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2011-12 All-Bowl Team

Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:33 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 4:17 pm
J. Darin Darst

Another season gone and another SEC team has been declared BCS Champions.

And after 35 bowl games, it's time to look back and remember some of the great individual performances of the past month. Here are the best in this year's All-Bowl Team:

QB: Geno Smith, West Virginia (Orange): The junior had quite a homecoming in South Florida, setting three Orange Bowl records. He threw for a record 407 yards and accounted for seven total touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) in the Mountaineers' 70-33 thrashing of Clemson. Smith finished 32 of 43 passing, while also rushing for 26 yards on five carries.Geno Smith

RB: Terrance Ganaway, Baylor (Alamo): All the attention was on Robert Griffin, but the senior had quite a game. He rushed for 200 yards on 21 carries and scored five touchdowns -- all in the second half. He scored on runs of 89, 1, 1, 4 and 43 yards.

RB: Stepfan Taylor, Stanford (Fiesta): Another running back in the shadow of his quarterback, Taylor had a strong performance in the loss to Oklahoma State. In his best game of the season, the junior ran for 177 yards on 35 carries, while scoring two touchdowns (1 and 4 yards).

WR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia (Orange): Not to be overshadowed by teammate Smith, the junior receiver had his own amazing Orange Bowl. He set a bowl record with 280 all-purpose yards, including 117 receiving yards on 11 catches. He also recorded four receiving touchdowns. Austin, who was a member of the All-America Team as an all-purpose player, also finished with a 23.4-yard average on five kickoff returns.

WR: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (Fiesta): The junior playing in his final college game, went out with a bang. He had eight catches for 186 yards (23.3-yard average) and scored three touchdowns. Blackmon was a huge part of the Cowboys offense, scoring on catches of 43, 67 and 17 yards.

WR: Patrick Edwards, Houston (TicketCity): In an era of huge offenses, it's only fitting to have three receivers on this year's All-Bowl Team. The senior had one of his best games of the season, catching 10 passes for 228 yards with two touchdowns in the victory over Penn State. Edwards scored on passes of 40 and 75 yards.

TE: Ladarius Green, La.-Lafayette (New Orleans): The senior has had quite a career at Louisiana-Lafayette, but before bolting off to the NFL, Green helped the Rajin Cajuns win their first bowl game. He had five catches for 121 yards and scored on a 20-yard reception.

Offensive Line: Nate Potter (LT), Joe Kellogg (LG), Cory Yriarte (C), Chuck Hayes (RG), Charles Leno (RT), Boise State (Maaco): The offensive line not only blocked for Doug Martin, who ended up with 151 yards rushing, but didn't allow a sack in Kellen Moore's final game of his college career. Potter, Yriarte and Hayes go out with Moore as one of the most successful senior classes in history.

DL: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois (Fight Hunger): In his final college game, the junior recorded five tackles, including three for a loss and 1.5 sacks against UCLA. The Bruins were held to 18 yards rushing and Mercilus was a big reason for that.

DL: Cordarro Law, Southern Miss (Hawaii): The defensive MVP of the Hawaii Bowl led the Golden Eagles with seven tackles, 4.5 for a loss and recorded two sacks.

Courtney UpshawDL: Mike Martin, Michigan (Sugar): The senior had a strong performance, recording 10 tackles and 0.5 sacks in Michigan's victory over Virginia Tech. The defensive end helped limit the Hokies to just one touchdown.

DL: William Gholston, Michigan State (Outback): The sophomore had a great game against Georgia, recording seven solo tackles, including five for a loss, with two sacks and a fumble recovery.

LB: Kiko Alonso, Oregon (Rose): The junior recorded five tackles, including 2.5 for a loss with 1.5 sacks. But his biggest play of the game was when he intercepted Russell Wilson late in the third quarter, which set up Oregon's go-ahead touchdown. Alonso earned defensive MVP honors from the Rose Bowl for his outstanding play.

LB: Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (BCS championship): The defensive MVP of the BCS Championship game, Upshaw was the leader for the Crimson Tide, allowing LSU to cross the 50-yard line only once. Upshaw finished with seven tackles, including six solo with one sack.

