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Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 4:00 pm

We made it.

After more than four months of college football and 100s of games, the season has finally come to an end. And after watching 35 bowl games over a three-week period (raise your hand if you saw at least part of every bowl game), it's time to remember some of the great individual performances of the past month.

Here are the best in this year's All-Bowl Team:

QB: Andrew Luck, Stanford, Orange Bowl: He had a tremendous performance against Virginia Tech, throwing for 287 yards with four touchdowns, including three in the second half to blow open a 14-13 game at halftime. Luck almost had the perfect game, completing 18 of 23 passes. Luck is joined by a few others on this team that helped him have such a special game.

RB: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, Poinsettia Bowl: The freshman ran for 228 yards on 28 carries to lead the Aztecs to their first bowl victory since 1969. Hillman had four touchdowns, scoring on runs of 1, 22 and 37 yards, while also catching a 15-yard touchdown reception.

RB: Marcus Coker, Iowa, Insight Bowl: The freshman was filling in for suspended starter Adam Robinson and ran for 219 yards on 33 carries with two touchdowns in the victory over Missouri in the Insight Bowl. Coker scored on runs of 1 and 62 yards.

WR: Marcus Sales, Syracuse, Pinstripe Bowl: The junior had a career game, catching five passes for 172 yards with three touchdowns. He scored on catches of 52, 36 and 44 yards as Syracuse holds on to beat Kansas State 36-34.

WR: Terrence Toliver, LSU, Cotton Bowl: Jordan Jefferson threw for only 158 yards, but 112 of it came at the hands of Toliver. The wide receiver also had three touchdowns, scoring on passes of 42, 2 and 41 yards in the win over Texas A&M.

TE: Coby Fleener, Stanford, Orange Bowl: The backup tight end had a career game against Virginia Tech, catching six passes for 173 yards with three second-half touchdowns.

OL: (tie) Drew Schaefer, Colin Porter, Cody Habben, Senio Kelemete and Ryan Tolar, Washington, Holiday Bowl and Chase Beeler, Dave DeCastro, Derek Hall, Jonathan Martin and Andrew Phillips, Stanford, Orange Bowl: This was too close to call. Washington's offensive line racked up 268 yards rushing against Nebraska's great run defense, including Chris Polk's 177 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, Stanford had its way with Virginia Tech's defensive line, opening up huge holes for the running game and giving Luck time to throw.


DL: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State, Sugar Bowl: Heyward had a strong performance against Arkansas, recording six tackles with two sacks and forcing a fumble in the win over Arkansas.

DL: Nick Fairley, Auburn, BCS National Championship: In one of the biggest performances of the bowl season, Fairley shut down the Oregon running game, while recording five tackles, three for a loss and forcing a fumble.

DL: Bruce Miller, UCF, Liberty Bowl: The senior went out with a bang, recording eight tackles and 1.5 sacks, helping the Knights hold Georgia to just six points in the Liberty Bowl.

DL: Jake Coffman, Northern Illinois, Humanitarian: Coffman had a game for the ages, recording six tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss and forcing a fumble in the 40-17 against Fresno State.

LB: Shayne Skov, Stanford, Orange Bowl: The sophomore was all over the field against Virginia Tech, recording 12 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for a loss.

LB: Curnelius Arnick, Tulsa, Hawaii Bowl: Arnick had a great game against the high-powered Hawaai offense, recording 10 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. Arnick returned one of his INTs 54 yards for a touchdown in the 62-35 win.

LB: Tank Carder, TCU, Rose Bowl: The stat line might not be the best -- six tackles, three for a loss, but Carder made one of the biggest plays of the bowl season, knocking down a two-point conversion to preserve the Horned Frogs' 21-19 victory over Wisconsin.

DB: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, Cotton Bowl: The freshman was all over the place against Texas A&M, recording seven tackles, forcing two fumbles, recording a sack and an interception late in the game.

DB: Ahmad Black, Florida, Outback Bowl: Black had a great game for the Gators, recording six tackles and two interceptions. His returned his second INT 80 yards for a touchdown to clinch a 37-24 victory over Penn State.

DB: Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, Sun Bowl: Smith was getting more wide open than the Hurricanes receivers, recording three interceptions to go along with seven tackles.

DB: Micah Hyde, Iowa, Insight Bowl: Hyde had one of the biggest plays of the bowl season, interception Blaine Gabbert late in the fourth quarter and returning it 72 yards for a touchdown to give Iowa a 27-24 victory. Hyde also added six tackles.

P: Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, Sugar Bowl and Brad Langley, Nevada, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (tie): These two had almost identical games. Breeding had seven punts for 43.7-yard average with four punts inside the 20-yard line. He had two punts in the fourth quarter downed at the 4-yard line to help keep Arkansas in the game. Langley had seven punts, 43.4-yard average with five punts inside the 20. His last punt was knocked down at the 10-yard line with 3:06 to go.

K: Casey Barth, North Carolina, Music City Bowl: Barth not only finished the game 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points, but he hit a 39-yarder as time expired to send the game into overtime and then hit a 23-yarder in OT to beat Tennessee.

KR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Never mind that Hilton had the biggest play in FIU's history, converting a 4th-and-17 with the hook and lateral play. He makes this squad for his 34.8-yard average on five kick returns, including a 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter to get the FIU rally going. The Golden Panthers would eventually win 34-32.

PR: Rishard Matthews, Nevada, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: It was quiet for punt returners during the bowl season, but Matthews returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown to give Nevada a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

All-Purpose: Damaris Johnson, Tulsa, Hawaii Bowl: Johnson had a career-high 326 all-purpose yards to break the NCAA career record in the win over Hawaii. Johnson finished with 98 yards rushing, 101 yards receiving, 109 on kick returns and 18 on punt returns. He also scored on a 67-yard run and a 9-yard reception.

Miss a bowl game? Recap all 35 games with the individual bowl pages.


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:55 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 9:50 am

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

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Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:52 am

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

; Courtney Upshaw and on 01/01/11, anyone wearing Crimson and White.....

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:04 pm

Shame you couldn't have a Defensive Line award

If so, hard to argue against the Crimson Tide.

They held Michigan State to -48 yards rushing.

Since: Jan 14, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:06 pm

Tyrann"Little ball of hate" Mathieu

Watch out for this kid. Only a true freshmen. Future AA.

Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:00 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

As for the Pirates, we shared alot of misery over the years. LOL
The pirates an O's could combine teams and still not beat the yankees or sox in a playoff series. My baseball life is officially ended thanks to the donald trump divison we are stuck in . Atleast we have alot of good lacrosse to watch around here i suppose

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:24 am

Coaches of the All-Bowl Team

What? Not a single member of the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Mississippi State Bulldogs? They both impressively blew away their Big 10 opponent and you can't even mention anyone from either team?

I will do it for you.

Coaches of the All-Bowl Team: Nick Saban, Alabama; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 9:10 am

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

Are you crazy? How can you put Broyles in there? He is not in the SEC Conference.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 6:54 am

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

Enjoy the game this weekend i hope UPS can get terrible towels down to florida in time, wouldnt want people thinking your a hometown dolphins fan now would we
Yeah, already have one. Not that you care, but I tell you anyway. My grandfather, who is from Pittsburgh, rooted for the Steelers/Pirates his whole life, lived with us from the time I was 6 years old.

So I kind of picked up rooting for grandpa's teams. Loved watching football with the old man, unfortunately back in the day we didn't get to watch many Steelers games unless they were in the playoffs. 

Now sure the Steelers won in 1979 and 1980, but I wish he was alive when the Steelers won in 2006 and 2009, mostly the 2006 team with Bettis, but he died in 2003.

As for the Pirates, we shared alot of misery over the years. LOL

Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:59 am

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

I will give you credit for taking time to respond but i thought you my actually have a decent thought in doing so.Now that you have admitted to your short comings lets reveal how foolish you are.

Also in the expert picks, if I pick against your team, I hate them too.
You picked my team, im an oregon grad and its on my list of favorites.Did you think i was a maryland fan? So thats not a fly arguement slick

Scott was definitely up, but just two RB slots. Sorry. I hate all players named Scott too.

You sound a little angry and you use the word hate alot and i used it zero times in my post. you sound like another 17 year old bandwagon fan who has nothing intelligent to post so he responds in a tantrum. You are exactly whats wrong with american sports, zero loyalty. Im glad to know theres so many pitt fans born and raised in florida your own little steeler country. By the way  "it is what it is" is a load a BS, "it  is what you  make it"

Enjoy the game this weekend i hope UPS can get terrible towels down to florida in time, wouldnt want people thinking your a hometown dolphins fan now would we

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