This week, Sporting News magazine will name its college football award winners. Here's a look at SN's 2008 All-American First Team (to see the second team, click here):
RB Shonn Greene, Jr., Iowa. When Greene is the first running back taken in the NFL draft, you'll swear you watched all 13 Iowa games this season.
RB Donald Brown, Jr., Connecticut. UConn's passing game: four touchdowns, 17 interceptions. And Brown still led the nation in rushing.
WR Michael Crabtree, Soph., Texas Tech. The most skilled, dangerous wide receiver in the nation -- just ask Texas -- and a future star on Sundays.
WR Dez Bryant, Soph., Oklahoma State. Still raw in the technical aspects of the position but makes the unthinkable routine.
|SN's 2008 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS|
| All-American First Team|
| All-American Second Team|
| All-Freshman Team|
|Best by conference|
TE Jermaine Gresham, Jr., Oklahoma. A nightmare matchup for defenses and Bradford's go-to receiver when the Sooners need to make something happen.
T Michael Oher, Sr., Mississippi. Still learning the position and loaded with potential, he'll be a fixture for some lucky NFL team.
G Duke Robinson, Sr., Oklahoma. Big and nasty, and like most on the Sooners' fine line, a natural run blocker.
C Antoine Caldwell, Sr., Alabama. Smart and intense with a road-grading mentality. In other words, the perfect combination at center.
G Brandon Carter, Jr., Texas Tech. Don't let the crazy stares fool you; there are few more dedicated to the little things that evolve into the big things.
T Andre Smith, Jr., Alabama. Engulfs anything on the other side of the line in pass-protection situations.
K Louie Sakoda, Sr., Utah. Could've made this team as a punter, too; handles punts, field goals and kickoffs.
KR Michael Ray Garvin, Sr., Florida State. Easiest coaching duty: Find a world-class sprinter and put him on kick returns.
DE Brian Orakpo, Sr., Texas. Once a year, we get a defensive player worthy of Heisman Trophy consideration. Here he is.
DT Terrence Cody, Jr., Alabama. Mount Cody, a 380-pounder, was the reason Alabama went from good to great on defense.
DT Gerald McCoy, Soph., Oklahoma. Two years ago, he was lazy and didn't work hard enough. Now look at him -- all grown up and controlling the interior.
DE Jerry Hughes, Jr., TCU. A former high school tailback who developed into the best pass rusher in the game.
LB Brandon Spikes, Jr., Florida. A big hitter who thrives in passing situations--both blitzing and in coverage.
LB Rey Maualuga, Sr., USC. The meanest player in the game; his once-chaotic style is much more controlled and fluid now.
LB James Laurinaitis, Sr., Ohio State. Three All-American years, and very little has changed: He's fast, he's versatile and he's always around the ball.
CB D.J. Moore, Jr., Vanderbilt. Has come a long way since his 2006 freshman season, when experienced SEC quarterbacks picked him apart.
CB Victor Harris, Sr., Virginia Tech. The flamboyant "Macho" has toned down the act and eliminated flaws in his game.
S Eric Berry, Soph., Tennessee. Has terrific instincts and breaks quickly on the ball -- plus, he finds the end zone after an interception.
S Taylor Mays, Jr., USC. A freak of physical ability; one of USC's three fastest players and its biggest hitter.
P T.J. Conley, Sr., Idaho. No position is more about numbers, and Conley's 47.4 yards per punt is ridiculous.
PR Brandon James, Jr., Florida. A diminutive sparkplug who takes big hits and has big moves.
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