LB: Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (Pinstripe): He led the Scarlet Knights defense with 13 tackles, including seven solo, to go along with three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in the victory over Iowa State.

DB: David Amerson, N.C. State (Belk): The sophomore added two more interceptions to his total, giving him an ACC record 13 for the season. Amerson also returned one for a 65-yard touchdown and recorded five tackles in the victory over Louisville.

DB: Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt (Liberty): One of the best defensive backs in the SEC went out in style, recorded eight tackles with two interceptions while being named defensive MVP for the game.

DB: Dexter McCoil, Tulsa (Armed Forces): The junior had one of his best career games, recording 10 tackles and two interceptions against BYU. McCoil actually intercepted a third pass from quarterback Riley Nelson, but it was nullified after a Tulsa penalty.

DB: Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (BCS championship): The leader of the Alabama secondary recorded four tackles, including two for a loss, while shutting down LSU's Rueben Randle in the BCS championship game.

Eric PageP: Paul Hershey, Ohio (Idaho Potato): The senior had six punts for 300 yards (50.0-yard average), including three inside the 20 (two inside the 10). With 4:23 remaining and Ohio down by a touchdown, Hershey nailed a 49-yarder down to the Utah State 7. That punt allowed Ohio to play the field position game, getting the ball back at their own 39 and scoring the game-winning score with seven seconds remaining.

K: Jeremy Shelley, Alabama (BCS championship): Shelley had quite a redemption game against LSU the second time around. The junior hit five field goals -- 23, 34, 41, 35 and 44 yards in the championship game to help Alabama build a 15-0 lead.

KR: Eric Page, Toledo (Military): One of the best kick return man in the nation, Page returned four kick returns for 153 yards (38.25 avg), including a 87-yard touchdown in the victory over Air Force.

PR: Joe Adams, Arkansas (Cotton): Adams did it again, returning his fourth punt this season for a touchdown, breaking a 51-yarder in the victory over Kansas State.

All-Purpose: De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon (Rose): The freshman had quite a game against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. He rushed for 155 yards on two carries, scoring both times. One of those runs was a 91-yard burst. Thomas also had 125 yards on four kickoff returns, to go along with 34 yards receiving on four catches.


Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:10 am

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

Good read.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:51 pm

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

Man, I don't know how you leave out that corner from Georgia.  He almost took down my Spartans single-handedly!  What a great player.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:07 pm

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

mdawg10 - you could be no more correct.  How Brandon did not make this "All Bowl" team is simply ridiculous.  I don't know the stats, but in the modern era, I bet there are but one or two (if any) players that have scored in all three phases of the game.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:05 pm

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

Glad to see you recognize the BSU offensive line. Good post.

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:55 pm

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

In the Alamo Bowl vs Baylor, the Washington Huskies QB Keith Price's passing stats were 23 of 37 for 438 yds & 4 td's + 5 carries 39 yds rushing & 3 td's. His stats were by far the best overall numbers by a QB in any bowl game this past season. Thus, Geno Smith should be on the 2nd team, behind Price. Sorry Geno!  

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:47 pm

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

I realize the Washington D got lit up. But there was a DL that had 3.5 sacks not sure how many tackles

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:46 pm

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

Really, no Brandon Boykin? All he did was record 7 tackles including a safety, return a punt 92 yards for a TD and catch a 13-yard TD pass in a losing effort to Michigan State. Easily the best performance out of one individual player in SEC bowl games.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:53 am

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

Zero players from the "other ohio" team. Jess Sayin'

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:50 am

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

Once again Western Michigan wide receiver, Jordan White, gets left out.  Dude just blew up college football this season with his receiving numbers including 13 grabs for 265 yards and a score in his bowl game and yet he gets snubbed again.  I believe his 265 yards is the record for most yards receiving in any bowl game ever but he is a good person to leave off your team.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:00 am

2011-12 All-Bowl Team

Keenum threw for 600 yards against the 5th ranked pass defense in the counrty. He gets no love because he does it every week i guess.

Geno Smith had 7 TD's.  No matter how many yards you throw for, it is never more impressive than scoreing.  Some folks these days put way to much stock in yards.  Sad really. 

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