Blue Ribbon Conference Predictions

Originally Published: July 7, 2011
Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook

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Atlantic Coast Conference


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

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

All-ACC Team


Offense
WR: Conner Vernon, Duke
WR: Dwight Jones, North Carolina
OL: Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech
OL: Morgan Moses, Virginia
OL: Brandon Washington, Miami
OL: Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
OL: Dalton Freeman, Clemson
QB: Danny O'Brien, Maryland
RB: Montel Harris, Boston College
RB: David Wilson, Virginia Tech
TE: George Bryan, NC State

Defense
DL: Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
DL: Quinton Coples, North Carolina
DL: Joe Vellano, Maryland
DL: Marcus Fortson, Miami
LB: Luke Kuechly, Boston College
LB: Stan Spence, Miami
LB: Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
DB: Chase Minnifield, Virginia
DB: Jayron Holsey, Virginia Tech
DB: Rashard Hall, Clemson
DB: Ray Armstrong, Miami

Specialists
K: Will Snyderwine, Duke
KR: T.J. Graham, NC State
P: Shawn Powell, Florida State
PR: Tony Logan, Maryland

Offensive Player of the Year

Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

Defensive Player of the Year

Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

Newcomer of the Year

Charles Perkins, RB, Georgia Tech


Big 12 Conference


1. Oklahoma
2. Texas A&M Insider Free
3. Oklahoma State
4. Missouri
5. Texas
6. Baylor
7. Texas Tech
8. Iowa State
9. Kansas State
10. Kansas

All-Big 12 Team


Offense
WR: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR: Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
WR: Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
OL: Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
OL: Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State
OL: Lonnie Edwards, Texas Tech
OL: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
OL: Philip Blake, Baylor
QB: Landry Jones, Oklahoma
RB: Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
TE: Michael Egnew,Missouri

Defense
DL: Jacquies Smith, Missouri
DL: Kheeston Randall, Texas
DL: Eddie Brown, Texas A&M
DL: Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
LB: Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
LB: Emmanuel Acho, Texas
LB: Jake Knott, Iowa State
DB: Leonard Johnson, Iowa State
DB: Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
DB: Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
DB: Blake Gideon, Texas

Specialists
K: Grant Ressel, Missouri
KR: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
P: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
PR: Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

Offensive Player of the Year

Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma

Defensive Player of the Year

Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma

Newcomer of the Year

Quandre Diggs, CB/ATH, Texas


Big East Conference


1. West Virginia
2. USF Insider Free
3. Pittsburgh
4. Cincinnati
5. Syracuse
6. Connecticut
7. Rutgers
8. Louisville

All-Big East Team


Offense
WR: DJ Woods, Cincinnati
WR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia
OL: Mike Ryan, Connecticut
OL: Justin Pugh, Syracuse
OL: Moe Petrus, Connecticut
OL: Don Barclay, West Virginia
OL: Josh Jenkins, West Virginia
QB: Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
RB: Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
RB: Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
TE: Nick Provo, Syracuse

Defense
DL: Kendall Reyes, Connecticut
DL: Brandon Lindsey, Pittsburgh
DL: Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
DL: Chandler Jones, Syracuse
LB: Max Gruder, Pittsburgh
LB: J.K. Schaffer, Cincinnati
LB: Sio Moore, Connecticut
DB: Jarred Holley, Pittsburgh
DB: Hakeem Smith, Louisville
DB: Keith Tandy, West Virginia
DB: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut

Specialists
K: Dave Teggart, Connecticut
KR: Nick Williams, Connecticut
P: Pat O'Donnell, Cincinnati
PR: Terrence Mitchell, USF

Offensive Player of the Year

Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati

Defensive Player of the Year

Bruce Irvin, DL, West Virginia

Newcomer of the Year

Savon Huggins, RB, Rutgers


Big Ten Conference


Big Ten Leaders
1. Nebraska
2. Michigan State
3. Iowa
4. Northwestern
5. Michigan
6. Minnesota

Big Ten Legends
1. Wisconsin
2. Ohio State
3. Illinois
4. Penn State
5. Purdue
6. Indiana

All-Big Ten Team


Offense
WR: Derek Moye, Penn State
WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa
OL: Jeff Allen, Illinois
OL: Riley Reiff, Iowa
OL: Joel Foreman, Michigan State
OL: Ken Plue, Purdue
OL: Mike Brewster, Ohio State
QB: Denard Robinson, Michigan
RB: Edwin Baker, Michigan State
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
TE: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern

Defense
DL: Vince Browne, Northwestern
DL: Nathan Williams, Ohio State
DL: Jared Crick, Nebraska
DL: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
LB: Lavonte David, Nebraska
LB: Gary Tinsley, Minnesota
LB: Mike Taylor, Wisconsin
DB: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
DB: Shaun Prater, Iowa
DB: Aaron Henry, Wisconsin
DB: Brian Peters, Northwestern

