NCF Nation: 2008 preseason all-conference predictions

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The Big 12 featured its top collection of talent last season with eight conference players selected to consensus All-America teams. It might be even more pronounced this season with another strong cast back.

Here's my list for all-conference players before the season:

OFFENSE 

QB: Chase Daniel, Missouri
RB: Marlon Lucky, Nebraska
RB: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
WR: Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
WR: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
TE: Chase Coffman, Missouri
T: Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma
T: Ryan Miller, Colorado
G: Duke Robinson, Oklahoma
G: Louis Vasquez, Texas Tech
C: Jon Cooper, Oklahoma
K: Jeff Wolfert, Missouri
KR: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

DEFENSE

DE: Auston English, Oklahoma
DT: George Hypolite, Colorado
DT: Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
DE: Ian Campbell, Kansas State
LB: Mike Rivera, Kansas
LB: Joe Mortensen, Kansas
LB: Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
CB: Chris Harris, Kansas
CB: Jamar Wall, Texas Tech
S: William Moore, Missouri
S: Nic Harris, Oklahoma
P: Justin Brantly, Texas A&M
PR: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Since I have such a large pool from which to choose, I decided to make a first- and second-team All-Non-BCS/Independents.

Some positions were harder to fill than others and some probably had deserving players narrowly edged out. Either way, I think this is representative of the best players in the non-BCS and Independents.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB: Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
RB: Eugene Jarvis, Kent State
WR: Brennan Marion, Tulsa
WR: Dante Love, Ball State
WR: Marko Mitchell, Nevada
TE: Bear Pascoe, Fresno State
OL: John Estes, Hawaii
OL: Ray Feinga, BYU
OL: Sam Young, Notre Dame
OL: Augustus Parrish, Kent State
OL: Dallas Reynolds, BYU

DEFENSE

DE: Larry English, Northern Illinois
DT: Jay Ross, East Carolina
DT: Ryan Bain, Akron
DE: Jan Jorgensen, BYU
LB: Josh Mauga, Nevada
LB: Jason Phillips, TCU
LB: Maurice Crum Jr., Notre Dame
CB: Londen Fryar, Western Michigan
CB: Coye Francies, San Jose State
FS: C.J. Spillman, Marshall
SS: Barry Church, Toledo

SPECIALISTS

K: Jose Martinez, Texas El-Paso
P: Louie Sakoda, Utah
KR: A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State
PR: Andre Jones, Akron

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB: Max Hall, BYU
RB: Luke Lippincott, Nevada
WR: Jarrett Dillard, Rice
WR: Jeremy Childs, Boise State
WR: Bryn Anderson, Central Michigan
TE: Cody Slate, Marshall
OL: Robby Felix, Texas-El Paso
OL: Zane Beadles, Utah
OL: Travis Bright, BYU
OL: Michael Parenton, Tulane
OL: Doug Palmer, ECU

DEFENSE

DE: John Fletcher, Wyoming
DT: Andrew Neblett, Temple
DT: Pat Kuntz, Notre Dame
DE: Clinton McDonald, Memphis
LB: Albert McClellan, Marshall
LB: Adam Leonard, Hawaii
LB: Caleb Bostic, Miami-Ohio
CB: Sean Smith, Utah
CB: DeAndre Wright, New Mexico
FS: David Bruton, Notre Dame
SS: Louis Delmas, Western Michigan

SPECIALISTS

K: Alex Steigerwald, Toledo
P: Thomas Morstead, SMU
KR: Bryan Williams, Akron
PR: Philip Beck, Louisiana Tech

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

It's time to predict the Big Ten all-conference team for 2008. Some of the names you'll recognize. Others might be a little hazy at this point, but not for long.

OFFENSE

QB: Curtis Painter, Purdue, Sr., 6-4, 230
RB: Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State, Jr., 6-1, 237
RB:
Javon Ringer, Michigan State, Sr., 5-9, 202
WR:
Arrelious "Regus" Benn, Illinois, So., 6-2, 214
WR:
Brian Robiskie, Ohio State, Sr., 6-3, 199
TE:
Travis Beckum, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-4, 236
LT:
Alex Boone, Ohio State, Sr., 6-8, 312
LG:
Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-6, 332
C:
A.Q. Shipley, Penn State, Sr., 6-1, 297
RG:
Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State, Sr. 6-2, 291
RT:
Xavier Fulton, Illinois, Sr., 6-5, 300

DEFENSE

DE: Maurice Evans, Penn State, Jr., 6-2, 264
DT:
Mitch King, Iowa, Sr., 6-3, 280
DT:
Terrance Taylor, Michigan, Sr., 6-0, 319
DE:
Greg Middleton, Indiana, Jr., 6-3, 279
LB:
James Laurinaitis, Ohio State, Sr., 6-3, 240
LB:
Greg Jones, Michigan State, So., 6-1, 222
LB:
Marcus Freeman, Ohio State, Sr., 6-1, 239
CB:
Vontae Davis, Illinois, Jr., 6-0, 204
CB:
Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State, Sr., 6-1, 201
S:
Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State, Sr., 6-0, 192
S:
Anderson Russell, Ohio State, Jr. 6-0, 205

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK: Austin Starr, Indiana, Sr., 6-3, 198
P:
Jeremy Boone, Penn State, Jr., 5-9, 194
KR:
Marcus Thigpen, Indiana, Sr., 5-9, 193
PR:
David Gilreath, Wisconsin, So., 5-11, 165

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

There's plenty of talent available for the preseason all-Big East team. Eleven players who made last year's first team are back, including five who were either first, second or third-team All-Americans.

