Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ESPN.com Non-AQ all-conference team
By Andrea Adelson
Coming up with the all non-AQ team is never easy, because there are so many good players across all five conferences, Army and Navy. Unfortunately, many talented players get left off this list because there isn't room for everybody.
I tried to pick the players who had the most outstanding seasons at their respective positions. The toughest positions for me to pick were defensive line, receiver and linebacker, where I had 10 worthy candidates to whittle down.
It was also tough selecting a quarterback, so I went with two: Heisman Trophy finalist Kellen Moore of Boise State and record-setting Colin Kaepernick of Nevada. Both had incredible seasons worthy of recognition. My lone Sun Belt selection had the best player in the conference -- Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey, who ran for 1,649 yards on an astounding 340 carries, with 15 touchdowns.
My lone MAC selection was KR Eric Page, who led the nation with three kickoff returns for touchdowns.
Here is the complete list. Feel free to debate in the comments section.
QB – Kellen Moore, Boise State; Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
RB – Bobby Rainey, Jr., Western Kentucky
RB – Vai Taua, Sr., Nevada
AP – Damaris Johnson, Jr., Tulsa
WR – Greg Salas, Sr., Hawaii
WR – Titus Young, Sr., Boise State
TE – Virgil Green, Sr., Nevada
OL -- Matt Reynolds, Jr., BYU
OL – Marcus Cannon, Sr., TCU
OL – Nate Potter, Jr., Boise State
OL – Rob McGill, Sr., Louisiana Tech
C -- Zane Taylor, Sr., Utah
DL -- Chris Carter, Sr., Fresno State
DL – Vinny Curry, Jr., Marshall
DL – Dontay Moch, Sr., Nevada
DL – Shea McClellin, Jr., Boise State
LB – Tank Carder, Jr., TCU
LB – Corey Paredes, Jr., Hawaii
LB -- Mario Harvey, Sr., Marshall
DB – Reggie Rembert, Sr., Air Force
DB – Mana Silva, Sr., Hawaii
DB – Tejay Johnson, Sr., TCU
DB – George Iloka, Boise State
K – Danny Hrapmann, Jr., Southern Miss
P – Kyle Martens, Jr., Rice
KR – Eric Page, So., Toledo
PR – Shaky Smithson, Sr., Utah