Specialists
K: Derek Dimke, Illinois
KR: Troy Stoudermire, Minnesota
P: Brad Nortman, Wisconsin
PR: Keshawn Martin, Michigan State

Offensive Player of the Year

Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State

Defensive Player of the Year

Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska

Newcomer of the Year

Jamal Turner, WR, Nebraska


Conference USA


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

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

All-C-USA Team


Offense
WR: Damaris Johnson, Tulsa
WR: Patrick Edwards, Houston
WR: Lance Lewis, East Carolina
OL: Kelvin Beachum, Jr., SMU
OL: Matt McCants, UAB
OL: Chris Thompson, Houston
OL: Clint Anderson, Tulsa
OL: Tyler Holmes, Tulsa
QB: G.J. Kinne, Tulsa
RB: Bryce Beall, Houston
RB: Zach Line, SMU

Defense
DL: Vinny Curry, Marshall
DL: Taylor Thompson, SMU
DL: Elliott Henigan, UAB
DL: Darius Nall, UCF
LB: Ja'Gared Davis, SMU
LB: Trent Mackey, Tulane
LB: Marcus McGraw, Houston
DB: Kemal Ishmael, UCF
DB: Marco Nelson, Tulsa
DB: Josh Robinson, UCF
DB: Emmanuel Davis, East Carolina

Specialists
K: Danny Hrapmann, Southern Miss
KR: Quincy McDuffie, UCF
P: Kyle Martens. Rice
PR: Damaris Johnson, Tulsa

Offensive Player of the Year

G.J. Kinne, QB, Tulsa

Defensive Player of the Year

Vinny Curry, DL, Marshall

Newcomer of the Year

Reggie Bullock, RB, East Carolina


Independents


Blue Ribbon's Independents previews:
Army
Brigham Young
Navy
Notre Dame


Mid-American Conference


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

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

All-MAC Team


Offense
WR: Kamar Jorden, Bowling Green
WR: Jordan White, Western Michigan
OL: Scott Wedge, Northern Illinois
OL: Joe Pawlak, Northern Illinois
OL: Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio)
OL: Joe Flading, Ohio
OL: Dann O'Neill, Western Michigan
QB: Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
RB: Adonis Thomas, Toledo
RB: Bernard Pierce, Temple
TE: David Blackburn , Central Michigan

Defense
DL: Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
DL: Paul Hazel, Western Michigan
DL: Jason Semmes, Miami (Ohio)
DL: Steven Means, Buffalo
LB: Brian Wagner, Akron
LB: Dan Molls, Toledo
LB: Dwayne Wood, Bowling Green
DB: Sean Baker, Ball State
DB: Lewis Toler, Western Michigan
DB: D.J. Brown, Miami (Ohio)
DB: Jason Pinkston, Ball State

Specialists
K: Matt Weller, Ohio
KR: Eric Page, Toledo
P: Matt Rinehart, Kent State
PR: Eugene Cooper, Bowling Green

Offensive Player of the Year

Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois

Defensive Player of the Year

Sean Baker, DB, Ball State

Newcomer of the Year

Willie Snead, WR, Ball State


Mountain West Conference


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

All-Mountain West Team


Offense
WR: Phillip Payne, UNLV
WR: Josh Boyce, TCU
OL: Thomas Byrd, Boise State
OL: Nate Potter, Boise State
OL: Paul Madsen, Colorado State
OL: Kyle Dooley, TCU
OL: A.J. Wallerstein, Air Force
QB: Kellen Moore, Boise State
RB: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
RB: Doug Martin, Boise State
TE: Lucas Reed, New Mexico

Defense
DL: Shea McClellin, Boise State
DL: Josh Biezuns, Wyoming
DL: Billy Winn, Boise State
DL: Stansly Maponga, TCU
LB: Tanner Brock, TCU
LB: Tank Carder, TCU
LB: Miles Burris, San Diego State
DB: Leon McFadden, San Diego State
DB: Tashaun Gipson, Wyoming
DB: Jon Davis, Air Force
DB: George Iloka, Boise State

Specialists
K: Ross Evans, TCU
KR: Jonathan Warzeka, Air Force
P: Brian Stahovich, San Diego State
PR: Chris Potter, Boise State

Offensive Player of the Year

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

Defensive Player of the Year

Tank Carder, LB, TCU

Newcomer of the Year

LaDarius Brown, WR, TCU


Pacific-12 Conference


Pac-12 North
1. Stanford Insider Free
2. Oregon
3. Washington
4. California
5. Oregon State
6. Washington State

Pac-12 South
1. Arizona State Insider Free
2. USC
3. Arizona
4. Utah
5. UCLA
6. Colorado