QB: Pat White, West Virginia
RB: LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh
RB: Noel Devine, West Virginia
WR: Tiquan Underwood, Rutgers
WR: Kenny Britt, Rutgers
OT: Ryan Stanchek, West Virginia
OT:
Anthony Davis, Rutgers
C: Eric Wood, Louisville
OG: Greg Isdaner, West Virginia
OG: Trevor Canfield, Cincinnati
TE: Nate Byham, Pittsburgh

DE: George Selvie, South Florida
DT: Arthur Jones, Syracuse
DT: Terrill Byrd, Cincinnati
DE: Cody Brown, Connecticut
LB: Scott McKillop, Pittsburgh
LB: Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida
LB: Reed Williams, West Virginia
CB: Mike Mickens, Cincinnati
CB: DeAngelo Smith, Cincinnati
S: Courtney Greene, Rutgers
S: Nate Allen, South Florida

P: Kevin Huber, Cincinnati
K: Pat McAfee, West Virginia
KR: Max Suter, Syracuse
PR: Aaron Berry, Pittsburgh

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

After careful consideration and countless late nights spent in the film room, here's my preseason All-SEC team on the eve of another college football season about to kick off:

OFFENSE
QB:
Tim Tebow, Florida
RB: Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
RB: Arian Foster, Tennessee
WR: Percy Harvin, Florida
WR: Kenny McKinley, South Carolina
TE: D.J. Williams, Arkansas
OL: Andre Smith, Alabama
OL: Michael Oher, Ole Miss
OL: Ciron Black, LSU
OL: Tyronne Green, Auburn
C: Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas

DEFENSE
DE:
Tyson Jackson, LSU
DE: Jeremy Jarmon, Kentucky
DT: Sen'Derrick Marks, Auburn
DT: Ricky Jean-Francois, LSU
LB: Rolando McClain, Alabama
LB: Brandon Spikes, Florida
LB: Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina
CB: D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt
CB: Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina
S: Derek Pegues, Mississippi State
S: Eric Berry, Tennessee

SPECIAL TEAMS
K:
Colt David, LSU
P: Ryan Shoemaker, Auburn
KR: Trindon Holliday, LSU
PR: Brandon James, Florida

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  • Hardest offensive player to leave off: Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon
  • Hardest defensive player to leave off: Georgia LB Dannell Ellerbe
  • Hardest injured player to leave off: Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy
  • Freshman most likely to crack final All-SEC team: Alabama WR Julio Jones
  • Newcomer most likely to crack final All-SEC team: Tennessee TE Brandon Warren
  • Comeback Player of the Year: Auburn LB Tray Blackmon

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

I really labored over some of these.

Offense

QB: Rudy Carpenter, Sr., Arizona State
RB: Jahvid Best, So., California
RB: Jeremiah Johnson, Sr., Oregon
TE: Rob Gronkowski, So., Arizona
OL: Alex Mack, Sr., California
OL: Jeff Byers, Sr., USC
OL: Juan Garcia, Sr., Washington
OL: Max Unger, Sr., Oregon
OL: Andy Levitre, Sr., Oregon State
WR: Mike Thomas, Sr., Arizona
WR: Brandon Gibson, Sr., Washington State
K: Thomas Weber, So., Arizona State

Defense

DE: Nick Reed, Sr., Oregon
DT: Fili Moala, Sr., USC
DT: Brian Price, So., UCLA
DE: Dexter Davis, Jr., Arizona State
LB: Rey Maualuga, Sr., USC
LB: Brian Cushing, Sr., USC
LB: Zach Follett, Sr., California
CB: Jairus Byrd, Jr., Oregon
CB: Alterraun Verner, Jr., UCLA
FS: Taylor Mays, Jr., USC
SS: Patrick Chung, Sr., Oregon
P: Keenyn Crier, So., Arizona

KR: Ronald Johnson, So., USC
PR: Sammie Stroughter, Sr., Oregon State

Preseason All-ACC team

August, 26, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Just so you know, I agonize over these things. You can't pick everyone.

Here's the final version:

OFFENSE

QB -- Cullen Harper, Clemson
RB -- Josh Adams, Wake Forest
RB -- James Davis, Clemson
WR -- Aaron Kelly, Clemson
WR -- Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
TE -- Ryan Purvis, Boston College
T -- Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech
T -- Eugene Monroe, Virginia
G -- Rodney Hudson, Florida State
G -- Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
C -- Edwin Williams, Maryland

DEFENSE

DE -- Everette Brown, Florida State
DE -- Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
DT -- Ron Brace, Boston College
DT -- Vance Walker, Georgia Tech
LB -- Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
LB -- Clint Sintim, Virginia
LB -- Michael Tauiliili, Duke
CB -- Victor Harris, Virginia Tech
CB -- Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
S -- Michael Hamlin, Clemson
S -- Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest

SPECIALISTS

PK -- Sam Swank, Wake Forest
P -- Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech (Graham Gano is injured, out 3-5 weeks)
KO RET -- C.J. Spiller, Clemson
PUNT RET -- Preston Parker, Florida State (following his two-game suspension, of course)

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