The 2015 college football season has already been one of the most entertaining seasons in recent history, although it has come at a steep cost, with several All-America candidates sidelined by injuries. Still, there have been plenty of standout individual performances thus far.
We compiled three Midseason All-America teams (with explanations for the first two), in addition to an All-Freshman team. Apologies to the defensive ends and cornerbacks who got snubbed in a particularly crowded season for those positions. There are, however, still seven weeks of football to crack the final 2015 lists.
QB: Trevone Boykin, TCU. Boykin is doing it all for this prolific Horned Frogs offense, with 2,539 passing yards (10.2 yards per attempt), 440 rushing yards and 30 total touchdowns in seven games.
RB: Leonard Fournette, LSU. The Heisman frontrunner has more yards (1,202) in six games than he did in an entire stellar freshman season. He's averaging eight yards per carry, with 14 rushing touchdowns, as he continues to embarrass defenses.
RB: Dalvin Cook, Florida State. Cook averages 8.7 yards per carry and has 955 yards despite dealing with a hamstring injury. He's capable of making a game-changing big play at any moment.
WR: Josh Doctson, TCU. Boykin's top threat, the 6-foot-3 Doctson towers over defensive backs both because of his height and leaping ability. Nobody has better ball skills, and it's resulted in Doctson catching 60 passes for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns already.
WR: Corey Coleman, Baylor. Coleman is a machine in this Baylor offense. Sixteen of his 41 catches have gone for touchdowns -- already a Baylor single-season record -- with 14 catches of at least 30 yards.
TE: Hunter Henry Arkansas. The Razorbacks' do-everything tight end continues to succeed in the run game as a blocker while also catching 21 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown.
OT: Spencer Drango, Baylor. A first-team All-American last year, Drango continues to anchor a veteran offensive line that is as good as any O-line in the country. Baylor has allowed just six sacks, and tailback Shock Linwood averages 8.5 yards per carry.
OT: Taylor Decker, Ohio State. The Buckeyes offensive line has underperformed at times, but Decker continues to be a star protecting the blind side of whoever is playing quarterback. Ohio State has allowed nine sacks in seven games with the run game continuing to roll.
G: Joshua Garnett, Stanford. The Cardinal offense as a whole keeps getting better and better, and that's partially because the line has turned into the type of unit we expect in the Jim Harbaugh/David Shaw era. Garnett is the best of the bunch, a driving force behind Christian McCaffrey's emergence at running back.
G: Landon Turner, North Carolina. The Tar Heels were forgotten after their opening loss to South Carolina, but they've won five games in a row, in part because of their stellar line. They're fifth in average yards per rush (6.2) and have allowed nine sacks.
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State. Allen missed the Michigan game with an injury, but prior to that he continued to anchor an excellent offensive line that has been plagued with injuries (star left tackle Jack Conklin missed two and a half games and will likely make this list at the end of the season). Because of those injuries, Allen has even been forced to play some tackle. When in the middle, there's no better center.
DE: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M. The explosive sophomore has terrorized opposing backfields. He has 8 ½ sacks, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups, and his impact is even greater than the stats say, as he demands so much attention from opposing offenses.
Good God, Myles Garrett. Ridiculous first step burst and finish. https://t.co/Yu5RGuGcr5— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) September 6, 2015
DE: Carl Nassib, Penn State. The ex-walk-on is in his fifth year at Penn State but first as a starter, and he's become a dominant NFL prospect. He leads the nation in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles as part of one of the nation's most disruptive defensive lines.
DT: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss. Nkemdiche has three offensive touchdowns this year but left the Memphis game with a concussion. He continues to make blockers look foolish on defense, as his 5 ½ tackles for loss don't tell the story. His quickness is impossible to handle in the middle of the field.
DT: Andrew Billings, Baylor. Overshadowed by Shawn Oakman, Billings is the best player on the Bears defense. He has eight tackles for loss and leads a front that is allowing just 3.3 yards per rush attempt.
LB: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame. The most complete linebacker in college football, Smith is the best player on a much-improved Fighting Irish defense. He's a freakish athlete who leads the team with 56 tackles (six for loss), and he's also a terrific player in coverage.
LB: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri. Missouri has lost a lot of talent on the defensive line the last few years, and yet the defense keeps rolling. Brothers has provided needed stability. Missouri ranks fifth in defensive yards per play, and Brothers leads the nation with 91 tackles, plus two picks and 5 ½ tackles for loss.
LB: Joe Schobert, Wisconsin. The Badgers keep producing solid defenses, and they've been excellent against the pass. It helps to have a player like Schobert wreaking havoc off the edge. The senior linebacker is second in the nation with 14 ½ tackles for loss, 9 ½ sacks and four forced fumbles, sitting right behind Big Ten rival Nassib in each category.
CB: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson. The sophomore backs up his confidence. With Clemson undergoing a transformation in the front seven, the secondary has eased the transition, with Alexander emerging as a lockdown cornerback. He shut down Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller and leads a defense that is allowing opponents to complete just 43.8 percent of their passes while throwing for 167.5 yards per game.
CB: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State. Florida State's defensive Swiss Army Knife moved out to the boundary corner position this year, and he continues to thrive, with outstanding all-around athleticism that allows him to be reliable in pass coverage but also an asset against the outside running game. He has 22 tackles, seven pass breakups and a fumble return touchdown.
S: Jeremy Cash, Duke. Cash is whatever Duke needs him to be: a safety, a linebacker, a cover corner, whatever. He has 11 ½ tackles for loss, 47 tackles, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups, leading the charge for a defense that ranks third in yards per play allowed and has the Blue Devils in position to compete for the ACC Coastal title.
