie, Fresno State

Offensive Player of the Year

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

Defensive Player of the Year

Dontay Moch, DL, Nevada

Newcomer of the Year

Matt Austin, WR, Utah State

Editor's Note: ESPN Insider has teamed with Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook to provide a comprehensive look at all 120 FBS teams. To order the complete 2010 edition of Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook, visit www.blueribbonyearbookonline.com or call 1-877-807-4857 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern.