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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: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:30 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

of course Maryland never gets any love but Da'Rel Scott ran for 200 yards on only 13 rushes with 2 TD's with not even a mention.

Darst is a bandwagon  pitt what would you expect? Nothing like growing up and working in florida and rooting for the hometown steelers? Not to mention Darst wont give a credit to the ACC in anyway.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:09 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

Well, clearly the entire Alabama team should have comprised this list.  Because don't you realize that college football revolves around SaBear and the Bams?

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:07 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

no alabama players. nice fail there
Tell me where I failed. Which Alabama players should have made it?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 6:21 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

What?? No Matt McGloin (aka Favre JR.)?? He was clearly the MVP for the gators in the outback bowl.  Black may have caught the passes, but McPick was the one delivering those meatballs (5 of them, and he was clearly trying for double digits).

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 5:37 pm

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson & Arnick on All-Bowl Team

Hawaii bowl was great game and the high ratings prove it.

Tulsa dominated, but people loved watching them do it. Tulsa obliterates opponents like none other.

#24 Tulsa crashed previous-#24 Hawaii's Christmas Eve Luau in 2010... Tulsa nearly upset #4 Boise State in 2009 (Tulsa's down year). Now the solid core of veterans, which returns over 90% of key contributors, will decend upon the hills of Boise, Idaho on September 24 2011.

Get ready to trample grass Broncos...
Because you will be running away from a storm: THE Tulsa Golden HURRICANE!!!

If your a Boise fan, you should be scared. If you're not scared, good. Your tears will be more enjoyable as they flow down your faces just like they did in Aloha stadium. The players' will be just as hot-headed as Hawaii's were.

This 2011 Tulsa team is unlike any other you will ever play.


Since: Aug 31, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2011 5:19 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

no alabama players. nice fail there

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 5:02 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

cocaa, if there was a backup qb spot, and a 3rd receiver spot, those would be the 2 that would deserve them, also hard to believe no one from alabama or miss. st. defenses are on this team since they arguably layed the 2 largest beatdowns in recent bowl memory

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:43 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

If you had made a second team I think Jake Heaps of BYU should have at least gotten an honorable mention. Kid is going to be a stud in the coming future. Has a cannon arm and is only a freshman (Technically a sophmore if we are talking about next year). He isn't going on a typical 2-year Mormon mission like most BYU players do and by the time he is a Junior should be one of the better QB's of the nation.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:07 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

Good to see Dylan Breeding of Arkansas making this list. Only player from a losing team to make it, but he deserved it without a doubt. Arkansas' special teams have been historically horrible in big games, but credit to special teams coach John L. Smith for having them ready. Breeding downed 3 punts inside the OSU 5-yard line with zero touchbacks.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:04 pm

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

The entire defense should have been Boise State from the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl.  Who else held thier ranked opponent under a touchdown?
Great defensive performance by Boise State, but Utah's offense just looked anemic the whole game. They scored 3 vs. Notre Dame and 7 vs. TCU, so the O was having problems anyway.

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