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2012 CFN All-America 2nd Team Offense
USC QB Matt Barkley
USC QB Matt Barkley
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jun 11, 2012


The best and the brightest offensive stars going into the season.


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2nd Team All-America Offense


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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have.

QUARTERBACK

Matt Barkley, Sr. USC
When Barkley announced his plans to put off the riches of the NFL for one more year, all of a sudden it became Game On for the Trojan program in the 2012 national championship race. The 6-2, 230-pounder returns as the most complete passer in America not currently being paid with terrific poise, smarts, and an even-keel personality – he’s not exactly Los Angeles when it comes to acting big-time. A starter since his rookie year, he peaked in 2011 by going 308-of-446 for 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. From a leadership and intangibles standpoint, he is to USC what Andrew Luck was to Stanford, an intelligent player who helps elevate those around him. More of a timing and touch passer than a power pitcher, his placement is impeccable, often putting the ball where only the receiver can access it.

And now the knocks will start coming as he’s scrutinized as a top NFL draft pick, and possibly the No. 1 overall selection if everything breaks right. He has the exact make-up and personality to be the face of a pro franchise for 15 years, but he’s not quite tall enough, doesn’t have much mobility, and has a good, but not elite, arm. It also helped that he’s been able to work behind an outstanding line that has given him time to work. However, he has grown and last year he blossomed with 468 yards and four scores against Arizona, 318 yards and six scores against Colorado, and most impressively, a 26-of-34, 323-yard, four-touchdown, one pick day in the win at Oregon. With the receiving corps he has to work with, expect more of the same and a likely trip to New York in December. If all goes according to plan, he’ll be the signature player of the 2012 college football season.

RUNNING BACKS

Knile Davis, Jr. Arkansas
Davis is getting a lot of respect – a lot of respect – considering he hasn’t come up with a full season and he has to prove he’s healthy. The 6-0, 226-pound power runner appeared ready for a monster 2011 before suffering an ankle injury in preseason camp. Fortunately, the injury happened in early August and he should be back to 100% by the start of the season, and now the Hogs get him for this season; he probably would’ve taken off for the NFL early had he played last year. But can he regain his form? An argument could be made that he was the best player in college football over the second half of the 2010 season – even over Cam Newton – running for 1,201 yards and 16 touchdowns over the last nine games. Over the last seven games, Davis went ballistic running for 100 yards or more in each game, with the one game under 100 yards an 82-yard, two score outing when he wasn’t needed much in the blowout over Vanderbilt. Not just a hard charging power runner, he flashed decent speed averaging 6.5 yards per carry and a nose for the goal line with 12 of his 13 touchdown runs coming in the final seven games to go along with a receiving score against Mississippi State. Also a receiver, he can be the star of an offense that should be among the best in the SEC. But, again, he has to be healthy.

Joseph Randle, Jr. Oklahoma State

You probably didn’t notice with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon taking away most of the spotlight, but Randle was one of the most productive running backs in college football finishing with 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns while catching 43 passes for 266 yards and two scores. The 6-1, 194-pound speed back is explosive and phenomenal when he gets a little room to run through averaging 5.8 yards per carry. While he only ran for 23 yards against Stanford and was held to 49 yards in the loss to Iowa State, he ripped off 151 yards and two scores against Oklahoma and had a two-game stretch against Missouri and Baylor when he ran 28 times for 290 yards and seven scores averaging 10.4 yards per carry. After not getting 20 carries in any of the last nine games he’ll be have to carry more of the workload.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Da’Rick Rogers, Jr. Tennessee
Justin Hunter is back and could become the team’s No. 1 target at times, but at the very least Rogers should be in for another phenomenal season as one of Tyler Bray’s main men. The hope was for Rogers to grow into his talent and potential, and he did with 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine scores, highlighted by a ten-catch, 100-yard, two-score day against Cincinnati and a ten-catch, 116-yard, two-score day against Vanderbilt. A deep threat with 6-3, 208-pound size, elite wheels and tremendous all-around athleticism, it’s all there. The star of the 2010 recruiting class and Parade All-American set the Georgia state record for a season with 1,641 yards and 22 scores, and now it’s all coming together. The NFL will be calling very, very soon.

Marquess Wilson, Jr. Washington State
Wilson was a gamebreaker in his first two seasons on the Palouse. With Mike Leach installing the Air Raid attack, now the sky is the limit after going from Freshman All-American in 2010 to All-Pac-12 a year ago, rewriting the single-season school record book by catching 82 balls for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns. He blew up Arizona State for 223 yards and three scores on eight catches and hanging 236 yards and two scores on San Diego State. At 6-4 and 183 pounds, he uses his size as a valuable weapon, striding past or elevating high above overmatched defensive backs. One of the game’s more polished all-around pass-catchers, he has great hands, runs precise routes and has been ultra-consistent despite Wazzu’s revolving door at quarterback.

TIGHT END

Ryan Otten, Sr. San Jose State

All of a sudden, the San Jose State passing game started to work and Otten became the key part of the attack. He showed promise in the last two games of 2010 catching ten passes for 147 yards and three scores, and then last season he grew into a terrific playmaker with 52 catches for 739 yards and five scores in 11 games. Over a three-game midseason stretch he caught 21 passes for 318 yards and three scores, but he was steady and productive throughout the year. At 6-5 and 245 pounds he has good size and terrific route running ability. He’s like a big wide receiver working as the team’s No. 1 target.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
regardless of position

D.J. Fluker, Jr. Alabama
A wee bit unsung compared to Barrett Jones and the rest of the great players on the national championship line, Fluker will get more of the attention this season at right tackle. He started all season on the right side becoming even more of a blaster for the ground game while being a good enough pass protector to help make AJ McCarron shine. At 6-6 and 335 pounds he’s massive, and keeping his weight in check will always be a concern, but he’s a dominant big man for the ground game. His NFL paycheck will be earned as a guard, but no matter where he is he’ll be a big hitter.

Travis Frederick, Jr. Wisconsin
It’s not like he was a big-time recruit or a special talent coming out of high school, but the 6-4, 328-pounder saw time right away earning the distinction of being the first true freshman in Wisconsin history to start the first game of his career on the line, suffered an ankle injury, redshirted in 2010, and then came back last season to dominate starting 11 times at left guard before stepping in for an injured Peter Konz at center against Penn State and Michigan State in two of the biggest games of the season. With Konz taking off early for the NFL, now the center job is all Frederick’s.

Taylor Lewan, Jr. Michigan
Bringing stability up front for the Wolverines at left tackle is the 6-8, 302-pound Lewan, a second-team All-Big Ten choice after coming up with a solid season as a 13-game starter. More of a leader coming into this season, this will be his line with center David Molk gone, and he seems to be taking to the role. With his size, athleticism and frame he has the potential to be among the top 50 picks in next year’s draft and could be a first rounder with a great final season and if he can stay healthy.

Morgan Moses, Jr. Virginia
While not nearly as polished as tackle Oday Aboushi, Moses is still a special talent at right tackle. He moved into the lineup in the middle of his rookie year and hasn’t left since. At a trimmed down 6-6 and 336 pounds, he can maul opposing, enveloping them with his considerable size and strength. He could stand to lose a few pounds, and improve his agility, which is why he’ll probably spend the next stage of his career lining up inside at guard. For now, though, he’ll be a special blocker on the outside.

Omoregie Uzzi, Sr. Georgia Tech
Uzzi is the headliner of the Yellow Jacket offensive line that will be among the best in the nation at opening things up for a dominant running game. The 6-3, 300-pounder is in his third year as a starter and in the hunt for his third straight All-ACC selection. He has the raw power and upper body strength needed to muscle his man out of the play, but like most blockers in a triple-option, Uzzi is at his best when he’s on the move. His balance and footwork make him a natural to destroy opponents when pulling and trapping on running plays.

- 2012 CFN All-America Teams
1st Team Offense | 2nd Team Offense | 3rd Team Offense | Special Teamers