S: Trae Elston, Ole Miss. The Rebels have had some bad injury luck on defense, and that includes the absence of star safety Tony Conner, who had knee surgery. But Elston has been fantastic in the Rebels' 4-2-5 alignment, with four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 37 tackles and 2 ½ tackles for loss.
QB: Seth Russell, Baylor. Baylor averages 64 points per game, with Russell completing 63.2 percent for 1,907 yards, 27 touchdowns and five picks and running 338 yards and five TDs. Against the best defense he's faced, West Virginia, Russell threw for 380 yards and five TDs and ran for 160 yards and a TD.
RB: Derrick Henry, Alabama. With Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon gone, the 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry has become the focal point of the Alabama offense, barreling through defenses for 901 yards and 12 touchdowns on 152 carries -- with his best performances coming in Alabama's biggest games.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State. At times it has felt like Ohio State hasn't committed enough to Elliott, but he keeps rolling anyway. He saved the Buckeyes with big plays against Indiana, and in rushing for at least 100 yards in every game, he has piled up 988 yards and 11 touchdowns on 148 carries.
WR: Will Fuller, Notre Dame. Fuller was handled by Alexander in the Clemson game, but otherwise he's often been unstoppable, with 32 catches for 702 yards and eight touchdowns -- an average of 21.9 yards per catch -- despite the Week 2 injury to Malik Zaire.
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC. After an impressive freshman season, Smith-Schuster has made an impressive sophomore leap with Nelson Agholor gone to the NFL. He has 39 catches for 758 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 19.4 yards per catch.
TE: Jake Butt, Michigan. Butt caught 21 passes last year despite tearing his ACL in February 2014, and now he's become a key part of the Michigan offense with a healthy knee in a Jim Harbaugh offense that loves tight ends and fullbacks. Butt has 23 catches for 278 yards and a touchdown.
OT: Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech. When he's not scoring bizarre two-point-conversions, Clark continues to act as a great all-around blocker for a prolific Red Raiders attack, now with 45 career starts under his belt. While he did leave last Saturday's win over Kansas with a leg injury, he's apparently day-to-day.
OT: Jerald Hawkins, LSU. Hawkins teams with Vadal Alexander (who could also be on this list) to form a terrific tackle duo, creating big lanes through which Fournette is impossible to stop.
G: Greg Pyke, Georgia. The Bulldogs offense hit a wall against Alabama and Missouri (two good defense, to be fair), and they're dealing with the season-long absence of star tailback Nick Chubb. But there's still plenty for hope in their ground game, both because of the talent of Sony Michel and the experience of this line, led by Pyke.
G: Dan Feeney, Indiana. The Hoosiers have had talented running backs in 2,000-yard rusher Tevin Coleman last year, and now Jordan Howard this year. But their production is also a credit to their stellar line, led by Feeney and left tackle Jason Spriggs.
C: Siaosi Aiono, Utah. The Utes have a reputation for physical play, grinding out yards on the ground with the help of a solid O-line. It starts in the center with Aiono, the 310-pound senior anchor of the line who paves the way for Devontae Booker.
DE: Joey Bosa, Ohio State. Bosa might be the most talented player in college football, so it just speaks to the incredible seasons that Nassib and Garrett are having that Bosa is on the second team (for now). He missed the opener because of a suspension and has just 2 ½ sacks, but he has 36 tackles and nine tackles for loss and continues to be a force against both the run and pass.
DE: Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State. Unbeaten Oklahoma State has a much-improved defense, and it certainly helps to have an impact playmaker like Ogbah. After a breakout 2014 season, Ogbah has 7 ½ sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery touchdown.
DT: Connor Wujciak, Boston College. The 300-pound senior anchors the nation's No. 1 run defense, which allows just 1.7 yards per carry and 51.7 yards per game. The Eagles may be 3-4, but they've allowed just 11 points per game.
DT: Kenny Clark, UCLA. The UCLA defense has taken a big hit without Clark's partner in crime, Eddie Vanderdoes (in addition to linebacker Myles Jack and cornerback Fabian Moreau). But Clark is still a fantastic athlete at defensive tackle, ranking third on the team with 35 tackles, plus catching a touchdown pass.
LB: Su'a Cravens, USC. The former safety can do it all for the Trojans, and in six games he has 41 tackles, 5 ½ tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, three pass breakups and an interception, with the athleticism
LB: Reggie Ragland, Alabama. Alabama's entire defensive front is a brick wall, with the 252-pound Ragland playing behind the impenetrable rotation of A'Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Da'Ron Payne, Darren Lake and Jonathan Allen, among others. The Crimson Tide have allowed a total of 496 rushing yards in seven games, with Ragland racking up a team-high 59 tackles and forcing two fumbles.
LB: Darron Lee, Ohio State. Lee broke out in the second half of last season and continues to shine as one of the most athletic linebackers in the country. He's effective as a pass rusher and in coverage, with 30 tackles, an interception, six tackles for loss, a forced fumble and 2 ½ sacks.
CB: Vernon Hargreaves, Florida. Hargreaves might be the most touted cover corner in college football, but he does have plenty of competition at a position loaded with talent right now. He has three interceptions thus far.
CB: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan. For a very good Michigan team, the Wolverines are still somewhat anonymous. They're just stingy all-around on defense, with Lewis emerging as perhaps the best player. The 5-foot-10 junior has 14 pass breakups and two interceptions.
S: Jayron Kearse, Clemson. Kearse teams with Alexander to form the backbone of a secondary that has played at a high level, with Kearse getting better and better. He has 25 tackles, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a pick and two pass breakups, with the versatility to contribute in a variety of ways.
S: Eddie Jackson, Alabama. Jackson has had an up-and-down career, thanks in part to a torn ACL in 2014, but he moved from cornerback to safety this season and is shining, with five interceptions returned for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
Midseason All-America Teams: First, Second and Third
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