LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett headline the 2015 Today’s U Midseason All-America team, which was assembled by members of the college football staff.
Last weekend, Fournette became the fastest LSU player to 1,000 rushing yards in a season and tied the FBS record by reaching that milestone in just five games. Heading into Week 7, the sophomore superstar has 119 attempts for 1,022 yards (8.6 ypc) and 12 touchdowns, leading the nation with 204.4 yards per game (Dalvin Cook is No. 2 with 158.4).
He is no stranger to the Heisman conversation, either, as the consensus leader for the bronze by a large margin.
Leonard Fournette is unreal, my god… pic.twitter.com/6cGtuPCmMp
— Roban Perezanovic (@World_Wide_Wob) October 10, 2015
Garrett has launched himself into the Chuck Bednarik Award talks midway through the season, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound weapon-of-mass-destruction has posted 25 tackles (9.5 for loss), 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in five games. His disruptive presence on the defensive front is a big reason why Texas A&M has tremendously improved on this side of the ball; the Aggies finished 77th nationally in points allowed in 2014 (28.1), but currently sit at No. 40 (21.0) and has surrendered 18.3 points on average to Power Five opponents.
Like the Today’s U preseason All-America team, the SEC leads all conferences with eight players on the list. The Big 12, Big Ten, and Pac-12 Conference come in second with five players each, while the ACC comes in last place out of Power Five members with four. Western Kentucky gave the Group of Five its lone appearance for the first team.
Seven different teams have two players on the list: TCU, LSU, Ohio State, Baylor, USC, Duke, and Stanford.
Notable mentions from our second team include Baylor quarterback Seth Russell (leads nation in yards per attempt with 11.7), Georgia running back Nick Chubb (had 13 straight 100-yard performances before suffering a knee injury last week), and Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa (was the top-voted defensive player from our preseason All-America team).
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|RB||Ezekiel Elliot||6-0||225||Jr.||Ohio State|
|TE||Tyler Higbee||6-6||250||RS Sr.||Western Kentucky|
|OG||Landon Turner||6-4||325||Sr.||North Carolina|
|OG||Pat Elflein||6-3||300||Jr.||Ohio State|
|DE||Myles Garrett||6-5||260||So.||Texas A&M|
|DE||Carl Nassib||6-7||270||Sr.||Penn State|
|DT||Robert Nkemdiche||6-4||300||Jr.||Ole Miss|
|LB||Kentrell Brothers||6-1||235||RS Sr.||Missouri|
|CB||Jalen Ramsey||6-1||200||Jr.||Florida State|
|CB||Vernon Hargreaves III||5-11||190||Jr.||Florida|
|SS||Jeremy Cash||6-2||210||RS Sr.||Duke|
|FS||Karl Joseph||5-11||200||Sr.||West Virginia|
SECOND TEAM: Offense
QB: Seth Russell, Baylor; RB: Dalvin Cook, Florida State; Nick Chubb, Georgia; WR: Roger Lewis, Bowling Green; Christian Kirk, Texas A&M; Will Fuller, Notre Dame; TE: Hunter Henry, Arkansas; C: Jack Allen, Michigan State; OG: Greg Pyke, Georgia; Parker Ehinger, Cincinnati; OT: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame; Taylor Decker, Ohio State.
SECOND TEAM: Defense
DE: Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State; Joey Bosa, Ohio State; DT: Adolphus Washington, Ohio State; Chris Wormley, Michigan; LB: Reggie Ragland, Alabama; Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame; Steven Taylor, Houston; CB: Desmond King, Iowa; Jourdan Lewis, Michigan; SS: Darian Thompson, Boise State; FS: Jayron Kearse, Clemson.
SECOND TEAM: Special Teams
PK: Aidan Schneider, Oregon; P: Trevor Daniel, Tennessee; KR: Rashaad Penny, San Diego State; PR: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina; All-Purp.: Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech.