2013-14 CBSSports.com All-Bowl Team

By J. Darin Darst | CBSSports.com Staff Writer

LSU's Jeremy Hill runs all over Iowa to earn a spot on the All-Bowl Team. (USATSI)
LSU's Jeremy Hill runs all over Iowa to earn a spot on the All-Bowl Team. (USATSI)

After 35 bowl games -- from the New Mexico Bowl to the BCS championship -- it's time to honor the best of the best with the 2013-14 CBSSports.com All-Bowl Team.

Offense

QB -- Trevor Knight, Oklahoma, Sugar Bowl: By far the toughest selection on the All-Bowl Team. Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Tajh Boyd all could have earned spots here, but I'm going with Knight. The redshirt freshman played the game of his life against the Crimson Tide, throwing for 348 yards on 32-of-44 passing with four touchdowns. Not bad for a kid who had only 90 passing attempts coming into the game and the task of playing a top-five defense, which many thought would dominate the Sooners.

RB -- Tre Mason, Auburn, BCS championship: Like Jeremy Fowler said, despite being on the losing side, Mason was the best player on the field in the BCS championship game. He ran for 195 yards on 34 carries, including a fantastic 37-yard touchdown to give Auburn the lead with 1:19 remainng.

RB -- Jeremy Hill, LSU, Outback Bowl: Hill was a beast in the Outback Bowl, rushing for 216 yards and two touchdowns. With LSU clinging to a 14-7 lead over Iowa late in the fourth quarter, Hill made sure LSU wasn't going to lose. He had four carries for 87 yards on the final drive, including a 37-yard score.

WR -- Sammy Watkins, Clemson, Orange Bowl: Was there anything Watkins couldn't do against Ohio State? He set bowl records with 16 catches for 227 yards while also recording two touchdowns in the victory. His leaping touchdown grab over Doran Grant was the highlight of the game.

WR -- Bruce Ellington, South Carolina, Capital One Bowl: Ellington had only six catches but they were for a career-high 140 yards with two touchdowns. If that wasn't enough, he made an amazing one-handed grab on fourth down to keep the drive alive in the third quarter. But the play of the day was when Ellington threw a touchdown pass to Connor Show on a reverse pass.

TE -- Gator Hoskins, Marshall, Military Bowl: In his final collegiate game, Hoskins had six catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Maryland.

OL -- Torrian Wilson (LT), Jordan McCray (LG), Joey Grant (C), Justin McCray (RG), Chris Martin (RT), Central Florida, Fiesta Bowl: I have to honor the entire Knights' offensive line for what it did against Baylor, a 17½-point favorite. The Bears came into the game with 32 sacks and a top-30 defense, but the Knights OL didn't allow a sack and opened up the holes all night for Storm Johnson and Blake Bortles to combine for 217 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Kyler Elsworth celebrates after Michigan State beats Stanford in the Rose Bowl. (USATSI)
Kyler Elsworth celebrates after Michigan State beats Stanford in the Rose Bowl. (USATSI)

Defense

DE -- Jason Ankrah, Nebraska, Gator Bowl: The senior had five tackles, including two sacks, and a forced fumble in the victory over Georgia in the Gator Bowl.

DT -- Taylor Hart, Oregon, Alamo Bowl: Hart had a strong game in the victory over Texas, recording 11 tackles and putting pressure on Case McCoy all night.

DT -- Issac Gross, Ole Miss, Music City Bowl: Gross led the defense against Georgia Tech with eight tackles, including three for loss. He anchored a defensive line that held the Yellow Jackets to just 151 yards rushing on 49 carries (3.1 yard per carry).

DE -- Hau'oli Kikaha, Washington, Fight Hunger Bowl: The junior recorded nine tackles, three sacks and forced a fumble in Washington's victory over BYU.

LB -- Eric Striker, Oklahoma, Sugar Bowl: He had seven tackles, including three sacks, but his biggest play of the night was stripping AJ McCarron and forcing a fumble to clinch the victory for the Sooners.

LB -- Kyler Elsworth, Michigan State, Rose Bowl: Despite recording only four tackles, Elsworth made of the best plays of the bowl season. Starting for the suspended Max Bullough, Elsworth stopped Stanford fullback Ryan Hewitt on fourth-and-1 to clinch the victory for the Spartans.

LB -- Jake Fischer, Arizona, AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Fischer led the Arizona defense against Boston College with 14 tackles, nine solo, one sack and 1½ tackles for a loss in the 42-19 victory.

CB -- Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State, Hawaii Bowl: Reynolds probably had one of the best individual performances of the entire bowl season with 10 tackles, eight solo and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. He scored on a 3-yard fumble return and a 70-yarder in his final game for Oregon State.

CB -- P.J. Williams, Florida State, BCS championship: The defensive MVP of the title game recorded seven tackles, but it was his interception that was key in the victory. At the start of the fourth quarter, Williams intercepted Nick Marshall, which ended up leading to a Seminoles touchdown to cut the lead to 21-20.

S -- Derron Smith, Fresno State, Las Vegas: Despite being on the losing end against Southern California, Smith had a tremendous game with 18 tackles, including 11 solo and an interception.

S -- Brian Suite, Utah State, Poinsettia: One of the stars in the victory over Northern Illinois, Suite had 11 tackles, seven solo, one fumble recovery and an interception.

Levonte Whitfield's kickoff return helped Florida State get back into the game against Auburn. (USATSI)
Levonte Whitfield's kickoff return helped Florida State get back into the game against Auburn. (USATSI)

Special Teams

K -- Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame, Pinstripe: Brindza almost beat Rutgers on his own, hitting five field goals (21, 38, 26, 25 and 49 yards) in the 29-16 victory.

P -- Steven Clark, Auburn, BCS championship: Clark did what he could for Auburn, knocking five of his six punts inside the 20-yard line. It caused trouble for Florida State most of the night as it was forced to start drives on its 2, 6, 9, 19 and 4 yard lines.

KR -- Levonte Whitfield, Florida State, BCS championship: Whitfield's 100-yard kickoff return gave the Seminoles their first lead of the second half -- 27-24 with 4:31 left in the game.

PR -- Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, Belk Bowl: Switzer capped a fantastic freshman season in the Belk Bowl, returning a punt for an 86-yard touchdown -- his NCAA record-tying fifth punt return for a TD this season.

All-Purpose -- Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, Buffalo Wild Wings: Lockett ended up with 194 yards of offense, including 116 receiving and three touchdowns. Lockett also had two huge kick returns that set up his own touchdowns. He had a 40-yard return which set up his 29-yard TD reception and then had a 34-yard kickoff return, which set up his 8-yard TD reception.

 
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