All-Pac-10 Team


Offense
WR: Juron Criner, Arizona
WR: Jermaine Kearse, Washington
OL: Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OL: David DeCastro, Stanford
OL: Mitchell Schwartz, Cal
OL: Ryan Miller, Colorado
OL: Garth Gerhart, Arizona State
QB: Andrew Luck, Stanford
RB: LaMichael James, Oregon
RB: Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
TE: David Paulson, Oregon


Defense
DL: Junior Onyeali, Arizona State
DL: Justin Washington, Arizona
DL: Matt Masifilo, Stanford
DL: Alameda Ta'amu, Washington
LB: Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
LB: Mychal Kendricks, Cal
LB: Shayne Skov, Stanford
DB: Omar Bolden, Arizona State
DB: Cliff Harris, Oregon
DB: Delano Howell, Stanford
DB: T.J. McDonald, USC

Specialists
K: Rob Beard, Oregon
KR: Robert Woods, USC
P: Bryan Anger, Cal
PR: Cliff Harris, Oregon

Offensive Player of the Year

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Defensive Player of the Year

Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State


Newcomer of the Year

DeAnthony Thomas, ATH, Oregon


Southeastern Conference


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

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

All-SEC Team


Offense
WR: Greg Childs, Arkansas
WR: Alshon Jeffer, South Carolina
OL: Barrett Jones, Alabama
OL: Larry Warford, Kentucky
OL: William Vlachos, Alabama
OL: Cordy Glenn, Georgia
OL: Bradley Sowell, Ole Miss
QB: Aaron Murray, Georgia
RB: Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
RB: Knile Davis, Arkansas
TE: Orson Charles Georgia

Defense
DL: Devin Taylor, South Carolina
DL: Malik Jackson, Tennessee
DL: Jake Bequette, Arkansas
DL: Kentrell Lockett, Ole Miss
LB: Danny Trevathan, Kentucky
LB: Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
LB: Jerry Franklin, Arkansas
DB: Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
DB: Morris Claiborne, LSU
DB: Mark Barron, Alabama
DB: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina

Specialists
K: Blair Walsh, Georgia
KR: Andre Dubose, Florida
P: Drew Butler, Georgia
PR: Joe Adams, Arkansas

Offensive Player of the Year

Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

Defensive Player of the Year

Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

Newcomer of the Year

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Georgia


Sun Belt Conference


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

All-Sun Belt Team


Offense
WR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU
WR: Dwayne Frampton, Arkansas State
OL: James Brown, Troy
OL: Ryan McCaul, ULM
OL: Tom Castilaw, Arkansas State
OL: Preston Bailey, Middle Tennessee
OL: Wes Jeffries, Western Kentucky
QB: Corey Robinson, Troy
RB: Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky
RB: Lance Dunbar, North Texas Texas
TE: Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette

Defense
DL: J. Massaquoi, Troy
DL: Dorvus Woods, Arkansas State
DL: Joshua Forney, FIU
DL: Tourek Williams, FIU
LB: Cameron Blakes, ULM
LB: Winston Fraser, FIU
LB: Demario Davis, Arkansas State
DB: Darron Edwards, Arkansas State
DB: Darius Prelow, ULM
DB: Jonathan Cyprien, FIU
DB: Marcus Bartels, FAU

Specialists
K: Alan Gendreau, Middle Tennessee
KR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU
P: Mickey Groody, FAU
PR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU



Offensive Player of the Year

T.Y. Hilton, WR, FIU

Defensive Player of the Year

Jonathan Massaquoi, DL, Troy

Newcomer of the Year

Brynden Trawick, SS, Troy


Western Athletic Conference


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

All-WAC Team


Offense
WR: Rishard Matthews, Nevada
WR: Royce Pollard, Hawaii
OL: Bryce Harris, Fresno State
OL: Chris Barker, Nevada
OL: Aundre McGaskey, New Mexico State
OL: Tyrone Novikoff, Idaho
OL: Tyler Larsen, Utah State
QB: Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
RB: Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech
RB: Robbie Rouse, Fresno State
TE: Ryan Otten, San Jose State

Defense
DL: Logan Harrell, Fresno State
DL: Kaniela Tuipulotu, Hawaii
DL: Matt Broha, Louisiana Tech
DL: Adrien Cole, Louisiana. Tech
LB: Travis Brown, Fresno State
LB: James-Michael Johnson, Nevada
LB: Bobby Wagner, Utah State
LB: Keith Smith, San Jose State
DB: Isaiah Frey, Nevada
DB: Donyae Coleman, New Mexico State
DB: Chad Boyd, Louisiana Tech
DB: Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

Specialists
K: Kevin Goessling, Fresno State
KR: Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State
P: Bobby Cowan, Idaho
PR: Rishard Matthews, Nevada

Offensive Player of the Year

Bryant Moniz, QB, Hawaii

Defensive Player of the Year

Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State

Newcomer of the Year

Kemonte Bateman, WR, New Mexico 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.