Posted: 9:00 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013
By A.J Black
It's time to start talking 2013 college football. As part of SB Nation's goal of integrating the vast number of blogs on the network, they asked each of us to vote for our 2013 Preseason All Americans, Heisman Finalists an Coaches of the Year. Because of my work on college football this year, Brian & Jeff graciously gave me the vote. Here is my ballot:
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Running Back: Todd Gurley, Georgia
Running Back: Ka'deem Carey, Arizona
WR/TE/RB: Austin Seferian Jenkins, Washington
WR: Marqise Lee, USC
WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Center: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Guard: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
Guard: Xavier Sua-Filo, Florida State
Tackle: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Tackle: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M;
Defensive End: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Defensive End: Stephen Pruitt, Notre Dame
Defensive Tackle: Louis Nix, Notre Dame
Defensive Tackle: Will Sutton, Arizona State
Outside LB: Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Outside LB: Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
Inside LB: CJ Mosley, Alabama
Cornerback: Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Cornerback: Jason Verrett, TCU
Safety: HaHa Clinton Dix, Alabama
Safety: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
Kicker: Cairo Santos, Tulane
Punter: Kyle Joyner, Florida
Returner: Dri Archer, Kent State
All Purpose Player: De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Those are my selections for All American. Quarterback was definitely one of the hardest for me to select, mainly because there are so many good QB's in the SEC (Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel). However looking at Ohio State's schedule, they have a pretty easy schedule, and Miller could put up some huge numbers.
I struggled a bit figuring out who to put on the offensive line. Just watching a team play on television is not usually sufficient to judge a lineman because the cameramen are usually following the ball. So I came up with a little plan, I looked up a bunch of other Preseason All Americans and picked players on teams that have had solid offenses in the past, especially running the ball.
Finally, I put Kevin Pierre-Louis on there, because I had to represent BC somehow and I think he could have a huge year in Don Brown's system if he can stay healthy.
Now on to more awards:
Coach Of The Year: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Defensive Coach Of The Year: Kirby Smart, Alabama
Offensive Coach Of The Year: Mike Bobo, Georgia
Heisman Third Place; Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Heisman Second Place: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Heisman Winner:Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
I think this is going to be a close race this year, but Louisville could easily undefeated given their cupcake schedule, which will lead Bridgewater to the coveted trophy.
Agree? Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comments.